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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Courtesy of CIA

1962: The Cuban missile crisis begins as President John F. Kennedy is notified that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba. The ensuing 13-day standoff between the U.S. and the Soviet Union is generally regarded as the moment in which the Cold War came closest to turning into a nuclear conflict.


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