TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT Oct. 12, 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.
ALSO ON THIS DATE 1870
Gen. Robert E. Lee died in Lexington, Virginia, at age 63.
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.”
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.