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OCTOBER 12

Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1492 The New World Is First Sighted by Columbus' Ship The Pinta Spain Christopher Columbus Historic Firsts History Channel
1680 First Catholic Mass Is Conducted on Texas Soil Texas Catholicism Historic First Texas State Historical Association
1773 The First American Hospital Devoted Exclusively to the Care of the Mentally Ill Opens in Williamsburg, Virginia Williamsburg, Virginia Health Care Mental Health Historic Firsts Eastern State Hospital Virginia Historical Society
1810 The First Oktoberfest Is Celebrated in Munich, Germany Germany Historic Firsts German Missions in the United States
1850 Female Medical College of Pennsylvania Opens to 40 Students and 6 Faculty Pennsylvania Medicine Women Historic Firsts Homéopathe International
1875 Scotsman George G. Anderson Is First Person to Scale Yosemite's Half Dome California Yosemite National Park Climbing Historic Firsts Yosemite Online LearnCalifornia
1892 The First Car of Iron Ore from Mountain Iron, Minnesota Arrives at the Assay Office in Duluth Mountain Iron, Minnesota Iron Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1921 José Vasconcelos Appointed Mexico's First Secretary of Public Education Mexico Education Historic Firsts University of Texas
1930 Pilot Ralph Wien and Two Catholic Priests Are Killed in a Plane Crash at Kotzebue, Alaska Kotzebue, Alaska Air Disasters Death Alaska Historical Society
1964 Soviets Launch Voskhod I, First Space Capsule to Carry Three People Voskhod I Space Exploration Historic Firsts
1971 Andrew Lloyd Webber's Rock Opera, ''Jesus Christ Superstar,'' Opens on Broadway Andrew Lloyd Webber New York City Internet Broadway Database American Public Media
1979 Boston Celtic, Chris Ford, Hits the First 3-pointer in NBA History Baksetball NBA Historic First USA Today
1984 President Reagan's Executive Order Creates National Commission on Space President Ronald Reagan Space Exploration The Reagan Library

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