Today in his­tory

The Western Star - - Editorial -

Today in His­tory for Oct. 12:

On this date:

In 451, nearly 600 bish­ops of the Chris­tian church be­gan meet­ing at the Sec­ond Ec­u­meni­cal Coun­cil. Af­ter sev­eral days of de­bate, the Chal­cedo­nian creed, which af­firmed that Christ was both fully di­vine and hu­man, was adopted. In 1492, Christo­pher Colum­bus sighted land on his first voy­age to the New World - an is­land in the Ba­hamas chain, was named San Sal­vador and was claimed in the name of King Fer­di­nand and Queen Is­abella of Spain.

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 1822, Brazil pro­claimed its in­de­pen­dence.

In 1860, Elmer Sperry, in­ven­tor of gy­ro­scopic fly­ing in­stru­ments, was born in New York.

In 1870, Gen­eral Robert E. Lee died in Lex­ing­ton, Va., at age 63.

In 1871, Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent Ulysses S. Grant con­demned the Klu Klux Klan and or­dered the ar­rest of sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple be­lieved to be in­volved in Klan ac­tiv­i­ties.

In 1915, af­ter ad­mit­ting she helped 200 pa­tri­ots es­cape from oc­cu­pied Bel­gium, Bri­tish nurse Edith Cavell was ex­e­cuted as a spy by the Ger­mans dur­ing the First World War. In 1917, Prime Min­is­ter Sir Robert Bor­den an­nounced the for­ma­tion of a Union­ist govern­ment, made up of 12 Con­ser­va­tives, nine Lib­er­als and one La­bor rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

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