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 - Alcatraz Island
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Los Angeles Public Library

1933: The United States Army Disciplinary Barracks on Alcatraz Island is acquired by the U.S. Department of Justice. The island would become a federal prison in August 1934 and was designed to hold prisoners who continuously caused trouble at other federal prisons.

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