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 - John Brown
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1859: Abolitionist John Brown leads a raid on Harpers Ferry, W.Va., in an attempt to start an armed slave revolt by seizing a United States arsenal there. Brown's raiders were initially successful in capturing the armory, but the raid was defeated two days later by a detachment of U.S. Marines led by Col. Robert E. Lee. Brown would be hung for treason on Dec. 2, 1859.


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