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On this day: October 16

POSTED: 12:02 PM Oct 15 2012   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Oct 16 2014

Marie Antoinette loses her head, the Cuban Missile Crisis begins, Baby Jessica is pulled from the well, and the Million Man March takes over Washington, D.C., all on this day.

OTD October 16 - Dan Wheldon
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2011: British racecar driver Dan Wheldon dies shortly after a collision at the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at the age of 33. Wheldon was the 2005 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series champion and a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.

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