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 - Oktoberfest
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1810: The Bavarian royalty invites the citizens of Munich to join the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, starting the tradition of Oktoberfest. The highlight of the celebration wasn't beer tents like today's tradition, but rather a horse race.

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