On this day: October 12

Published On: Oct 11 2012 01:50:40 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 12 2012 02:00:00 AM EDT

Christopher Columbus lands in the New World, Oktoberfest finds its roots, Sid is arrested for allegedly killing Nancy, and Matthew Shepard dies, all on this day.

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1977: Alpine ski-racer Bode Miller, an Olympic and World Championship gold medalist and a two-time overall World Cup champion in 2005 and 2008, is born in Easton, N.H.

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