On This Day..... April 12

 

APRIL 12TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL GRILLED CHEESE DAY
  • TODAY IS COLORADO APPRECIATION DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL LICORICE DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • HENRY CLAY (1777-1852)
  • BEVERLY CLEARY (1916, 102)
  • TINY TIM (1932-1996)
 
  • HERBIE HANCOCK (1940, 78)
  • ED O’NEILL (1946, 72)
 
  • DAN LAURIA (1947, 71)
  • DAVID LETTERMAN (1947, 71)
 
  • TOM CLANCY (1947, 71)
  • DAVID CASSIDY (1950-2017)
 
  • TOM WERNER (1950, 68)
  • ANDY GARCIA (1956, 62)
 
  • VINCE GILL (1957, 61)
  • SHANNON DOHERTY (1971, 47)
 
  • CLAIRE DANES (1979, 39)
  • JENNIFER MORRISON (1979, 39)
 
  • BROOKLYN DECKER (1987, 31)
  • SAOIRSE RONAN (1994, 24)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1844, TEXAS SIGNS THE “TREATY OF ANNEXATION” WITH THE UNITED STATES
  • IN 1853, NEW YORK ENACTS A LAW MAKING TRUANCY A FINABLE VIOLATION AND BEGINS CHARGING PARENTS $50 IF THEIR CHILDREN MISS SCHOOL WITHOUT REASON
  • IN 1861, CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS ATTACK FORT SUMTER IN SOUTH CAROLINA, STARTING THE CIVIL WAR
 
  • IN 1864, CONFEDERATE GENERAL AND KKK GRAND WIZARD NATHAN FORREST CAPTURES FORT PILLOW, TENNESSEE FOR THE SOUTH AND SLAUGHTERS 231 UNION SOLDIERS, MOST OF WHOM WERE BLACK
  • IN 1869, NORTH CAROLINA OUTLAWS THE KU KLUX KLAN
  • IN 1872, JESSE JAMES ROBS $1,500 FROM A BANK IN COLUMBIA, KENTUCKY
 
  • IN 1877, CATCHERS BEGIN WEARING MASKS IN BASEBALL GAMES
  • IN 1878, CORRUPT NEW YORK POLITICIAN BOSS TWEED DIES IN PRISON AT 55
  • IN 1900, THE FORAKER ACT PASSES CONGRESS MAKING PUERTO RICO A US TERRITORY
 
  • IN 1908, A FIRE IN CHELSEA, MASS DESTROYS 1500 BUILDINGS INCLUDING CITY HALL AND KILLS 15 PEOPLE. THE WINDS WERE SO STRONG THAT THE FIRE ONLY STOPPED WHEN IT HIT THE MYSTIC RIVER. IT BECAME KNOWN AS “THE FIRST GREAT CHELSEA FIRE” AFTER A SECOND FIRE BURNED THE SAME LOCATION IN 1973.
  • IN 1912, RED CROSS FOUNDER CLARA BARTON DIES AT 90
 
  • IN 1932, EDMUND GOULDING’S “GRAND HOTEL” PREMIERES. IT WOULD GO ON TO WIN BEST PICTURE AT THE 1932 ACADEMY AWARDS
  • IN 1941, THE BOSTON BRUINS DEFEAT THE DETROIT RED WINGS FOR THE STANLEY CUP
  • IN 1942, JAPAN KILLS 400 FILIPINO MILITARY OFFICERS IN BATAAN
  • IN 1945, PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT DIES IN OFFICE OF A STROKE AND PRESIDENT HARY TRUMAN IS SWORN IN AS THE 33RD PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
  • IN 1954, BILL HALEY AND THE COMETS RECORD “ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK”
 
  • IN 1954, JOE TURNER RELEASES “SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL”
  • IN 1955, DR. JONAS SALK ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF A “SAFE AND EFFECTIVE” POLIO VACCINE
  • IN 1961, RUSSIAN COSMONAUT YURI GAGARIN IS THE FIRST MAN TO ORBIT THE EARTH
 
  • IN 1963, THE BEATLES RELEASE “FROM ME TO YOU”
  • IN 1963, POLICE IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA USE ATTACK DOGS AND CATTLE PRODS ON A CROWD OF PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATORS
  • IN 1966, THE FIRST B-52 BOMBERS ARE USED TO DROP BOMBS ON NORTH VIETNAM
  • IN 1966, JAN BERRY OF JAN AND DEAN CRASHES HIS CORVETTE WHILE ROUNDING A SHARP CURVE LEAVING HIS WITH BRIAN DEAD AND PARALYSIS. TWO YEARS EARLIER, JAN AND DEAN HAD A HIT WITH THE SONG “DEAD MAN’S CURVE”
 
