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On this day... October 12, 2017

Fun and historical facts for October 12th

Jim Clerkin
October 12, 2017 - 8:00 am
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OCTOBER 12TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL SAVINGS DAY
  • TODAY IS VERMONT APPRECIATION DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL FARMER’S DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL GUMBO DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • LUCIANO PAVAROTTI (1935-2007)

  • SAM MOORE (SAM & DAVE) (1935, 82)
  • CHRIS WALLACE (1947, 70)
  • SUSAN ANTON (1950, 67)
  • HUGH JACKMAN (1968, 49)

  • KIRK CAMERON (1970, 47)
  • BODE MILLER (1977, 40)
  • JOSH HUTCHERSON (1992, 25)

 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1492, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS LANDS IN THE BAHAMAS BELIEVING THAT HE HAS REACHED EAST ASIA
  • IN 1518, PAPAL AUTHORITIES INTERROGATE MARTIN LUTHER
  • IN 1609, “THREE BLIND MICE” IS PUBLISHED IN LONDON

  • IN 1773, THE FIRST AMERICAN INSANE ASYLUM IS OPENED IN VIRGINIA
  • IN 1792, NEW YORK CITY HOLDS THE FIRST EVER COLUMBUS DAY CELEBRATION
  • IN 1810, THE MARRIAGE OF CROWN PRINCE LUDWIG OF BAVARIA LEADS TO THE FIRST EVER OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATION

  • IN 1870, ROBERT E. LEE DIES OF PNEUMONIA AT 63
  • IN 1871, PRESIDENT GRANT OFFICIALLY CONDEMNS THE KU KLUX KLAN
  • IN 1879, BRITISH TROOPS OCCUPY KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
  • IN 1892, THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE IS FIRST RECITED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN HONOR OF COLUMBUS DAY
  • IN 1900, THE US NAVY COMMISSIONS ITS FIRST SUBMARINE, THE USS HOLLAND

  • IN 1901, PRESIDENT TEDDY ROOSEVELT RENAMES THE “EXECUTIVE MANSION” TO “THE WHITE HOUSE”
  • IN 1916, THE BOSTON RED SOX DEFEAT THE BROOKLYN DODGERS TO WIN THE 13TH WORLD SERIES

  • IN 1920, CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON THE HOLLAND TUNNEL
  • IN 1928, BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IS THE FIRST TO SUCCESSFULLY USE AN IRON LUNG
  • IN 1933, ALCATRAZ BECOMES A FEDERAL PRISON
  • IN 1933, JOHN DILLINGER ESCAPES FROM PRISON ON THE SAME DAY MACHINE GUN KELLY IS SENTENCE TO LIFE
  • IN 1942, THE NAVY DEFEATS JAPAN IN THE BATTLE OF CAPE ESPERANCE
  • IN 1948, CASEY STENGEL BECOMES THE MANAGER OF THE NY YANKEES
  • IN 1960, PRESIDENTS KENNEDY AND NIXON HAVE THEIR THIRD DEBATE

  • IN 1966, JIMI HENDRIX OFFICIALLY FORMS THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
  • IN 1967, THE CARDINALS DEFEAT THE RED SOX TO WIN THE WORLD SERIES
  • IN 1968, THE MEXICO CITY SUMMER OLYMPICS OPEN
  • IN 1969, A DETRIOT DJ BEGINS THE NOW IMFAMOUS “PAUL IS DEAD” CONSPIRACY

  • IN 1971, “JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR” OPENS ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1973, PRESIDENT NIXON NOMINATES GERALD FORD TO REPLACE SPIRO AGNEW
  • IN 1977, THE SUPREME COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS ON “REVERSE DISCRIMINATION” FROM ALLAN BAKKE, A WHITE STUDENT DENIED ADMISSION TO MED SCHOOL
  • IN 1978, SID VICIOUS IS CHARGED WITH MURDERING HIS GIRLFRIEND NANCY
  • IN 1984, FIVE PEOPLE DIE WHEN THE IRA BOMB A HOTEL WHERE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER MARGARET THATCHER IS STAYING
  • IN 1986, THE RED SOX COME FROM BEHIND TO DEFEAT THE ANGELS FOR THE PENANT

  • IN 1986, QUEEN ELIZABETH II VISITS CHINA
  • IN 1987, GEORGE HARRISON RELEASES “I’VE GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU”
  • IN 1988, PRESIDENT BUSH DEBATES MICHAEL DUKAKIS FOR THE SECOND TIME
  • IN 1991, BOXER HECTOR COMACHO IS ARRESTED FOR DRIVING DURING ORAL SEX
  • IN 1991, DOUG FLUTIE SETS THE CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE PASSING RECORD
  • IN 1997, JOHN DENVER DIES IN A PLANE CRASH AT 53

  • IN 1998, MATTHEW SHEPHARD IS KILLED IN A FIELD IN WYOMING AT 21
  • IN 1999, WILT CHAMBERLAIN DIES OF CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE AT 63
  • IN 2000, SUICIDE BOMBERS KILL 17 IN AN ATTACK ON THE USS COLE IN YEMEN
  • IN 2002, TWO SUICIDE BOMBS EXPLODE IN A BALI NIGHTCLUB KILLING 202 AND INJURING OVER 200 MORE TOURISTS
  • IN 2008, A MIXED DOUBLES GAME BETWEEN ANNA KOURNIKOVA, ANDY RODDICK, MARTINA NAVRITILOVA AND JESSE LEVINE RAISES $400,000 FOR THE ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION
  • IN 2012, THE EU IS CONTROVERSIALLY AWARDED THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
  • IN 2016, JAMES CHARLES BECOMES THE FIRST MALE FACE OF COVER GIRL MAKE UP
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