April 12: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1776 - American Revolution: With the Halifax Resolves, the North Carolina Provincial Congress authorizes its Congressional delegation to vote for independence from Britain.
- 1831 - Soldiers marching on the Broughton Suspension Bridge in Manchester, England cause it to collapse.
- 1945 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies while in office; vice-presidentHarry Truman is sworn in as the 33rd President.
- 1955 - The polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, is declared safe and effective.
- 1961 - The Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space and perform the first manned orbital flight, in Vostok 3KA-2 (Vostok 1).
- Famous Birthdays: Antonio da Sangallo the Younger (Italian architect, designed the Apostolic Palace and St. Peter's Basilica), William Cookworthy (English minister and pharmacist), Edward Walter Maunder (English astronomer), Otto Meyerhof (German physician and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate), Beverly Cleary (American author)
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