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This day in history

Saturday, Oct. 12, is the 285th day of 2013. There are 80 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Comedian-activist Dick Gregory is 81. Broadcast journalist Chris Wallace is 66. Actress-singer Susan Anton is 63. Jazz musician Chris Botti is 51. Actor Hugh Jackman is 45. Actor Kirk Cameron is 43. Olympic gold medal skier Bode Miller is 36.

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

In 1810, the German festival Oktoberfest was first held in Munich.

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

In 1962, the Columbus Day Storm, also known as the ‘‘Big Blow,’’ struck the Pacific Northwest, resulting in some 50 deaths.

In 1986, the superpower meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, ended in stalemate, with President
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, Calif.; he was 53.

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

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