On This Date In History: Oct.12th

On this day in history, Some huge events went down. Check the list to see why today isnt just like any other day in history.

1810 – Oktoberfest

Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy Royal event. This later became an annual event later dubbed Oktoberfest.

1968 -Hugh Jackman Born

The hunky Hugh Jackman was born on October 12 1968
Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series.

1492 – Columbus Finds something

During his first voyage in 1492, instead of arriving at Japan as he had intended, Columbus reached theNew World, landing on an island in the Bahamas archipelago that he named “San Salvador”. Over the course of three more voyages, Columbus visited the Greater and Lesser Antilles, as well as the Caribbean coast of Venezuela and Central America. His expedition went ashore the same day and claimed the land for Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain, who sponsored his attempt to find a western ocean route to China, India, and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia.

1997 – John Denver Dies In Plane Crash


Denver was killed when his experimental Rutan Long-EZ plane, aircraft registration number N555JD, crashed into Monterey Bay near Pacific Grove, California, while making a series of touch-and-go landings at the nearby Monterey Peninsula Airport.

1999 – 6th billion person on this planet was born


Adnan Nevic, who is now 12, says that his classmates are “a bit jealous” of his status – while his mother says the family still struggles financially. The reality is there are now too many people on our little planet. There are now 7,214,958,996 on earth.

1964 – Russia Beats The USA In The Space Race

NASA Russia Space_Hugh

The Soviet Union launched Voskhod 1 into orbit around the Earth, with cosmonauts Vladamir Komarov, Konstantin Feoktistov, and Boris Yegorov aboard. Voskhod 1 was the first spacecraft to carry a multi-person crew, and the two-day mission was also the first flight performed without space suits.

2000 – USS Cole Attacked By Terrorists


A small motorized rubber dinghy loaded with explosives blows a 40-by-40-foot hole in the port side of the U.S. Navy destroyer,USS Cole, In Aden, Yemen. Seventeen sailors were killed and 38 wounded in the attack.

2002 – Terrorists Kill Tourists In Bali


Three bombings shatter the peaceful town of Kuta Beach on the Indonesian island of Bali. The blasts were carried out by militant Islamist terrorists and left 202 people dead and more than 200 others injured, many with severe burns.

2007 – Al Gore Wins Nobel Prize For Documentary About Global Warming

September 23 2009, New York City Politician Al Gore at the Clinton Global Initiative on September 23 2009 in New York City (Newscom TagID: zumasharkworld042556)     [Photo via Newscom]

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to increase public knowledge about man-made climate change.

1972 – Race Riot Break Out On US Navy Ship


On this day, Forty six sailors are injured in a race riot involving more than 100 sailors on the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk enroute to her station in the Gulf of Tonkin off Vietnam.

1960 -Inejiro Asanuma assassinated on Live TV


Asanuma was assassinated by a nationalist while speaking in a televised political debate in Tokyo. His violent death was seen in graphic detail on national television, causing widespread public shock and outrage

1999 – Wilt Chamberlain Dies


The 7 foot 1 inch Chamberlain weighed 250 pounds as a rookie before bulking up to 275 and eventually to over 300 pounds with the Lakers. He played the center position and is widely considered one of the greatest and most dominant players in NBA history. He died of heart issues after dental surgery in 1999. He was rumored to have slept with 20,000 women.

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