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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1968: United States athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos are kicked off the U.S. team for participating in a Black Power salute during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. When the American national anthem began playing while they were are on the podium, Smith, who had won the gold medal in the 200-meter race, and Carlos, who won bronze, each bowed their heads and raised a black-gloved fist and kept them raised until the anthem had finished.


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