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On This Day: April 12th

This is 102nd day of the year and 263 days remain in the year.

in history
1861
The Civil War began when Fort Sumter was attacked.
1862
James J. Andrews led the raiding party that stole the Confederate locomotive "The General," inspiring the 1926 Buster Keaton movie.
1945
President Franklin Roosevelt died.
1955
The polio vaccine of Dr. Jonas Salk was called "safe, effective, and potent."
1961
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri A. Gagarin became the first human in space and also the first human to orbit the earth in a spacecraft.
1981
The first space shuttle, Columbia, took its first test flight.
1983
Harold Washington was elected Chicago’s first African-American mayor.
1999
Arkansas federal judge Susan Webber Wright found President Clinton in contempt of court for lying about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
April 12 BirthdaysHenry Clay1777–1852, American statesman, born in Hanover co., Va.
Montserrat Caballchemist
David Lettermantalk show host
Lily Ponscoloratura soprano
William Martin ConwayEnglish explorer, art historian
Otto Meyerhofphysiologist
Herbie Hancockjazz musician
Tom Clancynovelist



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