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 - John Denver
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1997: Singer-songwriter John Denver is killed at the age of 53 when his experimental aircraft crashes into the Pacific Ocean near Pacific Grove, Calif., while making a series of touch-and-go landings at the nearby Monterey Peninsula Airport. Denver earned 12 gold and four platinum albums over a 35-year career with his signature songs "Thank God I'm a Country Boy," "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "Rocky Mountain High" and "Sunshine on My Shoulders."

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