12 October It Happened Today
1537 Birth of English King Edward VI.
1845 Death of English social reformer Elizabeth Fry.
1870 Death of Confederate commander Robert E Lee.
1901 President Theodore Roosevelt renames the Executive Mansion as “The White House”.
1915 Germany executes British nurse Edith Cavell in Belgium for assisting Allied soldiers to escape to Holland.
1935 Birth of Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
1964 Death of English author Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond.
1978 Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols is arrested and charged in New York with the murder of his girlfriend.