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Today in History

April 12


1606   The Union Jack is adopted as the national flag of Great Britain.

1861   The American Civil War begins as Confederate forces fire on Fort Sumter

1945   President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies

1955   The polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, is declared safe and effective.

Famous Birthdays:

1577   Christian IV (King of Denmark for 59 years)

1947   David Letterman (Talk Show Host)

1950   David Cassidy (Singer and actor)

1956   Andy Garcia (Actor)

1957   Vince Gill (Singer)

1979   Claire Danes (Actress)

Today in History Archive:

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