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 - Fort Pillow Massacre
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1864: In what became known as the Fort Pillow Massacre, Confederate forces under the command of Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest kill most of the black soldiers who had surrendered at Fort Pillow, Tennessee.

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