Sunday, April 15, 2012
APRIL 12th - THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Famous Quote Said On April 12
A statesman is a politician who's been dead 10 or 15 years
Harry S. Truman
April 12 Birthdays
April 12 In History
President Gerald Ford withdraws troops from Cambodia, ceding country to Khmer Rouge
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes first human to travel into space; first earth orbit completed on this date.
The polio vaccine (for poliomyelitis), developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, is announced and declared safe and effective.
The first jet engine designed to power an aircraft is ground tested by Sir Frank Whittle in England.
England adopts the Union Jack, combining the flag designs of England and Scotland as its new flag
This Day in Business
The Toledo Auto-Lite strike begins taking the first step towards unionization in the automotive industry.
This Day in Entertainment
The song "Rock Around the Clock" is released; hits #1 in movie "Blackboard Jungle".
This Day in Geography
Constantinople is sacked by the 4th Crusade.
This Day in Sports
Terry Fox, on one leg, starts cross-Canada run to raise awareness & money for cancer causes.
April 12th Holiday
Yuri's Night - Commemoration of Yuri Gagarin being the first human in space.
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