On this day in history, Christopher Columbus reached new land, October 12, 1492

'This Day in History': 10/12/1492 - Columbus Set Sail
'This Day in History': 10/12/1492 - Columbus Set Sail


On October 11 in 1492: Christopher Columbus reached new land across the Atlantic Ocean in the Bahamas. He claimed the land on behalf of Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain.

Other Events on October 11:
1960
: Nikita Khrushchev, the USSR leader, interrupted a U.N. General Assembly session by pounding his shoe on the desk.
1964: The USSR launched the Voskhod 1 into orbit around Earth.
1984: Margaret Thatcher escaped an assassination attempt in Brighton, England.
2007: Al Gore was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his environmental in the midst of his 'The Inconvenient Truth' work.
2013: Charlie Hunnam, from 'Sons of Anarchy,' pulled out of '50 Shades of Gray' film project.

Malala Yousafazi was recently awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, an honor Al Gore received on October 12 back in 2007:

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