This was 285th day of the year and 80 days remained in the year.

October 12 Birthdays

Luciano Pavarotti
1935–2007, Italian tenor.

Elmer Ambrose Sperry
inventor (1860)

Samuel Elmer Imes
chemist, physicist (1883)

Ann Petry
novelist (1908)

Hugh Jackman
actor (1968)

Charlie Ward
football & basketball player (1970)

October 12 in History


Columbus landed in present-day Bahamas.


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


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


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


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


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


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

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