On this day: October 16

POSTED: 9:02 AM PDT October 15, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT October 15, 2013 

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.

OTD October 16 - Pope John Paul II
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1978: Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, then archbishop of Krakow, is elected pope after the October 1978 Papal conclave. He would choose the name Pope John Paul II and serve until his death in 2005, making him the second-longest serving Pope in history.

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