12 October

1492 : Christopher Columbus discovered America


On October 12, 1492, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, working for the Spanish, reached the shores of the Bahamas thinking landing in eastern Asia. Seeking a more direct route to reach Asia, its treasures and spices, making an error in calculating the size of Earth, Columbus thought he had arrived at their destination. He continued his trip to Cuba (China for him) and Hispaniola (Japan for him and the island of Santo Domingo and Haiti today) before returning to Spain without realizing his error.

1960 : Nikita Khrushchev throws a fit at the United Nations


On October 12, 1960, during a debate on a resolution against Russian colonialism, representative of the Philippines criticized Soviet policy in Eastern Europe by comparing it to the same colonialism. Throwing a tantrum, Nikita Khrushchev removed one of his shoes and pound the table with it in protest.

2002 : Bali bombing


On October 12, 2002, three bombs exploded in Kuta, a quiet tourist town of the island of Bali in Indonesia. The largest explosion occurred at a nightclub frequented by Australian tourists. 202 people were killed and over 200 severely injured. The attacks were perpetrated by the Islamist terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah, linked to al Qaeda.

2007 : Al Gore wins Nobel Peace Prize


On October 12, 2007, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on United Nations Climate Change won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on the relationship between pollution and climate change on the planet. Al Gore won an Oscar in 2006 for his documentary An Inconvenient Truth on this subject.

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National Day in Equatorial Guinea
October 12 is National Day in Equatorial Guinea which celebrates the anniversary of its independence gained against Spain on October 12, 1968.
Freethought Day in the U.S.
October 12 is the Freethought Day in the United States marking the anniversary of the end of the Salem Witch Trials, trials of young women victims of mass hysteria from a Puritan community in 1692.
Da de la Hispanidad in Spain
October 12 is Da de la Hispanidad in Spain which celebrates the arrival of Columbus in America. This festival is also celebrated in various forms in some countries of Central and South America and in the United States.

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Al Gore
Airplane travel is nature's way of making you look like your passport photo.

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Go-Ichijō, Emperor of Japan (1006)
Elmer Sperry, American inventor (gyrocompass) (1860)
Arthur Harden, English chemist, Nobel Laureate (1865)
Ramsay MacDonald, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1929-1935) (1866)
Eugenio Montale, Italian poet, Nobel Prize in Literature (1896)
Paul Engle, American writer (1908)
Magnus Magnusson, Icelandic TV presenter of the BBC (1929)
Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor (1935)
Frank Alamo, French singer (1941)
Aurore Clment, French actress (1945)
Chris Wallace, American journalist (1947)
Robin Askwith, English actor (1950)
Brigitte Lahaie, French former porn actress, radio talk show host (1955)
Clmentine Clari, French actress (1957)
Carlos Bernard, American actor (1962)
Patrick Bosso, French humorist (1962)
Satoshi Kon, Japanese anime director and manga artist (1963)
Hugh Jackman, Australian actor (1968)
Kirk Cameron, American actor (1970)
Marion Jones, American athlete (1975)
Bode Miller, American alpine skier (1977)
Baden Cooke, Australian cyclist (1978)
Sneha, Indian actress (1981)

Ils nous ont quitt un 12 October

Robert E. Lee, American confederate general (1870)
Anatole France, French writer, Nobel Prize in Literature (1924)
Tom Mix, American actor (1940)
Joseph Stilwell, American general (1946)
Rammanohar Lohia, Indian politician (1967)
Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (1969)
Dean Acheson, American politician (1971)
Gene Vincent, American musician (1971)
Ren Lacoste, French tennis player (1996)
Audrey Mestre, French freediver (2002)
Frank Vandenbroucke, Belgian cyclist (2009)
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