spotlight Today in history: Oct. 16 Oct 16, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1793: Marie Antoinette In 1793, during the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, was beheaded. AP 1859: John Brown In 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown led a group of 21 men in a raid on Harpers Ferry in western Virginia. (Ten of Brown's men were killed and five escaped. Brown and six followers were captured; all were executed.) STF 1916: Planned Parenthood In 1916, Planned Parenthood had its beginnings as Margaret Sanger and her sister, Ethel Byrne, opened the first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York. (The clinic ended up being raided by police and Sanger was arrested.) STF 1962: Cuban Missile Crisis On Oct. 16, 1962, the Cuban missile crisis began as President John F. Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba. AP 1968: Mexico City Olympics In 1968, American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos sparked controversy at the Mexico City Olympics by giving "black power" salutes during a victory ceremony after they'd won gold and bronze medals in the 200-meter race. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1969: New York Mets In 1969, the New York Mets capped their miracle season by winning the World Series, defeating the Baltimore Orioles, 5-3, in Game 5 played at Shea Stadium. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1978: John Paul II In 1978, the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church chose Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (voy-TEE'-wah) to be the new pope; he took the name John Paul II. MASSIMO SAMBUCETTI 1987: Jessica McClure In 1987, a 58-1/2-hour drama in Midland, Texas, ended happily as rescuers freed Jessica McClure, an 18-month-old girl trapped in a narrow, abandoned well. Eric Gay 1991: Cafeteria Murder-Suicide In 1991, a deadly shooting rampage took place in Killeen, Texas, as a gunman opened fire at a Luby's Cafeteria, killing 23 people before taking his own life. RON HEFLIN 1995: Million Man March In 1995, a vast throng of black men gathered in Washington, D.C. for the "Million Man March" led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. STEVE HELBER 2002: President George W. Bush In 2002, President George W. Bush signed a congressional resolution authorizing war against Iraq. RON EDMONDS 2014: San Francisco Giants Five years ago: Travis Ishikawa hit the first homer to end an NL Championship Series, a three-run drive that sent San Francisco to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5. Chris Carlson 2018: Jamal Khashoggi One year ago: A Turkish official said police searching the Saudi Consulate found evidence that Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL' khahr-SHOHK'-jee) had been killed there. Emrah Gurel Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps History Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments × Post a comment as Emoticons [smile] [beam] [wink] [sad] [cool] [innocent] [rolleyes] [whistling] [lol] [huh] [tongue] [love] [sleeping] [yawn] [unsure] [angry] [blink] [crying] [ohmy] [scared] [sleep] [sneaky] [tongue_smile] [thumbdown] [thumbup] [censored] [happybirthday] [ban] [spam] [offtopic] [batman] [ninja] [pirate] [alien] Comment Text Cancel Post comment × Your comment has been submitted. × Report Cancel Report Abuse ×Reported ×There was a problem reporting this. × Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Watch this discussion Get an email notification whenever someone contributes to the discussion Notifications from this discussion will be disabled. Cancel Start watching Stop watching (0) comments Welcome to the discussion. Log In Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Post a comment Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Recommended View All Promotions promotion spotlight AP QUIZ: What type of Halloween candy are you? spotlight promotion AP What breed of puppy is perfect for you? More Latest Local Offers YELLOW ROSE RANCH SUPPORT HOUSING IN CALISTOGA! Quick Smog Check The Napa Valley Register for coupon for $41.99 Smog Test + Cert $8.25. NO appointment needed! Napa Long-Term Care Ombudsman Interested in volunteering for the Napa Ombudsman Program? Make a real difference in the lives of residents in long-term care. Training is provided. Sign Up Today!