Today in History
Today is Monday, October 12, the 285th day of 2009. There are 80 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
* 1492 - On TransAtlantic voyage, Christopher Columbus lands on island later to be named Bahamas.
* 1928 - The first "iron lung" used at Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts.
* 1933 - US bank robber John Dillinger escapes from a jail in Allen County, Ohio, with the help of his gang, who killed the sheriff.
* 1940 - US silent film star Tom Mix is killed in car crash.
* 1968 - The 19th summer Olympic Games are officially opened in Mexico City by Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz.
* 1982 - Australian National Gallery is opened to the public by the Queen.
* 1997 US singer John Denver, aged 53, is killed in the crash of his privately built aircraft in Monterey Bay, California.
* 2001 - The United Nations and its secretary-general, Kofi Annan, win the Nobel Peace Prize; NBC announces that an assistant to anchorman Tom Brokaw has contracted the skin form of anthrax after opening a "threatening" letter to her boss that contained a suspicious powder. …