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 - Sugar Ray Robinson
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1989: Sugar Ray Robinson, often hailed as the greatest boxer of all time, dies from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 67 in Culver City, California. Robinson, whose birth name was Walker Smith Jr., held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951, and also won the world middleweight title in 1951. He retired in 1952 following a loss while attempting to win the world light heavyweight title, but returned in 1955, eventually recapturing the middleweight title. He lost and reclaimed that title two more times over the following three years. He retired for good in 1965 with a career record of 173–19–6.


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