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Calendar for April 12th, 2014

Every Year

  • National Licorice Day

  • 1830s

  • 1833: Charles A. Gayler received a patent for a fireproof safe

  • 1850s

  • 1859: First U.S. championship billiards game

  • 1860s

  • 1861: The US Civil War began

  • 1910s

  • Died 1912: Clara Barton (founder of the American Red Cross)

  • Born 1916: Beverly Cleary (author)

  • 1917: Women granted the right to vote in Ontario

  • 1920s

  • Born 1924: Dr. Peter Safar (originator of CPR)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1933: Montserrat Caballe (opera singer)

  • 1936: Nova Scotia's Moose River gold mine collapsed, trapping 3 people

  • 1940s

  • Born 1940: Herbie Hancock (musician)

  • Died 1945: Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd U.S. president)

  • Born 1947: David Letterman (talk show host)

  • Born 1947: Tom Clancy (author)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1950: David Cassidy (actor & singer)

  • 1954: Bill Haley and His Comets recorded Rock Around the Clock

  • 1955: The polio vaccine developed by Dr. Salk was found to be successful after subjection to a year of clinical trials

  • Born 1956: Andy García (actor)

  • Born 1957: Vince Gill (musician)

  • 1960s

  • 1969: "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by the 5th Dimension topped the charts for 6 weeks

  • 1970s

  • Born 1979: Jennifer Morrison (actress)

  • Born 1979: Claire Danes (actress)

  • 1980s

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

  • 1981: Space shuttle Columbia first launched

  • 1983: Harold Washington was elected the first African-American mayor of Chicago

  • 1987: Texaco Inc. became the largest U.S. company in history to file bankruptcy after it is ordered to pay Pennzoil $8.53 billion in damages for unfair business practices

  • Died 1989: Abbie Hoffman (social and political activist)

  • Died 1989: Sugar Ray Robinson (boxer)

  • 1990s

  • 1992: Golfer Fred Couples won the Masters tournament


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