This day in history

Tuesday, Oct. 16, is the 290th day of 2012. There are 76 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Angela Lansbury is 87. Sportscaster Tim McCarver is 71. Actress Suzanne Somers is 66. Rock singer-musician Bob Weir is 65. Producer-director David Zucker is 65. Actor-director Tim Robbins is 54. Singer-musician Bob Mould is 52. Actor Randy Vasquez is 51. Rock musician Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 50. Jazz musician Roy Hargrove is 43. Rapper B-Rock (B-Rock and the Bizz) is 41. Rock singer Chad Gray (Mudvayne) is 41. Singer John Mayer is 35.

In 1793, during the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, was beheaded.


In 1912, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, defeating the New York Giants, 3-2, in Game 8 (Game 2 had ended in a tie on account of darkness).

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In 1962, President Kennedy was informed by national security adviser McGeorge Bundy that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba.

In 1987, a 58½-hour drama in Midland, Texas, ended happily as rescuers freed 18-month-old Jessica McClure, trapped in an abandoned well.