Today is Friday, Oct. 12, the 286th day of 2012. There are 80 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1492: Christopher Columbus arrives with his expedition in the present-day Bahamas.
1810: The German festival Oktoberfest is first held in Munich to celebrate the wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.
1933: Bank robber John Dillinger escapes from a jail in Allen County, Ohio, with the help of his gang, who killed the sheriff, Jess Sarber.
1987: Former Gov. Alfred (“Alf”) M. Landon, R-Kan., dies at his Topeka home at age 100.
2000: Seventeen sailors are killed in a suicide bomb attack on the destroyer USS Cole in Yemen.
1987: Three Warren police officers are injured during a foot chase and a Warren man is shot following a foot race and struggle. Sgt. Thomas Skoczylas, 34, is in satisfactory condition in Trumbull Memorial Hospital with stab wounds of the chest and thighs.
Ohio Attorney General Anthony Celebrezze Jr.’s office says the General Assembly created an Organized Crime Investigation Commission to spearhead the battle against racketeering, but has not allocated the $1.8 million necessary for its operation.
1972: The House Public Works Committee authorizes a $470,000 study by the Army Corps of Engineers of a stub canal connecting the Youngstown-Warren area with the Ohio River. U.S. Rep. Charles J. Carney says he will begin working immediately to get the necessary appropriation of funds.
Ann J. Boyle, 21, a nurse at North Side Hospital and June graduate of St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing, is killed when her car is struck by another at the intersection of Gypsy Lane and Fifth Avenue.
1962: Youngstown district investors apparently bought most of the $1 million in oil and gas well shares sold illegally by a West Virginia group.
Trumbull County records its worst auto crash of 1962 when two cars collide head-on on a curve in old state Route 82 near Brookfield, killing three men: Ronald Rust, 19, Anthony Yanik, 23, and Kenneth John Maxim, 19.
1937: Al Brady, America’s public enemy No. 1, is gunned down by G-Men in Bangor, Maine. The Brady gang continues to be suspected in the shooting death of Wilson Avenue tavern owner James Tisone, and Detective William Reed is asking the FBI to check bullets taken from Tisone’s body to the Brady gang’s guns.
Speaking to 200 Italians at Duca degli Abruzzi-Colombo Hall to commemorate Christopher Columbus’s discovery, Atty. Forrest Cavalier urges all Americans of Italian descent to dedicate their lives to the betterment of the United States.