On October 12th...
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1492 Christopher Columbus landed in America.
King Edward VI of England was born.
The children's rhyme "Three Blind
Mice" was published in London.
first asylum for 'Persons of Insane and
Disordered Minds' opened in Virginia.
Presbyterian preacher Lyman Beecher was born.
Actress Helena Modjeska was born.
The first women's medical school, the
Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, opened.
Brooke Taney, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme
Confederate General Robert E. Lee died.
Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams was born.
Occultist Aleister Crowley was born.
The U.S. Pledge of Allegiance was first
recited in public schools.
1899 The South
Africa Boer Republic declared war on Great
President Theodore Roosevelt renamed the
Executive Mansion the White House.
politician Philander Knox died.
1933 John Dillinger escaped from the
Allen County, Ohio, jail.
Dusty Rhodes was born.
Physical fitness "guru" Bernarr Macfadden died.
1958 A bomb
explosion damaged a Reform Jewish temple in
overloaded motor launch sank in heavy seas off
the Philippines; 75 persons drowned.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a
January 16 ruling by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court
of Appeals voiding the murder conviction of
Robert Lee Goldsby.
1964 Voskhod 1,
the first 3-man space craft, was launched.
1966 The Jimi
Hendrix Experience formed.
1968 Actor Hugh
Jackman was born.
1968 Actor Adam Rich was born.
skater Sonja Henie died.
Dean Acheson, U.S. Secretary of State, died.
1971 Singer Gene Vincent died.
Game show announcer Johnny Olson died.
Harrison released "Got My Mind Set On
Alfred Landon, Governor of Kansas and 1936
presidential candidate, died.
The Microwave Observing Project began searching
for extraterrestrial life.
Singer John Denver was killed in a plane crash.
The six billionth living human in the world was
Basketball player Wilt Chamberlain died.
Jockey Willie Shoemaker died.
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