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 - Richard Phillips
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U.S. Navy photo

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.


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