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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1997: Writer James Michener, whose major books include "Tales of the South Pacific," for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948, "Hawaii," "The Drifters," "Centennial" and "The Source," dies of kidney failure at the age of 90 in Austin, Texas.

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