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1793

French queen Marie Antoinette was guillotined for treason.

1859

Abolitionist John Brown his men captured the U.S. arsenal at Harper's Ferry.

1916

Margaret Sanger opened the first birth-control clinic in New York City.

1962

The Cuban Missile Crisis began.

1964

China detonated its first atomic bomb.

1978

John Paul II was elected pope.

1995

Hundreds of thousands of black men gathered in Washington for the "Million Man March" led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

2001

Twelve Senate offices were closed when a letter to Sen. Tom Daschle was found to contain anthrax.

2002

The White House announced that North Korea had disclosed the existence of a secret nuclear weapons program.

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