11 Things That Happened This Day In History - 12th April

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Here is a note of 11 things that happened on this day in history

1. 1861 - The American Civil War begins

2. 1945 - Franklin D. Roosevelt dies

3. 1947 - David Letterman is born

4. 1961 - The Soviet Union beats the USA in the race to get the first man into space. Yuri Gagarin becomes a national hero

5. 1963 - The Beatles released From Me To You in the UK

6. 1975 - The US admits defeat in Cambodia and removes its remaining embassy personnel from the capital, Phnom Penh

7. 1979 - Homeland actress Claire Danes is born

8. 1992 - Disneyland Paris opens in Marne-La-Vallee, France

9. 1997 - A plot to kill the Pope is uncovered and foiled in Sarajevo, just hours before he arrives on a historic visit intended to aid the peace process

10. 1999 - Arkansas Federal Judge Susan Webber Wright finds President Clinton in contempt of court for lying about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky

11. 2000 - The Queen presents the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) with the George Cross, the highest civilian award for bravery

Source: BBC, Wikipedia, historyorb.com, infoplease.com, history.co.uk, brainyhistory.com, on-this-day.com

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