On this day: October 12

Posted: 1:50 PM EDT Oct 11, 2012   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Oct 12, 2015

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.


Most Viewed on WFMZ.com


Slideshow Of The Day

  • Cynthia Robinson, The Family Stone trumpeter

    Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Clear Channel

    Notable deaths of 2015

    Here is a list of some of the notable public figures, athletes, musicians, artists and actors we've lost in 2015.

On this Day

  • Concorde's last flight, 2003

    Ian Waldie/Getty Images

    On this day: November 26

    Thanksgiving Day becomes an official holiday, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is published, the NHL is formed, "Casablanca" premieres, and the Concorde lands for the last time, all on this day.