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Today In History - October 12

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Today in History in 1492 Christopher Columbus made landfall on a Caribbean Island he names San Salvador; in 1792 the first Celebration of Columbus Day was held in the United States in New York; and in 1901 Theodore Roosevelt renamed the Executive Mansion, the White House.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 539 BC - The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon.
  • 1492 - Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall on Caribbean island he names San Salvador (likely Watling Island, Bahamas). The explorer believes he has reached East Asia (OS 21 Oct)
  • 1609 - Children's rhyme "Three Blind Mice" published in London
  • 1654 - The Delft Explosion (gunpowder) devastates the city in the Netherlands, killing more than 100.
  • 1773 - America's first insane asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds' in Virginia
  • 1775 - US Navy forms
  • 1792 - First celebration of Columbus Day in the USA held in New York
  • 1901 - Theodore Roosevelt renames "Executive Mansion," "The White House"
  • 1915 - Ford Motor Company under Henry Ford manufactures its 1 millionth Model T automobile
  • 1915 - Theodore Roosevelt criticizes US citzens who identify themselves, with dual nationalities
  • 1915 - Ford Motor Company under Henry Ford manufactures its 1 millionth Model T automobile
  • 1915 - Theodore Roosevelt criticizes US citzens who identify themselves, with dual nationalities
  • 1933 - John Dillinger escapes from jail in Allen County, Ohio
  • 1960 - JFK & Richard Nixon's third presidential debate
  • 1960 - Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev bangs his shoe on his desk at UN General Assembly session
  • 1962 - Infamous Columbus Day Storm strikes the U.S. Pacific Northwest with record wind velocities; 46 dead and at least U.S. $230 million in damages
  • 1964 - 1st time 3 people in space
  • 1973 - Nixon nominates Gerald Ford to replace Spiro Agnew as VP
  • 1986 - Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit the People's Republic of China

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1932 - Ned Jarrett, Conover, North Carolina, American race car driver and announcer (50 Grand National victories)
  • 1935 - Luciano Pavarotti, Modena Italy, operatic tenor (Oh Giorgio, 3 Tenors), (d. 2007)
  • 1935 - Sam Moore, Miami Fl, rock vocalist (Sam & Dave-Soul Sister)
  • 1935 - William Raspberry, Okolona, Mississippi, columnist (Pulitzer 1994), (d. 2012)
  • 1962 - Chris Botti, American jazz musician
  • 1968 - Adam Rich, NYC, actor (Nicholas-8 is Enough, Code Red, Gun Shy)
  • 1968 - Hugh Jackman, Australian actor and singer (X-men, Real Steel)
  • 1969 - Nancy Ann Kerrigan, Woburn Mass, figure skater (Olympics-silver-1994)
  • 1975 - Marion Jones, Los Angeles, California, track and field athlete/drug cheat (5 forfeited Olympic medals)

Famous Weddings

  • 1810 - First Oktoberfest: The Bavarian royalty invites the citizens of Munich to join the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
  • 1822 - "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" author Victor Hugo (20) weds Adele Fourcher
  • 1893 - Education pioneer Booker T. Washington (37) weds Margaret James Murray
  • 1929 - US military leader George Marshall (48) weds Katherine Tupper
  • 1942 - Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (41) weds dancer Lucille Wilson (28)
  • 1980 - Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman (43) weds businesswoman Lisa Gottsegen (26) in Roxbury, Connecticut
  • 1991 - Steven Spielberg weds Kate Capshaw
  • 1997 - "Malcom X" actress Angela Bassett (39) weds actor Courtney B. Vance (38) in Los Angeles
  • 2003 - Actor Danny Nucci (35) weds actress Paula Marshall (39) in Los Angeles
  • 2012 - Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham (50) weds fitness model Audrey Murdick (32) at the Sunstone Vineyards in Santa Ynez, California
  • 2013 - "Charmed" tv actress Rose McGowan (40) weds artist Davey Detail at the Paramour Mansion inLos Angeles, California
  • 2013 - Actor Ben Feldman (33) weds longtime girlfriend Michelle Mulitz at Smokey Glen Farm inGaithersburg, Maryland
  • 2013 - Grammy award-winning record producer Pharrell Williams (40) weds model Helen Lasichanh in Miami, Florida
  • 2013 - "30 Rock" actor Keith Powell weds visual artist Jill Knox at Tribeca Rooftop in NYC, New York
  • 2013 - Former Guns N' Roses Matt Sorum (52) weds singer and dancer Adriane Harper in Palm Springs, California
  • 2013 - Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis (53) weds paralegal Johnny Chaillot in Malibu, California

Famous Deaths

  • 1870 - Robert E. Lee, US General of Confederate Army, dies at 63
  • 1997 - John Denver, American country music star (Country Boy), dies in a plane crash at 53
  • 1999 - Wilt Chamberlain, American basketball player, dies of congestive heart failure at 63

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