On this day: October 12

Published On: Oct 11 2012 01:50:40 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 12 2012 02:00:00 AM EDT

Christopher Columbus lands in the New World, Oktoberfest finds its roots, Sid is arrested for allegedly killing Nancy, and Matthew Shepard dies, all on this day.

OTD October 12 - Alcatraz Island
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Los Angeles Public Library

1933: The United States Army Disciplinary Barracks on Alcatraz Island is acquired by the U.S. Department of Justice. The island would become a federal prison in August 1934 and was designed to hold prisoners who continuously caused trouble at other federal prisons.

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