On this day: October 12

POSTED: 10:50 AM PDT October 11, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT October 11, 2012 

Christopher Columbus lands in the New World, Oktoberfest finds its roots, Sid is arrested for allegedly killing Nancy, and Matthew Shepard dies, all on this day.

OTD October 12 - Eastern State Hospital
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1773: Eastern State Hospital, America's first insane asylum, opens for "Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds" in Williamsburg, Va. By 1968, all of the hospital's patients had been moved to a newer facility on the outskirts of the city, but in 1985 the original hospital was rebuilt on its excavated foundations and now operates as a museum.

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