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On This Day - October 12


Literary and Innovative People
A celebration of writers and writing on this day through history.
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Events through the years on October 12

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Picture of Claire Rayner

2010 Claire Rayner was an English nurse, journalist, agony aunt and a novelist. Claire Rayner was born in Stepney, in London on January 22, 1931 and she died on October 12, 2010 in Harrow, London, England. Rayner has written 55 fiction books and 35 non fiction books. All these books are influenced by her experiences as a nurse and as an agony aunt listening to people on the ground. Clinical Judgements is one of these novels that is set in a very busy hospital.

Picture of Voskhod 1

1964 The Soviet Union launches the Voskhod 1 into Earth orbit as the first spacecraft with a multi-person crew, and the first flight without pressure suits.

Picture of Richard Price

1949 Richard Price is an American author of fiction depicting urban life in American cities. His novels are gritty and look to get to the heart of problem. Richard Price was born on October 12, 1949 in the Bronx, New York, USA. The setting for many of Price's novels in the fictional city of Dempsey, widely regarded as New York. Clockers tells of the dynamics of the interractions between the police and their mainly black counterparts on the streets.

Picture of To the Ends of the Earth Book Cover

1949 Carlos the Jackal, Venezuelan convicted of terrorism and murderer was born

Picture of Rick Parfitt

1948 Rick Parfitt, English singer-songwriter and guitarist with Status Quo was born

Picture of Angela Rippon

1944 Angela Rippon, English journalist, author and newsreader was born

Picture of Luciano Pavarotti

1935 Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor and actor was born

Picture of Iron Lung Respirator

1928 An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Boston Children's Hospital.

Picture of Christopher Columbus Book Cover

1492 Christopher Columbus's first expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean, specifically in The Bahamas.

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