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 - Columbus Day
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Library of Congress

1792: Columbus Day is celebrated for the first time in the United States, with New York City and other cities marking the 300th anniversary of his landing in the New World.

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