October 12

1492

Columbus landed in present-day Bahamas.

1870

Gen. Robert E. Lee died in Lexington, Va., at age 63.

1960

Soviet premier Nikita Krushchev created a disturbance at the U.N. General Assembly by pounding his desk with his shoe.

1964

The Soviets launched Voskhod I, the first space capsule to carry three people into orbit.

1999

NBA Hall-of-Famer Wilt Chamberlain died at his Bel Air home at age 63.

2000

17 U.S. sailors killed with the terrorist attack on the USS Cole in Yemen.

2002

A bomb destroyed a nightclub in Bali, killing 202, mostly tourists.

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