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This Day in History for October 12

1609 – Children’s rhyme “Three Blind Mice” published in London.

1740 – English evangelist George Whitefield preaches to 30,000 people in Boston in the US during the ‘Great Awakening”

1859 – Self-proclaimed Emperor of the USA, Emperor Norton issues edict abolishing the US Congress.

1871 – US President Grant condemns Ku Klux Klan.

1892 – US Pledge of Allegiance first recited in public schools during Columbus Day.

1900 – The first modern submarine is commissioned by the US Navy as the USS Holland, named for its designer, John Phillip Holland.

1901 – Theodore Roosevelt renames the “Executive Mansion” as “The White House”

1915 – Ford Motor Company under Henry Ford manufactured its 1 millionth automobile at the River Rouge plant in Detroit.

1928 – 1st use of iron lung (Boston’s Children Hospital)

1933 – Alcatraz becomes a federal prison (unofficially)

1948 – Casey Stengel takes over as Yankee manager.

1969 – 1st time 5 people in space.

1973 – US President Richard Nixon nominates Gerald Ford to replace Spiro Agnew as Vice President.

1977 – US Supreme Court heard arguments in “reverse discrimination” case of Allan Bakke, white student denied admission to University of California Med School.

1988 – George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis meet in their second presidential debate.

1989 – Herschel Walker is traded from Cowboys to Vikings for 12 players.

1991 – Statler Brothers Show premieres on TNN.

1999 – The Day of Six Billion: the proclaimed 6 billionth living human in the world is born.

2000 – American destroyer USS Cole is badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39.

2017 – Long-lost bust of Napoleon by Auguste Rodin confirmed found in Madison borough hall, New Jersey, worth at least $4m.

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