Today, visitors to the site of the accident can see a ...read more, At 12:15 p.m. local time, a motorized rubber dinghy loaded with explosives blows a 40-by-40-foot hole in the port side of the USS Cole, a U.S. Navy destroyer that was refueling at Aden, Yemen. HISTORY reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it is complete and accurate. That same month, the 150,000-strong British Expeditionary Force retreated from Belgium following the Battle of Mons, leaving scores of wounded Englishmen stranded behind enemy lines. Before it was reburied at Norwich Cathedral, it made a brief stopover in London, where thousands attended a state funeral at Westminster Abbey. (Credit: Imperial War Museum). All Rights Reserved. When the time came to hand her refugees over to their border guides, she would personally lead them to the drop-off point by pretending to take her dog on a walk through the city—all the while watching for spies in the reflections of shop windows. The incident broke out when a Black ...read more, On October 12, 1786, a lovesick Thomas Jefferson composes a romantic and introspective letter to a woman named Maria Cosway. She decided to remain at work there. Shortly before 10 p.m. she was visited by the Reverend Stirling Gahan, who was astonished to find her looking “calm and resigned.” Cavell told Gahan that she hoped to be remembered as a nurse who had done her duty. The night before her execution on October 12, 1915, Cavell confided in Reverend Horace Graham, a chaplain from the American Legation, that “They have all been very kind to me here. Despite Cavell’s precautions, her British nationality made her an obvious target for the Germans. He was 63 years old. The execution of Edith Cavell turned out to be a major propaganda disaster for the Germans, even though they insisted that the laws of war validated it. With his oversized glasses, bowl haircut and down vest, he was an unlikely fashion icon, ...read more, On October 12, 2007, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to increase public knowledge about man-made climate change. When the Germans issued their verdict, Cavell and four others were found guilty of aiding the Allies and sentenced to death. During one surprise search, Cavell hid a British private in a barrel and covered him with apples. The most recent tribute came earlier this year, when the U.K.’s Royal Mint struck a special five pound coin to honor the centennial of her death. Edith Cavell was matron of a nursing school in Brussels when WWI broke out. In 2006, Gore had starred in the Academy ...read more, A massive forest fire rages through Minnesota on October 12, 1918, killing hundreds of people and leaving thousands homeless. On October 12, 1915, World War I nurse Edith Cavell faced a firing squad after she was caught funneling some 200 Allied troops out of German-occupied Belgium. “At a time like this I am more needed than ever,” she told her worried mother. Though diplomats from the neutral governments of the United States and Spain fought to commute her sentence, their efforts were ultimately in vain. Lee was born to Henry Lee and Ann Carter Lee at Stratford Hall, Virginia, in 1807. She professed her Christian faith and that she was glad to die for her country. When World War I erupted in August 1914, Edith Cavell was in her seventh year as the head matron of the Berkendael Medical Institute, a nurse training school in Brussels, Belgium. On the morning of October 12, 1915, the 49-year-old British nurse Edith Cavell is executed by a German firing squad in Brussels, Belgium. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.”, The following morning, Cavell and Baucq were driven to a rifle range and shot by a German firing squad. It was clear that the enemy was closing in, but rather than flee the country, Cavell stayed put and continued aiding Allied soldiers as best she could. After meeting Shepard in a Laramie, Wyoming, gay bar, The Fireside Lounge, Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney lured him to the parking lot, where he was savagely attacked and ...read more, In one of the most surreal moments in the history of the Cold War, Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev pounds his fist on the table, and according to some reports, removes his shoe and threatens to pound a table with it in protest against a speech critical of Soviet policy in ...read more, General Robert Edward Lee, the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, dies at his home in Lexington, Virginia.