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 - David Letterman
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CBS Television

1947: Talk show host and comedian David Letterman is born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was a fixture on late night television for more than 30 years, hosting both "Late Night with David Letterman" on NBC from 1982 to 1993 and "Late Show with David Letterman on CBS from 1993 to his retirement in 2015.


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