Don't Panic is a phrase used in the book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

Don't Panic is a phrase used in the book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

As a child October 12th was all about Christopher Columbus. In 2009 that celebration is being more widely criticized.  I decided to list a few October 12 facts in an effort to give you something to celebrate today. Or you may choose the 1582 fact and decide this day does not exist…

1492 – Christopher Columbus’s expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean, specifically in The Bahamas. The explorer believes he has reached South Asia

1582 – Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

1692 – The Salem Witch Trials are ended by a letter from Massachusetts Governor William Phips.

1773 – America’s first insane asylum opens for ‘Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds’ in Virginia

1792 – First celebration of Columbus Day in the USA held in New York

1892 – The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited by students in many US public schools, as part of a celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage.

1901 – President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the “Executive Mansion” to the White House.

1979 – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the first of five books in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams is published.

Birthdays

1935 – Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor (d. 2007)

1968 – Hugh Jackman, Australian actor and singer

Deaths

1870 – Robert E. Lee, American Confederate general (b. 1807)

1989 – Jay Ward, American animator (Rocky and Bullwinkle, etc.) (b. 1920)

1999 – Wilt Chamberlain, American basketball player (b. 1936)

Holidays

Columbus Day (traditionally) – United States.

Thanksgiving Monday – Canada

source of information- Wiki

Bullwinkle and Rocky

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