TODAY IN HISTORY
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 Saxe-Hildburghausen.
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.”