On this day: April 12

POSTED: 02:42 PM PDT Apr 09, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 11, 2015 

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 - Hugo Chavez
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2002: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez agrees to step down under pressure from the country's divided military. However, he never formally resigned and was returned to office two days later. He would remain in office until his death on March 5, 2013.


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