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 - Oktoberfest
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1810: 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, starting the tradition of Oktoberfest. The highlight of the celebration wasn't beer tents like today's tradition, but rather a horse race.

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