Today is Monday, Oct. 12, the 286th day of 2020. There are 80 days left in the year.

Today in history

On Oct. 12, 2002, bombs blamed on al-Qaida-linked militants destroyed a nightclub on the Indonesian island of Bali, killing 202 people, including 88 Australians and seven Americans.

Also on this date:

In 1864, Roger B. Taney, the fifth Chief Justice of the United States, died at 87; he was succeeded by Salmon Chase.

In 1870, Gen. Robert E. Lee died in Lexington, Va., at age 63.

In 1942, during World War II, American naval forces defeated the Japanese in the Battle of Cape Esperance. ... Attorney General Francis Biddle announced during a Columbus Day celebration at Carnegie Hall in New York that Italian nationals in the United States would no longer be considered enemy aliens.

In 1957, the Dr. Seuss Yuletide tale “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” was first published by Random House.

In 1973, President Richard Nixon nominated House minority leader Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to succeed Spiro T. Agnew as vice president.

Fun fact

There was once an owl that stood almost 4 feet tall. The Cuban giant owl or Ornimegalonyx, is believed to be the largest owl that ever existed. It lived exclusively on Cuban islands and was nearly flightless.

These three tweets

1. I’m going to start following my dogs lead and bite some ankles when you get too close to me.


2. Me: “Kids, never take candy from strangers.”

Also me on Halloween: “I want more Twix, go ask that clown with the red balloon for some.”


3. So far the fourth decade of 2020 doesn’t seem so bad


Trending words

“Fracking:” noun. Definition: The injection of fluid into shale beds at high pressure in order to free up petroleum resources (such as oil or natural gas).

— Merriam-Webster

Today’s birthdays

Broadcast journalist Chris Wallace is 73. Actor Carlos Bernard is 58. Rock singer Bob Schneider is 55. Actor Hugh Jackman is 52. Rhythm-and-blues singer Garfield Bright (Shai) is 51. Country musician Martie Maguire (Courtyard Hounds, The Chicks) is 51. Actor Kirk Cameron is 50. Olympic gold medal skier Bode Miller is 43. Actor Brian J. Smith is 39. Actor Marcus T. Paulk is 34. Actor Ito Aghayere is 33. Actor Josh Hutcherson is 28.

The Edge is compiled by Dallas Marshall. She can be contacted at

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