On this day: April 12

POSTED: 02:42 PM PDT Apr 09, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 11, 2016 

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 - Mad Max
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1979: The movie "Mad Max," starring a then unknown Mel Gibson, premieres in Australia. The movie would go on to a limited run in North America in 1980, earning less than $10 million, but became a big international hit and a cult favorite as the years went on. It also spawned a film series, with the sequels "Mad Max 2" in 1981 and "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" in 1985.


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