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This day in history

Today is Friday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2018. There are 80 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Actress Antonia Rey is 91. Former senator Jake Garn of Utah is 86. Singer Sam Moore is 83. Broadcast journalist Chris Wallace is 71. Actress-singer Susan Anton is 68. Pop/rock singer/songwriter Jane Siberry is 63. Actor Hiroyuki Sanada is 58. Actor Carlos Bernard is 56. Jazz musician Chris Botti is 56. Rhythm-and-blues singer Claude McKnight is 56. Rock singer Bob Schneider is 53. Actor Hugh Jackman is 50. Actor Adam Rich is 50. Olympic gold medal skier Bode Miller is 41. Rock singer Jordan Pundik is 39. Actor Brian J. Smith is 37. Actor Tyler Blackburn is 32. Actor Marcus T. Paulk is 32. Actor Josh Hutcherson is 26.


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

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, England, killing five people.

In 1986, the superpower meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, ended in stalemate, with 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, Calif.; 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 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.

Last year, President Donald Trump lashed out at hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico, saying the federal government can’t keep sending help ‘‘forever’’ and suggesting that the US territory was to blame for its financial struggles.