Today is Monday, October 12th. It’s Columbus Day, National Pulled Pork Day, World Arthritis Day, National Gumbo Day, National Farmers Day, Thanksgiving (in Canada), National Kick-Butt Day, National Savings Day, Women Pharmacist Day, National Hug A Bassist Day, International Moment of Frustration Scream Day and Indigenous Peoples Day
There are 18 days until SIU football plays SEMO in the War For The Wheel Game
There are 19 days until Halloween
There are 20 days remaining until Daylight Saving Time ends
There are 45 days until Thanksgiving
There are 74 days until Christmas
Today is the day that…
— in 1492, Christopher Columbus’s expedition made landfall in the Caribbean. The explorer believed he had reached East Asia.
— in 1900, The first modern submarine is commissioned by the U.S. Navy as the USS Holland
— in 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt renames the “Executive Mansion” as “The White House”
— in 1931, the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue is unveiled, standing 98 feet atop Mount Corcovado overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— in 1955, Chrysler introduces the world’s first in-car sound systems — vinyl record players, complete with an assortment of classical records, mounted under the dashboard.
— in 1960, JFK and Richard Nixon held their third Presidential debate remotely; Nixon in Los Angeles, Kennedy in New York
— also in 1960, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev notoriously bangs his shoe on his desk during a UN General Assembly session
— in 1966, the Jimi Hendrix Experience forms with Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, & Mitch Mitchell
— in 1967, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Boston Red Sox to win their 8th World Series. Lou Brock steals a record 7 bases in the Series.
— in 1969, Russ Gibb, a DJ at WKNR in Detroit, takes a call from a listener who tells him that if you play The Beatles song “Revolution 9” backwards, a voice says, “Turn me on, dead man.” Gibb plays the record in reverse on the air, and the phone lines light up with astonished listeners offering more clues as to why Paul McCartney might be dead.
— in 1971, “Jesus Christ Superstar” opens on Broadway for 711 performances
— in 1972, The first Columbus Day celebration in the US is held in New York
— in 1973, President Richard Nixon nominates Gerald Ford to replace Spiro Agnew as Vice President
— in 1979, Fleetwood Mac release their double album Tusk
— also in 1979, Boston Celtics guard Chris Ford scores the first three-point basket in NBA history in the first quarter of a 114-106 win over Houston
— in 1987, George Harrison releases “Got My Mind Set On You”, a cover of a 1962 James Ray song
— also in 1987, INXS release their breakthrough album Kick
— in 1994, MTV airs Unledded, the mostly-unplugged reunion concert special of Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page
— in 1997, John Denver was killed in a plane crash. He was 53 years old.
— in 1999, NBA hall-of-famer Wilt Chamberlain died at the age of 63
— also in 1999, the proclaimed 6 billionth living human in the world is born
— in 2000, Seventeen U.S. sailors were killed in a terrorist attack on the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen
— in 2002, Terrorists explode two bombs in Bali’s nightclub district killing 202 people and injuring 209 others, many of them foreign tourists
— and in 2019, The Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, which is under construction, collapsed, killing two people and injuring 20 others
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