On this day: October 16

Published On: Oct 15 2012 12:02:35 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 16 2014 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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U.S. Military Academy

1934: Chinese Communists begin the Long March, a military retreat to evade the pursuit of the Chinese Nationalist Party army. The march would end a year and four days later and reportedly traverse some 8,000 miles. The Long March began Mao Zedong's ascent to power, whose leadership during the retreat gained him the support of party members.

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