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 - Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab
1 / 36
U.S. Marshals Office/EPA

2011: The "underwear bomber," Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, pleads guilty to attempting to blow up an airplane en route from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009 using explosives sewn into his underwear. Abdulmutallab, who had told authorities he had been directed by al-Qaeda and that he had obtained the device in Yemen, would be sentenced in February 2012 to four consecutive life sentences plus 50 years.

Advertisement

Most Viewed on WFMZ.com

Advertisement
 

Slideshow Of The Day

  • tax forms with pen, calculator, taxes

    istockphoto/lvsigns

    IRS daily tax tips

    As tax season begins, the IRS warns taxpayers to be on high alert for common scams. Here is a collection of tax tips released daily by the IRS:

On this Day

  • Ida May Fuller, first Social Security check recipient, 1940

    Social Security Administration

    On this day: January 31

    The first Social Security check is issued, America launches its first satellite into orbit, McDonald's comes to Moscow, and "Avatar" hits the $2 billion mark, all on this day.