12.10.2006 | 15:00

On October 12th...

There's an old meme: go to Wikipedia and see what happened on your birthday. Post three events, three births, three deaths and all festivals in your blog.

So, here we go:

October 12 is the 285th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (286th in leap years). There are 80 days remaining.


1492 - Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean. The explorer believes he has reached East Asia.
1582 - Due to the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
1823 - Charles Macintosh, of Scotland, sells the first raincoat.


1537 - King Edward VI of England (d. 1553)
1935 - Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor
1977 - Bode Miller, American alpine ski-racer


1576 - Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1527)
1971 - Gene Vincent, Pioneering American rock'n'roll musician (b. 1935)
1978 - Nancy Spungen, Girlfriend of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious b. 1958)

The end of the page does not list festivals so they're from the Finnish Wikipedia page:

Spain: El Día de la Hispanidad. National day. Celebrates the discovery of America.
United States: Columbus Day.

On this day also...

1492 - (Old Style calendar; Oct. 21st New Style), Christopher Columbus arrived with his expedition in the present-day Bahamas.
1960 - Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev disrupted a U.N. General Assembly session by pounding his desk with a shoe during a dispute.
1971 - "Jesus Christ Superstar," the rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, opened on Broadway.
2006 - Marjut Katajala opened the present from her Finnish Secret Pal and became very, very, very happy.

Pictured here are four lovely, tempting, charming balls of Zitron Kokon and the compulsory cat who celebrates his birthday on Valentine's Day.

Thank you again, my Secret Pal, thank you so much!

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