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Notable Historical Events for October 12th

1984IRA bombs hotel where British PM Margaret Thatcher is staying, 5 die

1960JFK & Richard Nixon's third presidential debate

1492Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall on Caribbean island he names San Salvador (likely Watling Island, Bahamas). The explorer believes he has reached East Asia (OS 21 Oct)

1960Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev bangs his shoe on his desk at UN General Assembly session

1518Pontifical ambassador interrogates Martin Luther

1999Pat LaFontaine formally retires from the NHL due to lingering concussion problems

1933John Dillinger escapes from jail in Allen County, Ohio

1915Ford Motor Company under Henry Ford manufactures its 1 millionth Model T automobile

1792First celebration of Columbus Day in the USA held in New York

1978Sid Vicious charged with murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen

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Notable Birthdays on October 12th

1968Hugh Jackman, Australian actor and singer (X-men, Real Steel)

1935Luciano Pavarotti, Modena Italy, operatic tenor (Oh Giorgio, 3 Tenors), (d. 2007)

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Notable Weddings on October 12th

1822"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" author Victor Hugo (20) weds Adele Fourcher

1980Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman (43) weds businesswoman Lisa Gottsegen (26) in Roxbury, Connecticut

1893Education pioneer Booker T. Washington (37) weds Margaret James Murray

1942Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (41) weds dancer Lucille Wilson (28)

1929US military leader George Marshall (48) weds Katherine Tupper

1991Steven Spielberg weds Kate Capshaw

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Notable Deaths on October 12th

1999Wilt Chamberlain, American basketball player, dies of congestive heart failure at 63

1997John Denver, American country music star (Country Boy), dies in a plane crash at 53

1870Robert E. Lee, US General of Confederate Army, dies at 63

1845Elizabeth Fry, British social reformer and philanthropist (b. 1780)

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