Today is Sunday, October 16, the 289th day of 2022. There are 76 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On October 16, 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis began when President John F. Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba.
To this date :
In 1758, American lexicographer Noah Webster was born in Hartford, Connecticut.
In 1793, during the French Revolution, Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France, was beheaded.
In 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown led a raid on the American arsenal at Harpers Ferry in what was then part of West Virginia. (Ten of Brown’s men were killed and five escaped. Brown and six followers were captured; all were executed.)
In 1934, the Chinese Communists, besieged by the Nationalists, began their year-long “long march” from southeast to northwest China.
In 1964, China detonated its first atomic bomb, dubbed “596”, at the Lop Nur proving ground.
In 1968, American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos caused controversy at the Mexico City Olympics when they saluted “black power” during a victory ceremony after winning gold and bronze medals in the 200 meters.
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 of John Paul II.
In 1984, Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu was named a Nobel Peace Prize laureate for his decades of nonviolent struggle for racial equality in South Africa.
In 1991, a fatal shooting took place in Killeen, Texas when a gunman opened fire on a cafeteria in Luby, killing 23 people before committing suicide.
In 1997, in the first known case in the United States, a Georgian woman gave birth after being implanted with previously frozen eggs.
In 2002, President George W. Bush signed a congressional resolution authorizing war against Iraq. The White House announced that North Korea had revealed it had a nuclear weapons program.
In 2009, agriculture officials said pigs in Minnesota tested positive for the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, the first such case in the United States.
Ten years ago: President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney met for their second debate; At the town hall-style meeting in suburban Hempstead, New York, Obama accused Romney of favoring a “one-point plan” to help the wealthy at the expense of the middle class while Romney countered by saying that ” the middle class has been crushed for the past four years.”
Five years ago: Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured and held by the Taliban for five years after leaving his post in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty to desertion and endangering his comrades. (A military judge later decided not to send him to jail.) A New Jersey man, Ahmad Khan Rahimi, was found guilty of planting two pressure cooker bombs on the streets of New York, one of which injured 30 people; Prosecutors said Rahimi considered himself “a soldier in a holy war against the Americans.” (Rahimi was sentenced to life in prison.)
A year ago: Seventeen missionaries from a US-based organization were abducted in Haiti; five children were among them. (Two of the hostages were released in November for medical reasons; the other 15 were freed in December.) An 11-hour deal was reached, averting a strike by film and television crews that would have frozen productions in Hollywood. and across the United States. Betty Lynn, the film and TV actress who was best known for her role as Barney Fife’s sweetheart Thelma Lou on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’, has died aged 95.
Today’s birthdays: Actor-producer Tony Anthony turns 85. Actor Barry Corbin is 82 years old. Sports commentator Tim McCarver is 81 years old. Rock musician CF Turner (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) is 79 years old. Actress Suzanne Somers is 76 years old. Singer-rock musician Bob Weir is 75 years old. Producer-director David Zucker is 75 years old. Record label executive Jim Ed Norman is 74. Actor Daniel Gerroll is 71 years old. Actor Martha Smith is 70 years old. Comedian-actor Andy Kindler is 66 years old. Actor-director Tim Robbins is 64 years old. Kemp is 63 years old. Singer-musician Bob Mold is 62 years old. Actor Randy Vasquez is 61 years old. Rock musician Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 60 years old. Director Kenneth Lonergan is 60 years old. Actor Christian Stolte is 60 years old. Actor Todd Stashwick is 54 years old. Terri J. Vaughn is 53 years old. Singer Wendy Wilson (Wilson Phillips) is 53 years old. Rock singer Chad Gray (Mudvayne) is 51. Actor Paul Sparks is 51 years old. Actor Kellie Martin is 47 years old. Singer John Mayer is 45 years old. Actor Jeremy Jackson is 42 years old. Actor Caterina Scorsone is 42 years old. Actor Brea Grant is 41 years old. Sue Bird is 41 years old. Actor Kyler Pettis is 30 years old. Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper is 30. Tennis star Naomi Osaka is 25 years old.