Wednesday, April 12, 2017
History for April 12 - On-This-Day.com:
Henry Clay 1777 - "The Great Pacificator", U.S. Secretary of State under John Quincy Adams, three time unsuccessful candidate for president of United States. Quote: "I would rather be right than president.", Herbie Hancock 1940 - Jazz/fusion musician, composer, Ed O'Neill 1946 - Actor ("Married....with Children", "Wayne’s World")
Tom Clancy 1947 - Author, David Letterman 1947 - TV host, comedian ("Late Night With David Letterman"), Scott Turow 1949 - Author ("Presumed Innocent", "The Burden of Proof")
1861 - Fort Sumter was shelled by Confederacy, starting America's Civil War.
1877 - A catcher's mask was used in a baseball game for the first time by James Alexander Tyng.
1916 - American cavalrymen and Mexican bandit troops clashed at Parrel, Mexico.
1945 - In New York, the organization of the first eye bank, the Eye Bank for Sight Restoration, was announced.
1945 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt died in Warm Spring, GA. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 63. Harry S Truman became president.
1961 - Soviet Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin became first man to orbit the Earth.
1981 - The space shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL, on its first test flight.
1982 - The British Navy began enforcing a blockade around the Falkland Islands.