  • IN 1967, THE ROLLING STONES ARE STOPPED AT AN AIRPORT AND SEARCHED FOR DRUGS, MAKING THEM MISS THEIR FLIGHT. AFTER MICK JAGGER GOT AGITATED, A FIGHT ENSUED AND HE WAS PUNCHED IN THE FACE BY AN AIRPORT OFFICIAL
  • IN 1968, 6,000 SHEEP DIE ON THE SKULL VALLEY INDIAN RESERVATION IN UTAH AFTER THE MILITARY TESTS A NERVE GAS IN NEARBY FIELDS. NOW KNOWN AS THE DUGWAY SHEEP INCIDENT, THE ARMY HAS NEVER ADMITTED RESPONSIBILITY, BUT THE TRIBE INSISTS IT DESTROYED THEIR ECONOMIC VIABILITY
 
  • IN 1969, THE 5TH DIMENSION GOES TO #1 WITH “AQUARIUS / LET THE SUNSHINE IN”
  • IN 1975, LINDA RONSTADT RELEASES “WHEN WILL I BE LOVED”
  • IN 1975, DAVID BOWIE ANNOUNCES IN A PLAYBOY INTERVIEW THAT HE IS RETIRING
 
  • IN 1976, ANNE RICE RELEASES “INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE”
  • IN 1980, THE US OLYMPIC COMMITTEE ENDORSES A BOYCOTT OF THE SUMMER GAMES IN MOSCOW
  • IN 1981, BOXER JOE LOUIS HAS A HEART ATTACK AND DIES AT 66
 
  • IN 1986, MICHAEL AND ARIANNA HUFFINGTON ARE MARRIED
  • IN 1987, “21 JUMP STREET” DEBUTS ON FOX
 
  • IN 1988, SONNY BONO IS ELECTED MAYOR OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
  • IN 1989, BOXER SUGAR RAY ROBINSON DIES OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AT 67
  • IN 1989, POLITICAL ACTIVIST ABBIE HOFFMAN DIES AT 53
  • IN 1989, GARTH BROOKS RELEASES HIS SELF TITLED DEBUT ALBUM
 
  • IN 1990, ALL MAJOR TUNA PRODUCERS BAND TOGETHER AND PLEDGE TO STOP BUYING TUNA FROM FISHERMAN WHO USE NETS THAT CAN ALSO CATCH DOLPHINS
  • IN 1990, JAMES BROWN IS RELEASED FROM PRISON INTO A WORK RELEASE CENTER AFTER SERVING 15 MONTHS
  • IN 1990, THE FIRST EVER DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED PARLIAMENT OF EAST GERMANY HOLDS ITS FIRST MEETING AND IMMEDIATELY ACKNOWLEDGES THE HOLOCAUST AND ASKS FOR FORGIVENESS FOR GERMANY’S RESPONSIBILITY
  • IN 1992, DISNEY OPENS THE EURO-DISNEY THEME PARK IN FRANCE
 
  • IN 1992, LENNY KRAVITZ AND LISA BONET DIVORCE
  • IN 1995, GOVERNOR GEORGE W. BUSH OF TEXAS DECLARES “SELENA DAY” AFTER THE SINGER WAS MURDERED TWO WEEKS EARLIER
  • IN 1997, R. KELLY GOES TO #1 WITH “I BELIEVE I CAN FLY”
 
  • IN 1999, PRESIDENT CLINTON IS CITED FOR CONTEMPT OF COURT AND GIVING “INTENTIONALLY FALSE STATEMENTS” IN HIS SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWSUIT
  • IN 2000, METALLICA SUES NAPSTER FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
  • IN 2005, MARIAH CAREY RELEASES “THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI”
 
  • IN 2007, THE US POST OFFICE BEGINS ISSUING THE FOREVER STAMP
  • IN 2009, THE UNITED STATES NAVY TAKES OUT 3 OF THE 4 PIRATES WHO CAPTURED THE MAERSK ALABAMA AND RECOVER KIDNAPPED CAPTAIN RICHARD PHILLIPS
  • IN 2015, HILLARY CLINTON ANNOUNCES SHE WILL SEEK THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016
 

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