by Bob Fields

On October 12:

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Edith Stein (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Luciano Pavarotti (Image Credit: Wikipedia)









1537 – Edward VI of England, only legitimate son of Henry VIII. His reign was marked by economic problems and social unrest, and he never reached his majority (d. 1553).
1860 – Elmer Ambrose Sperry*, American inventor, co-invented the gyrocompass (d. 1930).
1891 – Edith Stein*, Polish nun who converted from Judiasm, philosopher, martyr, and saint (d. 1942).
1935 – Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor and actor (d. 2007).
1947 – Chris Wallace*, American journalist.
1949 – Carlos the Jackal*, Venezuelan terrorist and murderer.
1968 – Hugh Jackman, Australian actor, singer, and producer (Les Misérables).


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Joseph Stilwell (Image Credit: Wikipedia)










1845 – Elizabeth Fry, English social reformer and philanthropist (b. 1780).
1870 – Robert E. Lee, American Confederate general (b. 1807).
1915 – Edith Cavell, British nurse, is executed by a World War I German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium.
1940 – Tom Mix, American cowboy actor (b. 1880).
1946 – Joseph Stilwell*, American WW2 general, AKA “Vinegar Joe”, known for service in the China Burma India Theater  (b. 1883).
1971 – Dean Acheson*, American lawyer and politician, 51st Secretary of State, helped design the Marshall Plan and creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (b. 1893).
1989 – Jay Ward, American animator, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1920) (Rocky & Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right, Peabody and Sherman, George of the Jungle).
1997 – John Denver*, American singer-songwriter (“Take Me Home, Country Roads“, “Annie’s Song“, “Rocky Mountain High“, “Sunshine on My Shoulders“) (b. 1943).
1999 – Wilt Chamberlain*, American basketball player and coach (b. 1936).
2011 – Dennis Ritchie*, American computer scientist, created the C programming language (b. 1941).

Other Events:

Christopher Columbus (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Oktoberfest (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Al Gore (Image Credit: WikiTree)









1492 – Christopher Columbus‘ expedition makes landfall on San Salvador in the Bahamas. He believes he has reached the Indies. Columbus Day (United States).
1810 – First Oktoberfest: The Bavarian royalty invites the citizens of Munich to join the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria* to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen*.
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.
1960 – Cold War: Nikita Khrushchev pounds his shoe on a desk at United Nations General Assembly meeting.
1973 – US President Richard Nixon nominates House Minority Leader Gerald R. Ford, R-Mich., to succeed Spiro T. Agnew* as vice president, who had resigned. Ford becomes President when Nixon resigns.
1999 – Pervez Musharraf* takes power in Pakistan from Nawaz Sharif* through a bloodless coup.
2000 – The USS Cole is badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers.
2007 – Al Gore is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for increasing public knowledge about man-made climate change.

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