October 12

This Day in History

2002

Bali Bombing

On 12 October 2002, a deadly act of terrorism occurred in the tourist district of Kuta on the Indonesian island of Bali. The first bomb exploded inside Paddy's Irish Pub on the Kuta Beach tourist … (more...)

2001

Escape Artist’s First Prison Breakout

On this day in 2001, French criminal Pascal Payet staged the first of three daring prison escapes using a hijacked helicopter. Born on 7 July 1963, in Vitry-sur-Seine, France, Payet quickly … (more...)

1999

The Day of Six Billion

At the end of the last millennium, 12 October 1999 was declared "The Day of 6 Billion"—the day on which the proclaimed 6 billionth living human in the world was born—by the United Nations. They even … (more...)

1492

Columbus Reaches the New World

Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sights a Bahamian island, believing that he has reached East Asia. His expedition went ashore the same day, and claimed the land for Isabella and Ferdinand of … (more...)