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April 12 Birthdays

Henry Clay
1777–1852, American statesman, born in Hanover co., Va.

William Martin Conway
English explorer, art historian (1856)

Otto Meyerhof
physiologist (1884)

Lily Pons
coloratura soprano (1904)

Montserrat Caballé
singer (1933)

Herbie Hancock
jazz musician (1940)

David Letterman
talk show host (1947)

Tom Clancy
novelist (1947)

April 12 in History


The Civil War began when Fort Sumter was attacked.


James J. Andrews led the raiding party that stole the Confederate locomotive "The General," inspiring the 1926 Buster Keaton movie.


President Franklin Roosevelt died.


The polio vaccine of Dr. Jonas Salk was called "safe, effective, and potent."


Soviet cosmonaut Yuri A. Gagarin became the first human in space and also the first human to orbit the earth in a spacecraft.


The first space shuttle, Columbia, took its first test flight.


Harold Washington was elected Chicago’s first African-American mayor.


Arkansas federal judge Susan Webber Wright found President Clinton in contempt of court for lying about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

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