Today is Saturday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2013. 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.
1870: Gen. Robert E. Lee dies in Lexington, Va., at age 63.
1915: English nurse Edith Cavell is executed by the Germans in occupied Belgium during World War I.
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.
1942: During World War II, American naval forces defeat the Japanese in the Battle of Cape Esperance.
Attorney General Francis Biddle announces during a Columbus Day celebration at Carnegie Hall in New York that Italian nationals in the United States would no longer be considered enemy aliens.
1960: Japanese Socialist Party leader Inejiro Asanuma is stabbed to death during a televised debate in Tokyo by an ultranationalist student, Otoya Yamaguchi, who hanged himself in jail.
1962: The devastating Columbus Day Storm, also known as the “Big Blow,” strikes the Pacific Northwest, resulting in some 50 deaths.
1971: The rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” opens at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on Broadway.
1986: The superpower meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, ends in stalemate, with President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev unable to agree on arms control or a date for a full-fledged summit in the United States.
1987: Former Gov. Alfred (“Alf”) M. Landon, R-Kan., dies at his Topeka home at age 100.
1997: Singer John Denver is killed in the crash of his privately built aircraft in Monterey Bay, Calif.; he was 53.
2000: Seventeen sailors are killed in a suicide bomb attack on the destroyer USS Cole in Yemen.
1988: Hundreds of procrastinators sign up to vote on the last day to register to vote for either Vice President George Bush or Mass. Gov. Michael Dukakis in November.
New Castle Mayor Richard Christofer says the New Castle Parking Authority is doing what it can to block the city’s sale of the five-story downtown parking garage.
Some City Council members are pressuring the Ungaro administration to secure insurance policies for several city properties, including the City Hall Annex and the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
1973: Poland Contracting Co. submits the apparent low bid of $1.4 million for construction of Youngstown’s Central Square Mall.
The Youngstown Area Community Action Council joins a class-action suit to stop the U.S. Department of Labor from transferring manpower programs to agencies dominated by state and local government.
David Lytle Wiggins, 89, a retired physics teacher at South High School, dies in the Maplecrest Nursing Home.
1963: Ohio parks chief O.A. Alderman warns that the state’s five million acres of woods and forests are threatened by fire dangers because of drought.
More than 250 spirited Youngstown University students kick off celebrations for YU’s 23rd homecoming with a giant bonfire at Ford Hall parking lot near Wick Oval.
1938: Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. acquires the butt-weld pipe manufacturing facilities of Clayton Mark & Co., Chicago.
County Engineer Robert J. Schomer says county commissioners “dumped” five barrels of oil on his department which he did not need. County purchasing agent Ralph Dowell said the low price of 38 cents a gallon or $104.50 for all five barrels warranted the purchase.
Youngstown Mayor Lionel Evans appeals to all city residents to observe National Fire Prevention Week.