TODAY IN HISTORY
Oct. 12, 1492
(According to the Old Style calendar), Christopher Columbus’ expedition arrived in the present-day Bahamas.
ALSO ON THIS DATE 1792
The first recorded U.S. celebration of Columbus Day was held to mark the tricentennial of Christopher Columbus’ landing.
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.”
The Dr. Seuss Yuletide tale “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” was first published by Random House.
Singer John Denver was killed in the crash of his privately built aircraft in Monterey Bay, California; he was 53.