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On this day: April 12

POSTED: 02:42 PM PDT Apr 09, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 11, 2013 

The American Civil War begins, FDR dies, a Soviet cosmonaut becomes the first human to travel into space, and the first space shuttle lifts off, all on this day.

OTD April 12 - Abbie Hoffman
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1989: Activist Abbie Hoffman, who co-founded the Youth International Party (aka the "Yippies") in the 1960s, commits suicide at the age of 52 in Solebury Township, Pa., by swallowing 150 phenobarbital tablets along with hard liquor. Hoffman is also known as a member of the "Chicago Seven," a group of protestors arrested and tried for conspiracy and inciting to riot during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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