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.

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1870: Gen. Robert E. Lee, best known for having commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War, dies at the age of 63 in Lexington, Va., from the effects of pneumonia two weeks after suffering a stroke.

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