October 12

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1692 – The Salem witch trials ended with a letter from Massachusetts Governor Sir William Phips.

1773 – America’s first insane asylum opened.

1792 – The first celebration of Columbus Day was held in New York, NY.

1892 – The Pledge of Allegiance was first recited by students in many U.S. public schools, as part of a celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ voyage.

1901 – President Theodore Roosevelt officially renamed the “Executive Mansion” to “The White House”.

1920 – Construction of the Holland Tunnel began. It opened on November 13, 1927. The tunnel links Jersey City, NJ and New York City, NY.

1926 – John Phillip Sousa played in Grand Rapids, MI at the G.R. Armory.

1928 – An iron lung respirator was used for the first time at Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA.

1933 – The U.S. Department of Justice acquired Alcatraz Island from the U.S. Army.

1938 – Filming began on “The Wizard of Oz”.

1969 – The “Paul is Dead” craze began when a radio DJ played “Revolution #9” backwards.

1973 – Gerald R. Ford was nominated to replace Spiro Agnew as Vice President of the United States.

1979 – “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, the first of five books in the comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams was published.

1983 – Karen Carpenter received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1989 – The House of Representatives approved a statutory federal ban against destroying the American flag.

1994 – NASA lost radio contact with the Magellan spacecraft as the probe descended into the thick atmosphere of Venus.

1998 – Matthew Shephard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, died five days after he was beaten, robbed and left tied to a wooded fence post outside of Laramie, WY.

1998 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Online Copyright Bill.

1999 – Rob Reiner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2000 – The U.S.S. Cole was badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers. The blast killed 17 crew members and wounded at least 39.

2001 – Responding to a request by President George W. Bush, “America’s Most Wanted” aired a special episode about terrorists.

2005 – It was announced that Daniel Craig would become the sixth “James Bond.”

2006 – The Dow Jones industrial average advanced over 11,900 for the first time.

2007 – Former Vice President Al Gore was named a Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work on global climate change.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Antonia Rey 1927 – Actress (“Jacob’s Ladder”, “King of the Gypsies”, TV’s “Who’s the Boss?”, “Third Watch”, “Law & Order”, Law & Order: Criminal Intent”)

Chris Wallace 1947 – TV News Anchor (TV’s “Fox News Sunday”, “Meet the Press”)

Susan Anton 1950 – Actress, singer

Hugh Jackman 1968 – Actor (“Les Miserables”, “Real Steel’, “The X-Men” movies, “The Wolverine”, “Australia”, “Van Helsing”, “Swordfish”, “Kate and Leopold”)

Adam Rich 1968 – Actor (Played Nicholas Bradford on TV’s “Eight Is Enough”)

Martie Seidel 1969 – Musician (Dixie Chicks)

Kirk Cameron 1970 – Actor, evangelist (Played Mike Seaver on TV’s “Growing Pains”)

Josh Hutcherson 1992 – Actor (“The Hunger Games”, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, “The Kids Are All Right”, “RV”, “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and its sequels)

 

TODAY IS:

Old Farmers Day

Pulled Pork Day

World Arthritis Day

World Sight Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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