TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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To­day is Thursday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2017. There are 80 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory

On Oct. 12, 1492 (ac­cord­ing to the Old Style calendar), Christo­pher Colum­bus’ ex­pe­di­tion ar­rived in the present-day Ba­hamas.

On this date

1792 — The first recorded U.S. cel­e­bra­tion of Colum­bus Day was held to mark the tri­cen­ten­nial of Christo­pher Colum­bus’ land­ing.

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.

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 na­tive­born Amer­i­cans who iden­ti­fied them­selves by dual na­tion­al­i­ties, say­ing that “a hy­phen­ated Amer­i­can is not an Amer­i­can at all.”

1933 — Bank rob­ber John Dillinger es­caped from a jail in Allen County, Ohio, with the help of his gang, who killed the sher­iff, Jess Sar­ber.

1942 — Dur­ing World War II, Amer­i­can naval forces de­feated the Ja­panese in the Bat­tle of Cape Esper­ance. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Francis Bid­dle an­nounced dur­ing a Colum­bus Day cel­e­bra­tion at Carnegie Hall in New York that Ital­ian na­tion­als in the United States would no longer be con­sid­ered en­emy aliens.

1957 — The Dr. Seuss Yule­tide tale “How the Grinch Stole Christ­mas!” was first pub­lished by Ran­dom House.

1964 — The Soviet Union launched a Voskhod space cap­sule with a three-man crew on the first mis­sion in­volv­ing more than one crew mem­ber (the flight lasted just over 24 hours).

1966 — Mar­shall Forest be­came Rome’s first National Nat­u­ral Land­mark.

1973 — Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon nom­i­nated House mi­nor­ity leader Ger­ald R. Ford of Michi­gan to suc­ceed Spiro T. Agnew as vice pres­i­dent.

1984 — 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.

1997 — Singer John Den­ver was killed in the crash of his pri­vately built air­craft in Mon­terey Bay, Cal­i­for­nia; he was 53.

2000 — 17 sailors were killed in a sui­cide bomb at­tack on the de­stroyer USS Cole in Ye­men.

2002 — Bombs blamed on al-Qaida-linked mil­i­tants de­stroyed a night­club on the In­done­sian is­land of Bali, killing 202 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 88 Aus­tralians and seven Amer­i­cans.

One year ago

Wells Fargo an­nounced that its em­bat­tled CEO, John Stumpf, was step­ping down as the na­tion’s sec­ond-largest bank found it­self roiled by a scan­dal over its sales prac­tices.

To­day’s Birthdays

Ac­tress An­to­nia Rey is 90. Singer Sam Moore (for­merly of Sam and Dave) is 82. Ac­tresssinger Su­san An­ton is 67. Rock singer-mu­si­cian Pat DiNizio is 62. Rock singer Bob Schneider is 52. Ac­tor Hugh Jack­man is 49. Ac­tor Adam Rich is 49. Rhythm-and-blues singer Garfield Bright (Shai) is 48. Coun­try mu­si­cian Mar­tie Maguire (Court­yard Hounds, The Dixie Chicks) is 48. Ac­tor Kirk Cameron is 47. Olympic gold medal skier Bode Miller is 40. Rock singer Jor­dan Pundik (New Found Glory) is 38. Ac­tor Brian J. Smith is 36. Ac­tor Tyler Black­burn is 31. Ac­tor Mar­cus T. Paulk is 31. Ac­tor Josh Hutch­er­son is 25. Ma­son and Madi­son Glan­ton, son and daugh­ter of Markeisha Glan­ton of Rome, are 1.

Ma­son and Madi­son Glan­ton

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