On this day: October 12

POSTED: 1:50 PM Oct 11 2012   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Oct 12 2012

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 - Tom Mix
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Library of Congress

1940: Actor Tom Mix, the star of many early Western movies, dies at age 60 in a car accident near Florence, Ariz. Mix appeared in 291 films between 1909 and 1935, most of them silent movies, and was Hollywood's first Western megastar. His performances were noted as having a defining influence on the genre for cowboy actors who came after him.

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