October 12: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1492 - Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean, specifically in The Bahamas. The explorer believes he has reached India.
- 1823 - Charles Macintosh of Scotland sells the first raincoat.
- 1892 - The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited by students in many US public schools, as part of a celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus's voyage.
- 1901 - President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the "Executive Mansion" to the White House.
- 1928 - An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children's Hospital, Boston
- Famous Birthdays: Richard Meier (American architect), Thomas Dudley (English-born American colonial magistrate), William Shippen (American physician and statesman), King Edward VI of England, Art Clokey (American animator- Gumby)
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