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.

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