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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1869: The Cardiff Giant, one of the most famous American hoaxes, is "discovered." The giant was a 10-foot-tall purported "petrified man" uncovered by workers digging a well behind the barn of William C. "Stub" Newell in Cardiff, New York. The giant was the creation of Newell's cousin, a New York tobacconist named George Hull. Hull, an atheist, decided to create the giant after an argument at a Methodist revival meeting about the passage in Genesis 6:4 stating that giants once lived on Earth.

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