On This Day

What Happened on October 16, 1962

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Byron R White becomes a Supreme Court Justice

Battle of InterestCuban Missile Crisis

Cuban missile crisis begins as JFK is shown photos confirming the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba
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Reconnaissance photo of Soviet missiles in Cuba shown to John F. Kennedy on October 16, 1962
Reconnaissance photo of Soviet missiles in Cuba shown to John F. Kennedy on October 16, 1962
  • KTXT TV channel 5 in Lubbock, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • NY Yankees appear in 12 & win 9 of last 14 World Series
  • Yanks (20th championship) beat SF Giants 4 games to 3 in World Series

Famous Birthdays

  • Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian baritone
  • Durga McBroom, American singer, songwriter, and actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Flea, [Michael Balzary], bassist (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • Laura Coenen, team handball goalie (Olymp-1988, 92, 96), born in Neenah, Wisconsin
  • Manute Bol, NBA center (Golden State Warriors)
  • Tamara McKinney, slalom skier (Olympic-4th-1984), born in Lexington, Kentucky

Famous Deaths

  • Gaston Bachelard, French philosopher (Water & Dreams), dies at 78