Sunday, April 12, 2015

Today in History: Sunday, April 12, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On April 12, 1861, the Civil War began as Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.
AP Photo/Fort Sumter National Monument
On this date in:
1606England's King James I decreed the design of the original Union Flag, which combined the flags of England and Scotland.
1877The catcher for Harvard's baseball team, James Tyng, wore a modified fencing mask behind the plate. It is believed to be the first time a catcher's mask was used during a game.
1945President Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Ga., at age 63.
AP Photo
1961Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to fly in space, orbiting the Earth once before making a safe landing.
AP Photo
1981The space shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on its first test flight.
1983Harold Washington was elected Chicago's first African-American mayor.
1999U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright found President Bill Clinton in contempt of court for giving "intentionally false" testimony in a lawsuit filed by Paula Jones about his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
2002Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez resigned under pressure from the country's divided military. (He was returned to office two days later.)
2004Barry Bonds hit his 660th home run to tie Willie Mays for third on baseball's career list. (Bonds is now the career leader in home runs.)
2009American cargo ship captain Richard Phillips was rescued from Somali pirates by U.S. Navy snipers who shot and killed three of the hostage-takers.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Country musician Vince Gill turns 58 years old today.
AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
Montserrat CaballeOpera singer82
Herbie HancockJazz musician75
John KayRock singer (Steppenwolf)71
Ed O'NeillActor ("Modern Family," "Married ... With Children")69
Dan LauriaActor ("The Wonder Years")68
David LettermanTalk show host68
Scott TurowAuthor66
David CassidyActor, singer ("The Partridge Family")65
Andy GarciaActor59
Amy RayFolk singer, musician (Indigo Girls)51
Nicholas BrendonActor ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")44
Shannen DohertyActress44
Jennifer MorrisonActress ("House M.D.")36
Matt McGorryActor ("Orange is the New Black")29
Brendon UrieRock musician (Panic at the Disco)28
Saoirse RonanActress ("Atonement," "The Lovely Bones")21
Actress Claire Danes turns 36 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini
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