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Almanac

By The Associated Press

Today in History

Today is Friday, Oct. 16, the 290th day of 2020. There are 76 days left in the year.

Todayís Highlight in History:

On Oct. 16, 1968, American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos sparked controversy at the Mexico City Olympics by giving ìBlack powerî salutes during a victory ceremony after theyíd won gold and bronze medals in the 200-meter race.

On this date:

In 1793, during the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, was beheaded.

In 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown led a group of 21 men in a raid on Harpers Ferry in western Virginia. (Ten of Brownís men were killed and five escaped. Brown and six followers were captured; all were executed.)

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