On This Day: April 12th
This is 103rd day of the year and 263 days remain in the year.
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.
Harold Washington was elected Chicago’s first African-American mayor.
April 12 BirthdaysHenry Clay1777–1852, American statesman, born in Hanover co., Va.
David Lettermantalk show host
Lily Ponscoloratura soprano
William Martin ConwayEnglish explorer, art historian
Herbie Hancockjazz musician