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Today in history: October 28

The Cuban Missile Crisis ended when Soviet leader Khrushchev said he would remove nuclear missiles from Cuba

Oct. 28, 1886: President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Lady Liberty, a gift from the people of France, has served as a symbol of freedom ever since. "We will not forget that liberty here made her home, nor shall her chosen altar be neglected," the president said.

Oct. 28, 1962: The Cuban Missile Crisis — the most dangerous chapter of the Cold War — ended when Soviet leader Khrushchev said he would remove nuclear missiles from Cuba. President Kennedy — hours from ordering a U.S. attack on Cuba — accepted the Soviet offer and ended a U.S. naval quarantine (blockade). The Cuban Missile Crisis nearly led to nuclear war between the U.S. and Soviet Union. Analysts believe that a nuclear exchange between the two superpowers would have killed 100 million Americans and 100 million Soviets.

Oct. 28,1998: President Clinton signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, aimed at strengthening copyright protections posed by the internet.

Quote of the Day

"In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility — I welcome it." — John F. Kennedy

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