October 12th-This Day In History

October 12 is the 285th day of the year. There are 80 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday (58 in 400 years each) than on Saturday or Sunday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Thursday (56).

+ 1492 – Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean, specifically in The Bahamas. The explorer believes he has reached the Indies.

+ 1773 – America's first insane asylum opens.

+ 1792 – The first celebration of Columbus Day is held in New York City.

+ 1793 – The cornerstone of Old East, the oldest state university building in the United States, is laid on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

+ 1892 – The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited by students in many US public schools, as part of a celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus's voyage.

+ 1901 – President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the "Executive Mansion" to the White House.

+ 1928 – An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children's Hospital, Boston.

(Births) 

 

+ 1935 – Tony Kubek, American baseball player and sportscaster

+ 1945 – Dusty Rhodes, American wrestler and trainer (d. 2015)

+ 1968 – Hugh Jackman, Australian actor, singer, and producer

+ 1970 – Kirk Cameron, American actor, screenwriter, and Christian evangelical/anti-evolution activist

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