Today is Thursday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2017. There are 80 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Actress Antonia Rey is 90. Former senator Jack Garn, Republican of Utah, is 85. Singer Sam Moore Sam and Dave is 82. Broadcast journalist Chris Wallace is 70. Actress-singer Susan Anton is 67. Singer-songwriter Jane Siberry is 62. Jazz trumpeter Chris Botti is 55. Actor Hugh Jackman is 49. Actor Adam Rich of Eight is Enough is 49. Actor Kirk Cameron is 47. Olympic gold medal skier Bode Miller is 40.
In 1492, (according to the Old Style calendar), Christopher Columbus’s expedition arrived in the present-day Bahamas.
In 1810, the German festival Oktoberfest was first held in Munich to celebrate the wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.
In 1915, English nurse Edith Cavell was executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from occupied Belgium during World War I.
In 1957, the Dr. Seuss Yuletide tale ‘‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’’ was published.
In 1964, the Soviet Union launched a Voskhod space capsule with a three-man crew on the first mission involving more than one crew member (the flight lasted just over 24 hours).
In 1973, President Richard Nixon nominated House minority leader Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to succeed Spiro T. Agnew as vice president.
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, killing five people.
In 1997, singer John Denver was killed in the crash of his privately built aircraft in Monterey Bay, Calif.; he was 53.
In 2000, 17 sailors were killed in a suicide bomb attack on the destroyer USS Cole in Yemen.
In 2002, bombs blamed on Al Qaeda-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 UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the Nobel Peace Prize for sounding the alarm over global warming.
In 2012, thousands of supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi clashed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in the first such violence since Morsi took office more than three months earlier.
Last year, Wells Fargo announced that its embattled CEO, John Stumpf, was stepping down as the nation’s second-largest bank found itself roiled by a scandal over its sales practices.