On this day: October 12

Published: 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.

OTD October 12 - Luciano Pavarotti
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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.

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