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Calendar for October 12th, 2014


  • Born 1537: King Edward VI of England

  • 1810s

  • 1810: Bavarian Crown Price Ludwig married Princess Therese of Hildburghausen in Munich. Their wedding celebration lasted for days, and became a yearly tradition known today as “Oktoberfest.”

  • 1860s

  • Born 1860: Elmer Sperry (inventor)

  • 1870s

  • Died 1870: Robert E. Lee (American Confederate general)

  • 1890s

  • Born 1896: Eugenio Montale (poet)

  • 1920s

  • 1928: An iron lung respirator used for the first time in Boston, MA

  • 1930s

  • Born 1935: Luciano Pavarotti (opera singer)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1947: Chris Wallace (broadcast journalist)

  • 1950s

  • 1950: The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show made its television debut. Burns and Allen had been on the radio since 1935

  • 1957: Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson won Nobel Peace Prize

  • 1960s

  • 1964: U.S.S.R.'s Voskhod 1 launched

  • 1965: The U.S. Navy concluded its Sealab II program, in which teams of aquanauts lived and worked in a capsule submerged off the California coast

  • 1968: 19th Summer Olympic games began, Mexico City, Mexico

  • Born 1968: Hugh Jackman (actor)

  • Born 1969: Martie Maguire (musician, member of Dixie Chicks)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1970: Kirk Cameron (actor)

  • 1971: Jesus Christ Superstar, the Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, premieres in New York

  • Born 1975: Marion Jones (athlete)

  • 1990s

  • Died 1997: John Denver (musician)

  • Died 1999: Wilt Chamberlain (basketball player)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Ray Conniff (bandleader)

  • Died 2003: Bill Shoemaker (jockey)

  • 2007: Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the Nobel Peace Prize

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