TODAY IN HISTORY
On Oct. 16, 1793, Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, was beheaded.
In 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown led a raid on Harpers Ferry in western Virginia.
In 1901, Booker T. Washington dined at the White House as the guest of President Theodore Roosevelt, whose invitation to the Black educator sparked controversy.
In 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.
In 1978, the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church chose Cardinal Karol Wojtyla to be the new pope; he took the name John Paul II.
In 2002, President George W. Bush signed a congressional resolution authorizing war against Iraq. Also: the White House announced that North Korea had disclosed it had a nuclear weapons program.