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. 1915 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.” 1957 The Dr. Seuss Yuletide tale “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” was first published by Random House. 1997 Singer John Denver was killed in the crash of his privately built aircraft in Monterey Bay, California; he was 53.