TODAY IN HISTORY
Oct. 24, 1962
A naval quarantine of Cuba ordered by President John F. Kennedy went into effect during the missile crisis.
ALSO ON THIS DATE 1936
The short story “The Devil and Daniel Webster” by Stephen Vincent Benet was published in The Saturday Evening Post.
DuPont began publicly selling its nylon stockings in Wilmington, Delaware. Benny Goodman and His Orchestra recorded their signature theme, “Let’s Dance,” for Columbia Records in New York.
Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who’d broken Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947, died in Stamford, Connecticut, at age 53.