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Calendar for October 14th, 2013

Columbus Day

On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on a small island in the Bahamas, convinced that he had reached the East Indies. The anniversary of his landing in the New World was first formally celebrated in 1792, by the Columbian Order (Society of St. Tammany) in New York City. Now, it is celebrated nationally on the second Monday in October.


  • Born 1644: William Penn (Quaker; founder of Pennsylvania, named in honor of his father)

  • 1730s

  • Born 1734: Francis Lightfoot Lee (American Revolutionary leader)

  • 1870s

  • Born 1873: Ray Ewry (track and field star)

  • 1890s

  • Born 1890: Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th U.S. president)

  • Born 1894: e. e. cummings (poet)

  • 1900s

  • Born 1905: Eugene Fodor (travel writer)

  • 1910s

  • 1912: While campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, former president Theodore Roosevelt was shot by William Schrank

  • Born 1916: Charles Everett Koop (U.S. Surgeon General)

  • 1920s

  • 1926: A. A. Milne's classic, Winnie-the-Pooh, was published

  • Born 1927: Roger Moore (actor)

  • 1930s

  • 1930: Girl Crazy by George Gershwin opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York

  • Born 1939: Ralph Lauren (designer)

  • 1940s

  • 1942: German U-boat sank passenger ferry S.S. Caribou in Cabot Strait

  • 1947: Charles Yeager, piloting a Bell X-1 jet, became the first person to break the sound barrier, reaching Mach 1.06

  • 1950s

  • Born 1950: Sheila Young (speed skater, cyclist)

  • Born 1952: Harry Anderson (actor)

  • 1970s

  • 1977: Queen Elizabeth II began Canadian tour

  • Died 1977: Bing Crosby (singer)

  • Born 1978: Usher (singer)

  • 1980s

  • Born 1981: Jordan Brower (actor)

  • 1987: Eighteen-month old Jessica McClure ("Baby Jessica") fell down an abandoned well in Midland, Texas

  • 1990s

  • Died 1998: Cleveland Amory (critic and animal rights activist)

  • 2000s

  • 2004: A Ghanaian-registered Boeing 747 cargo jet crashed and burned on take off from Halifax airport in eastern Canada

  • 2004: The Illinois Natural Resources Department confirmed that a 17-inch fish caught in Chicago's Burnham Harbor in Lake Michigan was an invasive snakehead, a feared Frankenfish known to eat native fish and compete with them for food

  • 2006: The United States Air Force Memorial was dedicated, Arlington, Virginia

  • Died 2009: Lou Albano (American professional wrestler, manager and actor)

  • 2010s

  • 2010: Khagendra Thapa Magar, from Pokhara, Nepal, turned 18 years old and was certified by Guinness World Records as the world's shortest living man, at 26.4 inches tall.

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