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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1935: Operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti, one of The Three Tenors and one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time, is born on the outskirts of Modena in Northern Italy. He died from pancreatic cancer at age 71 on Sept. 6, 2007.


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