French queen Marie Antoinette was guillotined for treason.
Abolitionist John Brown his men captured the U.S. arsenal at Harper's Ferry.
Margaret Sanger opened the first birth-control clinic in New York City.
The Cuban Missile Crisis began.
China detonated its first atomic bomb.
John Paul II was elected pope.
Hundreds of thousands of black men gathered in Washington for the "Million Man March" led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Twelve Senate offices were closed when a letter to Sen. Tom Daschle was found to contain anthrax.
The White House announced that North Korea had disclosed the existence of a secret nuclear weapons program.