Today in History for October 22nd

Highlights of this day in history: A Cold War crisis over Cuba leads to brink of nuclear war; Shah of Iran allowed into U.S. for treatment; 'Pretty Boy' Floyd killed; Last victim slain in D.C. sniper shootings; Cellist Pablo Casals dies. (Oct. 22)

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JOHN F KENNEDY (ON RADIO): Of the Soviet military buildup on the island of Cuba.

MIKE GRACIA: October 22, 1962-- Cold War superpowers reach the brink of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis. President John F Kennedy announces an air and naval blockade of Cuba after Soviet missile bases are discovered on the island.

JOHN F KENNEDY (ON RADIO): The purpose of these bases can be none other than to provide a nuclear strike capability against the western hemisphere.

MIKE GRACIA: The crisis ends when Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev agrees to remove the missiles, while Kennedy pledges the US won't invade Cuba.

1979-- the United States allows the deposed shah of Iran to travel to New York for medical treatment. Weeks later, Ahmad seizes the US embassy in Iran's capital Tehran, taking dozens of Americans hostage for 444 days.

1931-- federal agents gunned down Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, the Great Depression era bank robber, at a farm in East Liverpool, Ohio.

2002-- a bus driver shot to death in Maryland is the final victim in the Washington DC area sniper case. Days later, John Muhammad and Lee Malvo are caught in connection with the string of deadly shootings.

And, 1973--

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Pablo Casals, the Spanish born cellist, conductor, and composer, dies in Puerto Rico. He was 96. Today in history, October 22. Mike Gracia, the Associated Press.

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