April 12th-This Day In History

April 12 is the 102nd day of the year. There are 263 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

+ 1861 – American Civil War: Battle of Fort Sumter. The war begins with Confederate forces firing on Fort Sumter, in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.

+ 1927 – Rocksprings, Texas was hit by an F5 tornado that destroyed 235 of the 247 buildings in the town and killed 72 townspeople and injured 205; third deadliest tornado in Texas history.

+ 1934 – The strongest surface wind gust in the world at the time of 231 mph, is measured on the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire. It has since been surpassed.

+ 1945 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies in office; Vice President Harry S. Truman becomes President upon Roosevelt's death.

+ 1955 – The polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, is declared safe and effective.

+ 1999 – United States President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving "intentionally false statements" in a civil lawsuit; he is later fined and disbarred.

( Births )

 

+ 1925 – Ned Miller, American country music singer and songwriter (d. 2016)

+ 1932 – Tiny Tim, American singer and ukulele player (d. 1996)

+ 1940 – Herbie Hancock, American pianist, composer, and bandleader

+ 1946 – Ed O'Neill, American actor and comedian

+ 1947 – Tom Clancy, American historian and author (d. 2013)

+ 1950 – David Cassidy, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2017)

+ 1957 – Vince Gill, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

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