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Notable Historical Events for April 12th

1961Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes 1st person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1)

1959Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open

19613rd Grammy Awards: Theme From a Summer Place, Ray Charles wins 4

1955salk polio vaccine safe & effective; 4 billion dimes marched

195317th Golf Masters Championship: Ben Hogan wins, shooting a 274

196428th Golf Masters Championship: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 276

195418th Golf Masters Championship: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 289

1970Yankees dedicate plaques to Mickey Mantle & Joe DiMaggio

1999US President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving "intentionally false statements" in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit.

1864Confederate Gen Nathan Bedford Forrest captures Fort Pillow, Tn

April 12th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on April 12th

1960Ron MacLean, Zweibr├╝cken Germany, Canadian sportscaster (Hockey Night in Canada)

1979Claire Danes, NYC, actress (Angela-My So Called Life, Romeo & Juliet)

1971Shannen Doherty, Memphis Tn, actress (Little House, Bev Hills 90210)

1777Henry Clay, [the Great Compromiser], Hanover County Virginia, US politician

April 12th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on April 12th

1913Author Upton Sinclair (34) weds writer Mary Craig (31)

1842Sardinia king Victor Emmanuel II (22) weds queen Adelaide of Austria (20) at Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi

1986Author Arianna Huffington (35) weds politician Michael Huffington (38)

1952Cambodia king Norodom Sihanouk (29) weds Paule Monique Izzi

April 12th Weddings
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Notable Divorces on April 12th

1935Actress Mary Astor (28) divorces Dr. Franklyn Thorpe after 4 years of marriage

1992Actress Lisa Bonet files for divorce from singer Lenny Kravitz

April 12th Divorces
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Notable Deaths on April 12th

1945Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd US President (D) (1933-1945), dies at 63

1912Clara Barton, organizer (American Red Cross), dies at 90

1989Sugar Ray Robinson, heavyweight boxing champ, dies at 67 of Alzheimer

1704Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, French bishop and writer, dies at 77

1981Joe Louis, [Brown bomber], US heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49), dies of cardiac arrest at 66

1997George Wald, scientist, (Nobel Prize, vitamin A in retina) dies at 90

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