12 OCTOBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • King Edward VI, 1537
  • Helena Modjeska, 1840
  • Ramsay MacDonald, 1866
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872
  • Aleister Crowley, 1875
  • Alice Childress, 1916
  • Dick Gregory, 1932
  • Luciano Pavarotti, 1935
  • Susan Anton, 1950
  • Adam Rich, 1968
  • Kirk Cameron, 1970

Died On This Day:

  • Emperor Maximilian II, 1576
  • Robert Stephenson, 1859
  • General Robert E. Lee, 1870
  • Edith Cavell executed, 1915
  • Anatole France, 1924
  • Tom Mix killed, 1940
  • Sonja Henie, 1969
  • Gene Vincent, 1971
  • Dean Acheson, 1971
  • Alf Landon, 1987
  • Ken Murray, 1988
  • René Lacoste, 1996
  • John Denver killed, 1997
  • Wilt Chamberlain, 1999
  • Ray Conniff, 2002
  • Willie Shoemaker, 2003

Today's Events:

  • 1492 - Columbus discovers America; well, sailor on Pinta spots Bahamas at 2 a.m.
  • 1609 - 'Three Blind Mice' published by London teenage songwriter Thomas Ravenscroft.
  • 1681 - London woman publicly flogged for the crime of 'involving herself in politics.'
  • 1773 - America's first insane asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds' in VA.
  • 1792 - First celebration of Columbus Day in America held in New York.
  • 1822 - Brazil becomes formally independent of Portugal; Don Pedro proclaimed emperor.
  • 1899 - Anglo Boer War begins at Cape Province, Mafeking.
  • 1928 - Iron lung respirator first used at Children's Hospital, Boston.
  • 1944 - 30,000 girls riot in New York in front of Paramount Theatre for Frank Sinatra tickets.
  • 1948 - First Morris Minor car in Britain produced at Cowley, Oxfordshire - designed by Alec Issigonis.
  • 1953 - 'The Caine Mutiny Court Martial' opens at Plymouth Theatre, N.Y.
  • 1983 - Japan's ex Prime Minister found guilty of taking a $2 million bribe from Lockheed.
  • 1984 - Margaret Thatcher survives IRA assassination attempt; 5 killed.
  • 2000 - Yemini Al Queda suicide bombers explode bomb at USS Cole in Aden Harbor; 17 sailors dead.
  • 2002 - Terrorists bomb Bali Nightclub in Kuta Beach - 200+ dead.
  • 2007 - World record for a Chinese contemporary artist - Yue Minjun's work sells for $5.9 million at Sotheby's London.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Serafino
  • Wilfrid of York
  • Edwin
  • Felix and Cyprian
  • Maximilian of Lorch
  • Ethelburga of Barking

Holiday:

  • Columbus Day in the US
  • Independence Day Equatorial Guinea (1968)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • CHUSOK (Korea) on day of full moon of eighth lunar month.
  • DURGA-PUJA (Hindu festival of Goddess Durga)
  • PITRA PASKSHA and AMAVASYA, Hindu Feast of the Dead.
  • LAKSHMI PUJA, Hindu Festival of the Goddess of Fortune
  • CHUNG CHI'U CHIEH (Chinese mid-autumn festival) 15th day of 8th lunar month.
  • DIVALI (India) five day autumn festival.
  • BHRATRI DWITYA, Hindu Festival of Brothers
  • RAMADAN, Muslim holy month
  • CHILD HEALTH DAY - first Monday in October in USA
  • COLUMBUS DAY - first Monday in October
  • DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS - last Sunday in October set clocks back
  • MOTHER-IN-LAW DAY - celebrated fourth Sunday in October in US
  • NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY - second Sunday in October in USA
  • THANKSGIVING DAY IN CANADA - second Monday in October

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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