On this day: October 16

Published On: Oct 15 2012 12:02:35 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 16 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

Marie Antoinette loses her head, the Cuban Missile Crisis begins, Baby Jessica is pulled from the well, and the Million Man March takes over Washington, D.C., all on this day.

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1982: Halley's Comet is first detected on its 30th recorded visit to Earth by a team of astronomers at the Mount Palomar Observatory led by David Jewett and G. Edward Danielson. They found the comet, beyond the orbit of Saturn, about 1.6 billion kilometers from the sun.

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