On this day: October 12

POSTED: 11:50 AM MDT Oct 11, 2012    UPDATED: 12:00 AM MDT Oct 12, 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 - Robert E Lee
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Library of Congress

1870: Gen. Robert E. Lee, best known for having commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War, dies at the age of 63 in Lexington, Va., from the effects of pneumonia two weeks after suffering a stroke.

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