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OCTOBER 12

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Brazil: Nossa Senhora de Aparecida/Our Lady of Aparecida Day
(Commemorates the feast day Our Lady of Aparecida. patron saint of Brazil)
Brazil Catholic Media
Costa Rica: cultures Day
(The Spanish conquistadores are remembered with protest marches by the indigenous people)
Costa Rica U.S. Department of State
Honduras: Americas Day
(Commemorates First Sighting of the New World by Christopher Columbus: 10/12/1492)
Costa Rica Christopher Columbus Expedia
Panama, Venezuela: Columbus Day
(Commemorates First Sighting of the New World by Christopher Columbus: 10/12/1492)
Panama Venezuela Christopher Columbus Washington Diplomat
Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Uruguay: Día de la Raza/Day of the Race
(Commemorates the Arrival of Christopher Columbus and the European Race: 10/12/1492)
Chile Colombia Guatemala Mexico Uruguay Christopher Columbus Mexico for Kids
Equatorial Guinea: Independence Day
(Commemorates Equatorial Guinea's Independence from Spain: 10/12/1968)
Equatorial Guinea Spain U.S. Department of State Washington Diplomat
Laos: Liberation from France Day
Laos France Expedia
Spain: Fiesta Nacional de Espana (National Day)
(Commemorates First Sighting of the New World by Christopher Columbus: 10/12/1492)
Spain Christopher Columbus Historic Firsts U.S. Department of State Schule.at
1537 Edward VI (King of England and Ireland) Great Britain British Monarchy
1782 Henry Dodge (Indiana-born Military and Political Leader; Marshall of the Missouri Territory, First Territorial Governor of Wisconsin) Indiana Political and Social Leaders Missouri Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Historical Society
1818 Elizabeth Van Lew (Virginia-born Union Spy During the American Civil War) Virginia Military Leaders American Civil War Virginia Historical Society
1869 William Henry Stafford (Wisconsin-born Member of the U.S. Congress) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Wisconsin Historical Society
1889 Perle Mesta (Michigan-born Women's Rights Activist, U.S. Diplomat) Michigan Political and Social Leaders Women's Rights Rights U.S. Government
1891 Edith Stein (German Scholar and Carmelite Nun; Executed by Nazis Because of Jewish Background) German Political and Social Leaders Nazi Germany Catholic Saints
1904 William Montague Cobb (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Civil Rights Activist) Washington, D.C. Polticial and Social Leaders U.S. Civil Rights Movement African-American Political & Social Leaders NAACP African American Registry
1906 Louise Rosenfeld (Iowa-born Home Economist, Member of the Iowa Hall of Fame) Iowa Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note Iowa Women's Hall of Fame
1913 Henry Carl Schadeberg (Wisconsin-born Member of the U.S. Congress) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Wisconsin Historical Society
1919 Dorie Miller (Texas-born African-American Recipient of the Navy Cross for Heroism at Pearl Harbor)) Texas Military Leaders American Military Leaders African-American Political & Social Leaders African American Registry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1864 Roger B. Taney (Maryland-born Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court) Maryland Political and Social Leaders United States Supreme Court Oyez
1870 Robert E. Lee (Virginia-born Leader of the Confederate Army) Virginia Military Leaders Robert E. Lee American Civil War New York Times Virginia Historical Society
1946 Joseph Stilwell (Florida-born General, U.S. Army) Joseph Stilwell U.S. Military Leaders World War I World War II History Channel
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1285 180 Jews Are Burned Alive At Their Munich Synagogue Germany Judiasm Death Jewish Virtual Library
1492 The New World Is First Sighted by Columbus' Ship The Pinta Spain Christopher Columbus Historic Firsts History Channel
1518 Luther's Hearing Before the Papal Legate Regarding His 95 Theses Begins in Augsburg Martin Luther Religion Catholicism Concordia
1565 Spanish Soldiers Execute French Admiral Jean Ribault and 200 Troops in Florida Spain France Florida Colonial American History Florida State History Association
1777 The British Fleet Sets Anchor on the Delaware River Great Britain Delaware Naval Military History American Revolution State of Delaware
1810 The First Oktoberfest Is Celebrated in Munich, Germany Germany Historic Firsts German Missions in the United States
1860 The Prince of Wales, England's Future King Edward VII, Is Honored at a Lavish Ball in New York City English Political and Social Leaders New York City Edward VII New York Historical Society
1865 Former Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens Leaves Federal Prison after Four Months President Andrew Johnson American Civil War University of Georgia
1899 South Africa's Boer War Begins South Africa England The Netherlands War Channel 4
1914 James C. McReynolds Sworn in As Associate Justice of U.S. Supreme Court Kentucky Political and Social Leaders United States Supreme Court Oyez
1921 José Vasconcelos Appointed Mexico's First Secretary of Public Education Mexico Education Historic Firsts University of Texas
1949 Sherman Minton Sworn in As Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Indiana Political and Social Leaders United States Supreme Court Oyez
1960 Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev Pounds Desk with His Shoe at the U.N. United Nations Nikita Krushchev History Channel
1967 Anti-War Protestors Interrupt a Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Drill at the University of Delaware Delaware Education Education Propaganda Vietnam War University of Delaware State of Delaware
1968 Equatorial Guinea Gains Its Independence from Spain Equatorial Guinea Spain U.S. Department of State
XIX Olympiad Opens in Mexico City Mexico 1968 Summer Olympic Games International Olympic Committee " target=_blank>International Olympic Committee
1973 President Richard Nixon Nominates Gerald R. Ford to Succeed Spiro T. Agnew as Vice President of the United States Gerald Ford President Nixon The American Presidency State of Michigan
1984 An IRA Terrorist Bomb Kills Four at the Grand Hotel, Brighton, England Great Britain Ireland Terrorism Death BBC
President Reagan's Executive Order Creates National Commission on Space President Ronald Reagan Space Exploration The Reagan Library
1986 Reagan-Gorbachev Iceland Summit Adjourns without Reaching Agreements Iceland Mikhail Gorbachev Ronald Reagan The Cold War BBC
1999 The United Nations Announces the World's Population Has Reached 6 Billion Population United Nations
Pakistan's Military Overthrows Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Pakistan BBC
2000 17 U.S. Sailors Killed When Terrorists Attack the USS Cole in Yemen Yemen Naval History Terrorism Death BBC
2001 U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan Selected for the Nobel Peace Prize United Nations Kofi Annan 2001 Nobel Laureate for Peace
NBC News Staff Exposed to Anthrax from Letter Addressed to Anchor, Tom Brokaw NBC Anthrax Terrorism CNN
2002 Islamic Militants' Bomb Destroys Indonesian Nightclub: 202 Die Islam Indonesia Terrorism Death BBC

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