Today in History: Oct. 12

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UNDATED(AP) Thursday, Oct. 12, is the 285th day of 2017. There are 80 days left in the year.

  • Highlight in History:
    • On Oct. 12, 1492 (according to the Old Style calendar), Christopher Columbus’ expedition arrived in the present-day Bahamas.
  • On this date:
    • In 1792, the first recorded U.S. celebration of Columbus Day was held to mark the tricentennial of Christopher Columbus’ landing.
    • In 1810, the German festival Oktoberfest was first held in Munich to celebrate the wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.
    • In 1915, English nurse Edith Cavell was executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from occupied Belgium during World War I.
    • Also in 1915, former President Theodore Roosevelt, speaking to the Knights of Columbus in New York, criticized native-born Americans who identified themselves by dual nationalities, saying that “a hyphenated American is not an American at all.”
    • In 1933, bank robber John Dillinger escaped from a jail in Allen County, Ohio, with the help of his gang, who killed the sheriff, Jess Sarber.
    • In 1942, during World War II, American naval forces defeated the Japanese in the Battle of Cape Esperance.
    • Also in 1942, Attorney General Francis Biddle announced during a Columbus Day celebration at Carnegie Hall in New York that Italian nationals in the United States would no longer be considered enemy aliens.
    • In 1957, the Dr. Seuss Yuletide tale How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was first published by Random House.
    • In 1964, the Soviet Union launched a Voskhod space capsule with a three-man crew on the first mission involving more than one crew member (the flight lasted just over 24 hours).
    • In 1973, President Richard Nixon nominated House minority leader Gerald R. Ford, R-Mich., to succeed Spiro T. Agnew as vice president.
    • In 1984, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher escaped an attempt on her life when an Irish Republican Army bomb exploded at a hotel in Brighton, England, killing five people.
    • In 1997, singer John Denver was killed in the crash of his privately built aircraft in Monterey Bay, California; he was 53.
    • In 2000, 17 sailors were killed in a suicide bomb attack on the destroyer USS Cole in Yemen.
    • In 2002, bombs blamed on al-Qaida-linked militants destroyed a nightclub on the Indonesian island of Bali, killing 202 people, including 88 Australians and seven Americans.
  • Ten years ago:
    • Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the Nobel Peace Prize for sounding the alarm over global warming.
  • Five years ago:
    • Thousands of supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi clashed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in the first such violence since Morsi took office more than three months earlier.
    • The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize for fostering peace on a continent long ravaged by war.
  • One year ago:
    • Wells Fargo announced that its embattled CEO, John Stumpf, was stepping down as the nation’s second-largest bank found itself roiled by a scandal over its sales practices.
  • Birthdays:
    • Actress Antonia Rey is 90.
    • Former Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, is 85.
    • Singer Sam Moore (formerly of Sam and Dave) is 82.
    • Broadcast journalist Chris Wallace is 70.
    • Actress-singer Susan Anton is 67.
    • Jazz guitarist Ed Cherry is 63.
    • Rock singer-musician Pat DiNizio is 62.
    • Pop/rock singer/songwriter Jane Siberry is 62.
    • Actor Hiroyuki Sanada is 57.
    • Actor Carlos Bernard is 55.
    • Jazz trumpeter and singer Chris Botti is 55.
    • Rhythm-and-blues singer Claude McKnight (Take 6) is 55.
    • Rock singer Bob Schneider is 52.
    • Jazz saxophonist Harry Allen is 51.
    • Actor Hugh Jackman is 49.
    • Actor Adam Rich is 49.
    • Rhythm-and-blues singer Garfield Bright (Shai) is 48.
    • Country musician Martie Maguire (Courtyard Hounds, The Dixie Chicks) is 48.
    • Actor Kirk Cameron is 47.
    • Olympic gold medal skier Bode Miller is 40.
    • Rock singer Jordan Pundik (New Found Glory) is 38.
    • Actor Brian J. Smith is 36.
    • Actor Tyler Blackburn is 31.
    • Actor Marcus T. Paulk is 31.
    • Actor Josh Hutcherson is 25.
  • Thought for the day:
    • “Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honoured by posterity because he was the last to discover America.” — James Joyce, Irish author and poet (1882-1941).
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