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Today in History for October 12th

USATODAY.com Saturday, 12 October 2019
Highlights of this day in history: Columbus lands in Americas; USS Cole bombed in Yemen; Soviet leader Khrushchev bangs shoe at UN; Blast rips Bali nightclub; Opera's Luciano Pavarotti born; Singer John Denver dies in plane crash. (Oct. 12)
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News video: This Day in History: Columbus Reaches the New World (Oct. 12)

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This Day in History: Columbus Reaches the New World October 12, 1492 After sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, the Italian explorer saw a Bahamian island, believing he has reached East Asia. His expedition went ashore the same day — on what was probably Watling Island in the Bahamas — and claimed...

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Soviet Union Soviet Union Communist state in Europe and Asia that lasted from 1922 to 1991

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Bali Bali Province of and island in Indonesia

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