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April 12: This Day That Year

April 12

- 1858 - 1st US billiards championship (Michael J Phelan wins in Detroit).

- 1872 - Jesse James's gang robs bank ($1500) in Columbia, Kentucky.

- 1908 - USA: 17,000 homeless in Chelsea Massachusetts due to fire.

- 1940 - NFL: Clipping penalty cut from from 25 yards to 15 yards.

- 1942 - Japan kills 400 Filipino officers in Bataan.

- 1945 - US President Franklin Roosevelt dies (age 63, born January 30, 1882) due to storke in office and VP Harry Truman becomes 33rd US President.

- 1947 - Birthday: David Letterman, comedian (Late Night), born in Indianapolis, Indiana.

- 1955 - Dr. Jonas Salk’s vaccine for polio was declared “safe, effective and potent.”

- 1961 - Yuri Gagarin (Russian cosmonaut) becomes the first person to orbit Earth.

- 1983 - Harold Washington elected Chicago's 1st African American mayor.

- 1987 - Ahmed Salah wins 2nd World Cup marathon.

- 1990 - Greyhound Bus hires new drivers to replace the drivers participating in strike.

- 1990 - East German democratically elected parliament conducts 1st meeting, acknowledges responsibility for Nazi holocaust & asks for forgiveness.

- 1992 - France: Disneyland Paris opens in Marne-la-Vallee.

- 2002 - Palestinian suicide bomber (female) kills 7 and injures 104 at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem.

- 2009 - Captain Richard Phillips rescued by U.S. Navy, killing 3 pirates & capturing 1.

- 2009 - President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas makes a courtesy phone call to PM of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, in an attempt to restart the Palestinian-Israeli dialogue.

- 2013 - Iraq: Mosque attacks kills 11 & injures 30 people.

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