Today in History: Oct. 12

A painting of Christopher Columbus by Sebastiano del Piombo is seen, Sept. 19, 1943 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  No portrait of Columbus from real life is known to exist but there are five standard types of which this is one.  (AP Photo)
On this date in 1492 (according to the Old Style calendar), Christopher Columbus arrived with his expedition in the present-day Bahamas. A painting of Columbus by Sebastiano del Piombo is seen, Sept. 19, 1943 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  (AP Photo) (AP)
Gen. Robert E. Lee poses on the back porch of the Lee house in Richmond, Va., in 1865.  Lee, who led the Confederate forces, surrendered his army at Appomattox Court House on April 9.  (AP Photo/Mathew B. Brady)
On this date in 1870, General Robert E. Lee died in Lexington, Virginia, at age 63. Here, Lee poses on the back porch of the Lee house in Richmond, Va., in 1865. (AP Photo/Mathew B. Brady) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/MATHEW B. BRADY)
Britain?s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stands with her eyes closed during a moments silence for victims of the bomb blast at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England, Oct. 12, 1984 at the Conservative Party Conference. Twenty-two members of Mrs. Thatcher?s government were staying at the Grand when the bomb went off. Premier Thatcher was uninjured in the blast however windows in her suite we blown out and her bathroom badly damaged. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)
On this date in 1984, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher escaped an attempt on her life when an Irish Republican Army bomb exploded at a hotel in Brighton, England, killing five people. Here, Thatcher stands with her eyes closed during a moments silence for victims of the bomb blast. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Peter Kemp)
FILE - In this July 28, 1983 file photo singer John Denver strums his guitar as he performs during an outdoor concert on the Boston Common, Boston, Mass.  Denver was honored posthumously with a star on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Two of Denver's three children, Zak Deutschendorf and Jesse Belle Denver, accepted the star on behalf of the late singer's family.  Denver died tragically in a plane crash on Oct. 12, 1997. (AP Photo/Keith Jacobson, File)
In 1997, singer John Denver was killed in the crash of his privately built aircraft in Monterey Bay, California; he was 53. Here, singer John Denver strums his guitar as he performs during an outdoor concert on the Boston Common, Boston, Mass. Denver was honored posthumously with a star on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Two of Denver’s three children, Zak Deutschendorf and Jesse Belle Denver, accepted the star on behalf of the late singer’s family. (AP Photo/Keith Jacobson, File) (AP)
Al Gore
In 2007, Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the Nobel Peace Prize for sounding the alarm over global warming. Former Vice President Al Gore speaks during an event, Friday, March 9, 2018, in New York. Former Vice President Al Gore and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are speaking out against the Trump administration’s plans to open up new areas to offshore drilling. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (AP/Mary Altaffer)
Vice President Gerald Ford gets a wave from his wife Betty early Friday as he left their home in Alexandria on Dec. 7, 1973.  It will be his first full day in his new position following formal swearing in ceremonies on Thursday evening in the House of Representatives chamber. (AP Photo)
On Oct. 12, 1973, President Richard Nixon nominated House minority leader Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to succeed Spiro T. Agnew as vice president. Vice President Gerald Ford gets a wave from his wife Betty early Friday as he left their home in Alexandria on Dec. 7, 1973. It will be his first full day in his new position following formal swearing in ceremonies on Thursday evening in the House of Representatives chamber. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Bob Daugherty)
FILE -- Journalist Tom Brokaw, is introduced before being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington.  President Obama is presenting the nation's highest civilian honor to 19 artists, activists, public servants and others. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
In 2001, NBC announced that an assistant to anchorman Tom Brokaw had contracted the skin form of anthrax after opening a “threatening” letter to her boss containing powder. FILE — Journalist Tom Brokaw, is introduced before being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. President Obama is presenting the nation’s highest civilian honor to 19 artists, activists, public servants and others. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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A painting of Christopher Columbus by Sebastiano del Piombo is seen, Sept. 19, 1943 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  No portrait of Columbus from real life is known to exist but there are five standard types of which this is one.  (AP Photo)
Gen. Robert E. Lee poses on the back porch of the Lee house in Richmond, Va., in 1865.  Lee, who led the Confederate forces, surrendered his army at Appomattox Court House on April 9.  (AP Photo/Mathew B. Brady)
Britain?s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stands with her eyes closed during a moments silence for victims of the bomb blast at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England, Oct. 12, 1984 at the Conservative Party Conference. Twenty-two members of Mrs. Thatcher?s government were staying at the Grand when the bomb went off. Premier Thatcher was uninjured in the blast however windows in her suite we blown out and her bathroom badly damaged. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)
FILE - In this July 28, 1983 file photo singer John Denver strums his guitar as he performs during an outdoor concert on the Boston Common, Boston, Mass.  Denver was honored posthumously with a star on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Two of Denver's three children, Zak Deutschendorf and Jesse Belle Denver, accepted the star on behalf of the late singer's family.  Denver died tragically in a plane crash on Oct. 12, 1997. (AP Photo/Keith Jacobson, File)
Al Gore
Vice President Gerald Ford gets a wave from his wife Betty early Friday as he left their home in Alexandria on Dec. 7, 1973.  It will be his first full day in his new position following formal swearing in ceremonies on Thursday evening in the House of Representatives chamber. (AP Photo)
FILE -- Journalist Tom Brokaw, is introduced before being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington.  President Obama is presenting the nation's highest civilian honor to 19 artists, activists, public servants and others. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Today is Friday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2018.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Oct. 12, 1973, President Richard Nixon nominated House minority leader Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to succeed Spiro T. Agnew as vice president.

