The Star Democrat - - OPINION - By THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

To­day is Fri­day, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2018. There are 80 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory:

On Oct. 12, 1973, Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon nom­i­nated House mi­nor­ity leader Ger­ald R. Ford of Michi­gan to suc­ceed Spiro T. Agnew as vice pres­i­dent.

On this date:

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

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

In 1870, Gen­eral Robert E. Lee died in Lex­ing­ton, Va., at age 63.

In 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.

In 1971, the rock opera “Je­sus Christ Su­per­star” opened at the Mark Hellinger The­atre on Broad­way.

In 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.

In 1986, the su­per­power meet­ing in Reyk­javik, Ice­land, ended in stale­mate, with Pres­i­dent Ronald Rea­gan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gor­bachev un­able to agree on arms con­trol or a date for a fullfledged sum­mit in the United States.

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

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

In 2001, NBC an­nounced that an as­sis­tant to an­chor­man Tom Brokaw had con­tracted the skin form of an­thrax af­ter open­ing a “threat­en­ing” let­ter to her boss con­tain­ing pow­der.

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