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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.

To­day’s Birth­days

Ac­tress An­to­nia Rey is 91. Singer Sam Moore (for­merly of Sam and Dave) is 83. Ac­tresssinger Su­san An­ton is 68. Pop/ rock singer/song­writer Jane Siberry is 63. Ac­tor Hiroyuki Sanada is 58. Ac­tor Car­los Bernard is 56. Jazz mu­si­cian Chris Botti is 56. Rhythm-and­blues singer Claude McKnight (Take 6) is 56. Rock singer Bob Sch­nei­der is 53. Ac­tor Hugh Jack­man is 50. Ac­tor Adam Rich is 50. Rhythm-and­blues singer Garfield Bright (Shai) is 49. Coun­try mu­si­cian Mar­tie Maguire (Court­yard Hounds, The Dixie Chicks) is 49. Ac­tor Kirk Cameron is 48. Rock singer Jor­dan Pundik (New Found Glory) is 39. Ac­tor Brian J. Smith is 37. Ac­tor Tyler Black­burn is 32. Ac­tor Mar­cus T. Paulk is 32. Ac­tor Josh Hutch­er­son is 26.

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