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 - Margaret Thatcher
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Rob Bogaerts/Anefo

1984: The Provisional Irish Republican Army attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet at a Brighton, England, hotel. Thatcher escaped but the bomb killed five people and wounded 31.

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