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On this day in 1962, President Kennedy went on radio and television to inform
the United States about his order to send
U.S.forces to blockade Cuba. The blockade was in response to the discovery of Soviet missile bases on the
island.

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On this day in 1979, the ousted Shah of Iran, Mohammad Riza
Pahlavi (below), was allowed into the
U.S.
for medical treatment.

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It was on this day in 1931.

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The body of gangster Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd is shown propped
on a slab in the county morgue in East Liverpool, Ohio.

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On this day in 2002, bus driver Conrad Johnson was shot at 5:56 a.m. while standing on the steps of his bus at the 14100 block of Grand Pre Road in
Aspen Hill, Maryland. He was the last victim in the D.C. Sniper shootings.

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The snipers

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Pablo Casals (Pau Casals i Defilló)
(December 29, 1876 – October 22, 1973)

Pablo Casals was a cellist, composer, and conductor from Catalonia,
Spain. He is generally regarded as the pre-eminent cellist of the first
half of the 20th century, and one of the greatest cellists of all time. He
made many recordings throughout his career and was awarded the
Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy.

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CRISIS BEGAN ON THIS DAY IN 1962

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The Cuban Missile Crisis began on October 14, 1962, bringing the United
States and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear conflict. Photographs
taken by a high-altitude U-2 spy plane (above) offered incontrovertible
evidence that Soviet-made medium-range missiles in Cuba—capable of
carrying nuclear warheads—were now stationed 90 miles off the
American coastline.

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U-2 Spy Plane

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                               Wright Brothers National Memorial.

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CRISIS ENDED ON THIS DAY IN 1962

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The Cuban Missile Crisis, also known as the October Crisis formally ended 
when the Soviet Union removed its missiles and bombers from Cuba and
the U.S.ended its blockade of the island. A series of agreements sharply
reduced U.S.–Soviet tensions during the following years.

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