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 - Fort Sumter
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Library of Congress

1861: The American Civil War begins with Confederate forces firing on Fort Sumter, in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. The Confederate siege came after South Carolina demanded that the U.S. Army abandon the fort due to the secession of the state and six other Southern states since December 1860.


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