To­day in his­tory

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To­day is Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 12, the 285th day of 2017 and the 21st day of au­tumn.

On this date in the SCV:

In 1988, The Sig­nal re­ported that 65 1927era lots had been ter­raced out of the side of the steep Ne­whall hills above Wheeler Road and Ver­mont Drive and were nearly ready for sale. The tract was be­ing bit­terly fought by res­i­dents to the north in the Wheeler Road area, and to the east in the costly Peach­land Es­tates. Res­i­dents in both neigh­bor­hoods said they feared the ter­races would dump too much rain­wa­ter onto their land. The Wheeler res­i­dents said the tract would bring too many cars through their long-es­tab­lished neigh­bor­hood. The owner of the tract, Fer­nando Faura, had fought back just as hard, claim­ing that the many county in­spec­tions and six in­ves­ti­ga­tions of his prop­erty were a form of po­lit­i­cal ha­rass­ment. Faura said he be­lieved he was be­ing ha­rassed partly be­cause of a law­suit filed against him by Bill Small of Wheeler Road, say­ing he and oth­ers had an ease­ment on Faura’s prop­erty that they and their chil­dren used daily to go east to Peach­land Av­enue. Faura had in­cor­po­rated that pri­vate road into home­sites in his project and it was no longer avail­able for use by the res­i­dents in the Wheeler tract.

To­day’s High­lights in His­tory:

In 1492, ex­plorer Christo­pher Colum­bus’ ex­pe­di­tion made land­fall in the Ba­hamas. In 1892, the Pledge of Al­le­giance was re­cited by stu­dents in pub­lic schools for the first time, in cel­e­bra­tion of the 400th an­niver­sary of Colum­bus’ voy­age. In 1945, the Al­lied Con­trol Coun­cil in Ger­many de­creed that the Nazi po­lit­i­cal party be dis­solved. In 2000, a sui­cide bomb at­tack on the USS Cole in Ye­men killed 17 sailors and wounded 39. In 2007, for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore was awarded the No­bel Peace Prize for his ef­forts to in­crease pub­lic knowl­edge about cli­mate change.

To­day’s fact:

The United Na­tions Pop­u­la­tion Fund es­ti­mated that the world’s pop­u­la­tion reached 7 bil­lion at the end of Oc­to­ber 2011, but ac­cord­ing to U.S. Cen­sus Bu­reau de­mog­ra­phers, that num­ber was not reached un­til four months later.

To­day’s sports:

In 2003, Michael Schu­macher won his sixth For­mula One Driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship, break­ing a record held for 48 years by Juan Manuel Fan­gio.

To­day’s num­ber:

42 – the An­swer to the Ul­ti­mate Ques­tion of Life, the Uni­verse and Ev­ery­thing, ac­cord­ing to Dou­glas Adams’ com­edy science fic­tion novel “The Hitch­hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” pub­lished on this day in 1979.

To­day’s moon:

Last quar­ter moon

(Oct. 12).

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