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

'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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On this day in history, Christopher Columbus reached new land, October 12, 1492
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 19: Malala Yousafzai attends TimesTalks Presents: I Am Malala at The French Institute on August 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai (2nd L) with family members brother Atal (L), mother Tor Pekai (2nd L) and father Ziauddin on August 18, 2014 at United Nations headquarters in New York before meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Yousafzai was attending a UN conference called '500 Days of Action for the Millennium Development Goals'. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai (C) poses with students August 18, 2014 at United Nations headquarters in New York. Yousafzai was attending a UN conference called '500 Days of Action for the Millennium Development Goals'. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) presents a UN back pack to Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai (R) August 18, 2014 at United Nations headquarters in New York. Yousafzai was attending a UN conference called '500 Days of Action for the Millennium Development Goals'. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) presents a copy of his book to Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai (2nd R) August 18, 2014 at United Nations headquarters in New York as as Ban's wife Yoo Soon-taek (2nd L) and Yousafzai's father Ziauddin (R) look on. Yousafzai was attending a UN conference called '500 Days of Action for the Millennium Development Goals'. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 18: Malala Yousafzai, an education and women's rights activist, meets with United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (not seen) on August 18, 2014 in New York City. Mala also attended a conference marking the UN's Millenium Development Goals. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai arrives August 18, 2014 at United Nations headquarters in New York. Yousafzai was attending a UN conference called '500 Days of Action for the Millennium Development Goals'. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 18: Malala Yousafzai, an education and women's rights activist (C), is given the gift of a backpack from United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (L) on August 18, 2014 in New York City. Mala also attended a conference marking the UN's Millenium Development Goals. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Robin Roberts greets Pakistani teenager and education activist Malala Yousafzai backstage at GOOD MORNING AMERICA. Malala taped an interview that airs MONDAY, AUG. 18 (7:00-9:00am, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) MALALA YOUSAFZAI, ROBIN ROBERTS
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Pakistani teenager and education activist Malala Yousafzai talks to Amy Robach on GOOD MORNING AMERICA and takes questions from an audience of schoolgirls. The interview will air MONDAY, AUG. 18 (7:00-9:00am, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) MALALA YOUSAFZAI, AMY ROBACH
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Pakistani teenager and education activist Malala Yousafzai is interviewed on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, airing MONDAY, AUG. 18 (7:00-9:00am, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) MALALA YOUSAFZAI
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - JULY 31: Education rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai (C) of Pakistan displays her painting at a children's workshops at Emancipation Village on July 31, 2014 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. (Photo by Sean Drakes/LatinContent/Getty Images)
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - JULY 31: Education rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominated Malala Yousafzai (L) of Pakistan visits children's workshops at Emancipation Village on July 31, 2014 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. (Photo by Sean Drakes/LatinContent/Getty Images)
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - JULY 30: Education rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan delivers a speech at the National Academy for the Performing Arts on July 30, 2014 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. (Photo by Sean Drakes/LatinContent/Getty Images)
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - JULY 30: Fazal Karim (L), Minister of Tertiary Education, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai (C), and Dr. Tim Gopeesingh, Minister of Education watch a musical performance at the National Academy for the Performing Arts on July 30, 2014 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. (Photo by Sean Drakes/LatinContent/Getty Images)
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - JULY 30: Malala Yousafzai (L) of Pakistan poses with Elizabeth Archibald at the National Academy for the Performing Arts on July 30, 2014 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. (Photo by Sean Drakes/LatinContent/Getty Images)
Malala Yousafzai on the cover of Time magazine on shelves at WH Smith newsagent London England UK
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai in London bookshop
US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughter Malia meet with Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago in the Oval Office of the White House Oct. 11, 2013 in Washington, DC.
New York, NY, USA. 10th October 2013. Malala Yousafzai with her father and award winning journalist Christiane Amanpour appeared at the 92nd St Y on Manhattans upper east side. Malala when she was 15 was shot in the face by the Talaban because she advocated for education for girls. Malala is in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize. © Scott Houston/Alamy Live News
New York, NY, USA. 10th October 2013. Malala Yousafzai with her father and award winning journalist Christiane Amanpour appeared at the 92nd St Y on Manhattans upper east side. Malala when she was 15 was shot in the face by the Talaban because she advocated for education for girls. Malala is in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize. © Scott Houston/Alamy Live News
New York, NY, USA. 10th October 2013. Malala Yousafzai with her father and award winning journalist Christiane Amanpour appeared at the 92nd St Y on Manhattans upper east side. Malala when she was 15 was shot in the face by the Talaban because she advocated for education for girls. Malala is in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize. © Scott Houston/Alamy Live News
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Chairperson, Global March Against Child Labour Kailash Satyarthi attends a human trafficking special session during the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on September 24, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Kailash Satyarthi and Ndioro Ndiaye attends a human trafficking special session during the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on September 24, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Kailash Satyarthi,Ndioro Ndiaye, Julia Ormond, David Arkless and Conny Czymoch attends a human trafficking special session during the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on September 24, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Kailash Satyarthi attends a human trafficking special session during the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on September 24, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
NEW DELHI,INDIA - JUNE 18: Kailash Satyarthi, noted Indian anti-child labour activist and head of the South Asian Coalition Against Child Servitude, addresses a press conference in New Delhi 18 June 1999. Satyarthi asked the Indian government to ban the worst forms of child labour. (Photo by: Ravi Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW DELHI,INDIA - AUGUST 25: A social worker showing wounds inflicted by a seven-year-old boy's employer, a carpet manufacturer, at a news conference in New Delhi 25 August. Leading Indian child labour activist Kailash Satyarthi said more than one million child labourers are employed in South Asian carpet factories. (Photo by: Ravi Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : Ethel Kennedy, wife of Robert F. Kennedy, US television sports broadcaster Frank Gifford(2nd-L) and his singer-actress wife Kathie Lee(C-rear) playfully hug Jessica More(C-front), former child laborer from the Phillipines, as Kailash Satyarthi(R-rear), coordinator of the Global March Against Child Labor and an unidentified youth look on 27 May during a send-off rally for the Global March Against Child Labor in Washington, DC. The Global March has been in several countries including the US to attempt to raise awareness to the problem of child labor. AFP Photo Stephen JAFFE (Photo credit should read STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
GCE president Kailash Satyarthi & mdgVOICE blogger Geetika Gupta
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