Daily Calendar for Thursday, October 12, 2023


  • King Edward VI of England –
  • Elmer Sperry (inventor) –
  • Eugenio Montale (poet) –
  • Doris Miller (Navy Cross recipient) –
  • Luciano Pavarotti (opera singer) –
  • Chris Wallace (broadcast journalist) –
  • Hugh Jackman (actor) –
  • Martie Maguire (musician, member of Dixie Chicks) –
  • Kirk Cameron (actor) –
  • Marion Jones (athlete) –


  • Robert E. Lee (American Confederate general) –
  • John Denver (musician) –
  • Wilt Chamberlain (basketball player) –
  • Ray Conniff (bandleader) –
  • Bill Shoemaker (jockey) –


  • Christopher Columbus first saw New World–
  • 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 β€œOktoberfest.”–
  • An iron lung respirator used for the first time in Boston, MA–
  • The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show made its television debut. Burns and Allen had been on the radio since 1935–
  • Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson won Nobel Peace Prize–
  • U.S.S.R.’s Voskhod 1 launched–
  • 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–
  • 19th Summer Olympic games began, Mexico City, Mexico–
  • Jesus Christ Superstar, the Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, premieres in New York–
  • Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the Nobel Peace Prize–


  • The Columbus Day β€œBig Blow” in Oregon and Washington brought 100 mph winds, damaging trees and killing 48 people–

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