On this date:

In 1492 (according to the Old Style calendar), Christopher Columbus’ expedition arrived in the present-day Bahamas.

In 1792, the first recorded U.S. celebration of Columbus Day was held to mark the tricentennial of Christopher Columbus’ landing.

In 1870, General Robert E. Lee died in Lexington, Va., at age 63.

In 1942, during World War II, American naval forces defeated the Japanese in the Battle of Cape Esperance. Attorney General Francis Biddle announced 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.

In 1971, the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on Broadway.

In 1984, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher escaped an attempt on her life when an Irish Republican Army bomb exploded at a hotel in Brighton, England, killing five people.

In 1986, the superpower meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, ended 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.

In 1997, singer John Denver was killed in the crash of his privately built aircraft in Monterey Bay, California; he was 53.

In 2000, 17 sailors were killed in a suicide bomb attack on the destroyer USS Cole in Yemen.

In 2001, NBC announced that an assistant to anchorman Tom Brokaw had contracted the skin form of anthrax after opening a “threatening” letter to her boss containing powder.

In 2002, bombs blamed on al-Qaida-linked militants destroyed a nightclub on the Indonesian island of Bali, killing 202 people, including 88 Australians and seven Americans.

In 2007, Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the Nobel Peace Prize for sounding the alarm over global warming.

Ten years ago: Global finance ministers meeting in Washington kept searching for ways to tackle the unfolding financial crisis; in Paris, nations in Europe’s single-currency zone agreed to temporarily guarantee bank refinancing and pledged to prevent bank failures. North Korea said it would resume dismantling its main nuclear facilities, hours after the United States removed the communist country from a list of states that sponsored terrorism. A Soyuz spacecraft carrying Richard Garriott, the sixth paying space traveler, along with another American and a Russian crew member lifted off from Kazakhstan for the international space station. The Arizona Cardinals became the first team in NFL history to block a punt to score the winning TD in overtime in their 30-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Five years ago: Cyclone Phailin struck the east coast of India, destroying hundreds of thousands of homes and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in crop damage; some four dozen people are believed to have died. Belgian authorities nabbed alleged pirate kingpin Mohamed Abdi Hassan on his arrival in Brussels (he’d been lured from Somalia with promises of work on a documentary about piracy). Anibal Sanchez and four Detroit Tigers relievers came within two outs of the first combined no-hitter in postseason history, striking out 17 to beat the Boston Red Sox 1-0 in the AL championship series opener. The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 for a 2-0 lead in the NL championship series.

One year ago: The Trump administration said it would “immediately” halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law. President Donald Trump lashed out at hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico, saying the federal government can’t keep sending help “forever” and suggesting that the U.S. territory was to blame for its financial struggles.

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