spotlight Today in history: Oct. 12 Oct 12, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1492: Christopher Columbus In 1492 (according to the Old Style calendar), Christopher Columbus' expedition arrived in the present-day Bahamas. STR 1870: Robert E. Lee In 1870, General Robert E. Lee died in Lexington, Va., at age 63. MATHEW B. BRADY 1942: Francis Biddle In 1942, 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. AP 1973: Richard Nixon & Gerald Ford In 1973, President Richard Nixon nominated House minority leader Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to succeed Spiro T. Agnew as vice president. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1976: China In 1976, it was announced in China that Hua Guofeng had been named to succeed the late Mao Zedong as chairman of the Communist Party; it was also announced that Mao's widow and three others, known as the "Gang of Four," had been arrested. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1984: Jon-Erik Hexum In 1984, Actor Jon-Erik Hexum was mortally wounded on the set of his TV show "Cover Up" when he jokingly shot himself in the head with a prop pistol loaded with a blank cartridge; he was declared dead six days later. Wally Fong 1984: Margaret Thatcher On Oct. 12, 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. DAVID CAULKIN 1997: John Denver In 1997, singer John Denver was killed in the crash of his privately built aircraft in Monterey Bay, California; he was 53. CHAD SURMICK 2000: USS Cole Bombing In 2000, 17 sailors were killed in a suicide bomb attack on the destroyer USS Cole in Yemen. DIMITRI MESSINIS 2002: 2002 Bali Bombings 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. ACHMAD IBRAHIM 2005: College Football Poll Five years ago: Mississippi State was the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, replacing Florida State and making the fastest rise to the top spot in the history of the poll. (The Bulldogs were the first team in the poll's 78-year history to go from unranked to No. 1 in five weeks.) Rogelio V. Solis 2007: 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. Paul Sakuma 2009: Nobel Prize in Economics Ten years ago: Americans Elinor Ostrom and Oliver Williamson won the Nobel economics prize. AJ MAST 2014: Ebola Five years ago: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a health care worker at the Texas hospital where Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan was treated before his death had tested positive for the illness in the first known case of Ebola being contracted or transmitted in the U.S. (The worker, later identified as nurse Nina Pham, was treated and declared free of Ebola.) John Amis 2018: Andrew Brunson One year ago: American pastor Andrew Brunson flew out of Turkey after a Turkish court convicted him of terror links but freed him from house arrest; he'd already spent nearly two years in detention. Emre Tazegul 2018: Hurricane Michael One year ago: Search and rescue teams found the body of a hurricane victim in Mexico Beach, the Florida panhandle town that was nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael; the death toll across the South reached at least 14. David Goldman Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps History Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Recommended View All Promotions promotion spotlight Are you ready for retirement? promotion Thanks for being a reader. Here's a special offer, just for you!