Saturday, October 12, 2013


Saturday, October  12, 2013
AP Highlight in History: 
On Oct. 12, 1492 (Old Style calendar; Oct. 21st New Style), Christopher Columbus arrived with his expedition in the present-day Bahamas.
On this date in:
1810The German festival Oktoberfest was first held in Munich to celebrate the wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.
1935Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti was born in Modena, Italy.
1960Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev disrupted a U.N. General Assembly session by pounding a shoe on his desk.
Audio LinkSoviet premier Nikita Khrushchev
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1971"Jesus Christ Superstar," a rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, opened on Broadway.
1973President Richard Nixon nominated House Minority Leader Gerald R. Ford, R-Mich., to succeed Spiro T. Agnew as vice president.
1984British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher escaped an attempt on her life when an Irish Republican Army bomb exploded at a hotel in Brighton, England, killing five people.
1986Superpower talks between President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland, ended in stalemate.
1998Matthew Shepard, a gay student at University of Wyoming, died five days after he was beaten, robbed and left tied to a wooden fence post outside of Laramie.
1999Pakistan's military overthrew the democratically-elected government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
2000Two al-Qaida suicide bombers in an explosives-laden boat rammed into the destroyer the USS Cole in Yemen, killing 17 sailors.
2002A bomb destroyed a nightclub on the Indonesian island of Bali, killing 202 people. Islamic militants linked to al-Qaida were blamed.
2007Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the Nobel Peace Prize for sounding the alarm over global warming.
2011A Nigerian al-Qaida operative pleaded guilty to trying to bring down a jetliner with a bomb in his underwear minutes before the plane landed in Detroit on Christmas Day 2009. (Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was later sentenced to life in prison.)
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Hugh Jackman turns 45 years old today.
AP Photo/Charles Sykes
Jake GarnFormer U.S. senator, R-Utah67
Dick GregoryComedian, activist81
Sam MooreR&B singer (Sam and Dave)78
Chris WallaceBroadcast journalist66
John EnglerFormer governor of Michigan65
Susan AntonActress63
Adam RichActor ("Eight is Enough")45
Martie MaguireCountry musician (Dixie Chicks)44
Kirk CameronActor ("Growing Pains")43
Bode MillerU.S. Olympic skiier36
Golfer Cristie Kerr turns 36 years old today.
AP Photo/Gene Puskar
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