TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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TO­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT Oct. 12 1792

The first recorded U.S. cel­e­bra­tion of Colum­bus Day was held to mark the tri­cen­ten­nial of Christo­pher Colum­bus’ land­ing.

ALSO ON THIS DATE 1810

The Ger­man fes­ti­val Ok­to­ber­fest was first held in Mu­nich to cel­e­brate the wed­ding of Bavar­ian Crown Prince Lud­wig and Princess Therese of Sax­eHild­burghausen.

1915

English nurse Edith Cavell was ex­e­cuted by a Ger­man fir­ing squad for help­ing Al­lied sol­diers es­cape from oc­cu­pied Bel­gium dur­ing World War I. 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.”

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