On this day: October 16

POSTED: 10:02 AM MDT Oct 15, 2012    UPDATED: 12:00 AM MDT Oct 16, 2015 

Marie Antoinette loses her head, the Cuban Missile Crisis begins, Baby Jessica is pulled from the well, and the Million Man March takes over Washington, D.C., all on this day.

OTD October 16 - Mel Carnahan
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2000: Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan is killed when the twin-engine Cessna airplane piloted by his son, Randy Carnahan, crashes on a heavily forested hillside during a rainstorm and foggy conditions near Goldman, Missouri. His son and Chris Sifford, his campaign advisor and former chief of staff, also died in the crash. Carnahan, 66, was running for the U.S. Senate at the time of the accident and his name remained on the ballot for the Nov. 7, 2000, election due to state election law. His widow, Jean Carnahan, unofficially became the Democratic candidate and, in a Senate first, Carnahan won posthumous election, beating incumbent John Ashcroft by a 2 percent margin. Jean Carnahan was then appointed to the Senate and served until November 2002, when she was narrowly defeated in a special election by Republican James Talent.


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