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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 - League of Nations
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1946: The last meeting of the League of Nations, the precursor of the United Nations, is held. Pictured is the Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the League's headquarters from 1929 until its dissolution.

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