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This Day In History — Khrushchev and his shoe

October 12

1492
Columbus landed in the present-day Bahamas.

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

1960
Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev created a disturbance at the U.N. General Assembly by pounding his desk with his shoe.

1964
The Soviets launched Voskhod I, the first space capsule to carry three people into orbit.

1999
NBA Hall-of-Famer Wilt Chamberlain died at his Bel Air home at age 63.

2000
17 U.S. sailors killed in the terrorist attack on the USS Cole in Yemen.

2002
A bomb destroyed a nightclub in Bali, killing 202, mostly tourists.

Birthdays

Luciano Pavarotti

1935–2007, Italian tenor.

Elmer Ambrose Sperry

inventor (1860)

Samuel Elmer Imes

chemist, physicist (1883)

Ann Petry

novelist (1908)

Charlie Ward

football (1962)

Hugh Jackman

actor (1968)

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