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Birthdays: April 12

Many readers ask The Old Farmer's Almanac what happened on their birthday--or the birthday of a loved one.. To help out, we've put together an everything-birthdays page! Find fun birthday facts, birthday history, folklore, and more!

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Weather History for April 12

1856: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was hit by a tornado; 150 houses lost their roofs

Birthday Weather

What was the weather like on the day that you or a loved one was born? See our free Weather History tool to go back in time!

What about the weather forecast for a future birthday? Check out our long-range weather forecasts for your location.

Birthday Lore for April 12

You are naturally very cautious and act only after due consideration. Your decision made, you carry all responsibility and will not retract any part of it. You love your home and continually try to make it more pleasant and attractive.

Who Else Shares This Birthday?

Born 1933: Montserrat Caballe (opera singer)

Born 1947: Tom Clancy (author)

Born 1947: David Letterman (talk show host)

On This Day in History

1981: Space shuttle Columbia first launched

1861: The US Civil War began

1980: Terry Fox began his "Marathon of Hope" across Canada in St. John's, Newfoundland, by dipping his artificial leg into the Atlantic Ocean

Signs of the Zodiac

ARIES (March 21-April 20)

The Ram. Ruling planet: Mars. Element: Fire. Quality: Assertiveness. Ability: Leadership.You are the initiators of the zodiac. Dashing hither and yon (you are always in a hurry),you rush fearlessly ahead with little regard for your own safety. You like to be first in all that you do, and you are happiest when sharing your new discoveries with your friends. Willing to begin conversations with total strangers, you usually have many friends.


Birthday Cakes

To celebrate, see 5 recipes for easy, beautiful birthday cakes!

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