The American Civil War begins, FDR passes away, a Soviet cosmonaut becomes the first human to travel into space, and the first space shuttle lifts off, all on this day.
2009: American cargo ship captain Richard Phillips is rescued from Somali pirates by U.S. Navy snipers who shoot and kill three of the hostage-takers. The last of the four pirates who took Phillips hostage in a lifeboat after briefly seizing the Maersk Alabama on April 8 was aboard the USS Bainbridge negotiating a ransom at the time of the rescue and was taken into custody. Phillips (right) is seen here with with Cmdr. Frank Castellano of the USS Bainbridge after being rescued.