On this day: October 12

POSTED: 10:50 AM PDT Oct 11, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Oct 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 - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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Pan Books

1979: "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," the first of five books in the comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams, is published. It sold 250,000 copies in the first three months.

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