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Sunday 12 April 2020 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Big Wind Day (On April 12, 1934, the staff of the Mount Washington Observatory recorded the highest surface wind ever measured, anywhere on earth. This big wind was officially recorded at 231 miles per hour.)
  • Children's Day in Bolivia
  • Commemoration of first human in space by Yuri Gagarin: - Cosmonautics Day (Russia); - Yuri's Night (International observance)
  • Commemoration of first human in space by Yuri Gagarin: - International Day of Human Space Flight
  • Easter in Western Christianity (Første påskedag in Norway)
  • Halifax Day (North Carolina)
  • National Licorice Day and National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day in USA
  • Walk On Your Wild Side Day (Thomas and Ruth Roy are credited with being the creators of this celebration)

Events

  • 1999 – United States President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving "intentionally false statements" in a civil lawsuit; he is later fined and disbarred.
  • 1981 – The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) takes place: The STS-1 mission.
  • 1961 – The Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space and perform the first manned orbital flight, Vostok 1.
  • 1937 – Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft, at Rugby, England.
  • 1928 – The Bremen, a German Junkers W 33 type aircraft, takes off for the first successful transatlantic aeroplane flight from east to west.
  • 1927 – Shanghai massacre of 1927: Chiang Kai-shek orders the Communist Party of China members executed in Shanghai, ending the First United Front.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: Mobile, Alabama, falls to the Union Army.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Fort Pillow: Confederate forces kill most of the African American soldiers that surrendered at Fort Pillow, Tennessee.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: The Andrews Raid (the Great Locomotive Chase) occurs, starting from Big Shanty, Georgia (now Kennesaw).
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Battle of Fort Sumter. The war begins with Confederate forces firing on Fort Sumter, in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.
  • 1776 – American Revolution: With the Halifax Resolves, the North Carolina Provincial Congress authorizes its Congressional delegation to vote for independence from Britain.

Births

  • 1994 – Saoirse Ronan, American-born Irish actress
  • 1993 – Dorial Green-Beckham, American football player
  • 1991 – Torey Krug, American ice hockey player
  • 1989 – Kaitlyn Weaver, Canadian-American ice dancer
  • 1989 – Miguel Ángel Ponce, American-Mexican footballer
  • 1988 – Jessie James Decker, American singer-songwriter
  • 1987 – Brendon Urie, American singer, songwriter, musician and multi-instrumentalist
  • 1987 – Brooklyn Decker, American model and actress
  • 1986 – Brad Brach, American baseball pitcher
  • 1985 – Brennan Boesch, American baseball player
  • 1979 – Claire Danes, American actress
  • 1979 – Jennifer Morrison, American actress
  • 1978 – Scott Crary, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1976 – Brad Miller, American basketball player
  • 1974 – Marley Shelton, American actress
  • 1973 – Antonio Osuna, Mexican-American baseball player
  • 1973 – J. Scott Campbell, American author and illustrator
  • 1973 – Ryan Kisor, American trumpet player and composer
  • 1972 – Paul Lo Duca, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1971 – Nicholas Brendon, American actor
  • 1971 – Shannen Doherty, American actress, director, and producer
  • 1969 – Michael Jackson, American football player and politician (d. 2017)
  • 1968 – Alicia Coppola, American actress
  • 1966 – Lorenzo White, American football player
  • 1964 – Amy Ray, American folk-rock singer-songwriter, musician, and music producer
  • 1962 – Art Alexakis, American singer-songwriter and musician (Everclear)
  • 1962 – Nobuhiko Takada, Japanese mixed martial artist and wrestler, founded Hustle
  • 1961 – Charles Mann, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1957 – Tama Janowitz, American novelist and short story writer
  • 1957 – Vince Gill, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1956 – Andy Garcia, Cuban-American actor, director, and producer
  • 1952 – Gary Soto, American poet, novelist, and memoirist
  • 1952 – Ralph Wiley, American journalist (d. 2004)
  • 1952 – Reuben Gant, American football player
  • 1951 – Tom Noonan, American actor
  • 1950 – David Cassidy, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1949 – Scott Turow, American lawyer and author
  • 1947 – Alex Briley, American disco singer (Village People)
  • 1947 – Dan Lauria, American actor
  • 1947 – David Letterman, American comedian and talk show host
  • 1947 – Tom Clancy, American historian and author (d. 2013)
  • 1947 – Woody Johnson, American businessman and philanthropist
  • 1946 – Ed O'Neill, American actor and comedian
  • 1940 – Herbie Hancock, American pianist, composer, and bandleader
  • 1940 – Woodie Fryman, American baseball player (d. 2011)
  • 1937 – Dennis Banks, American author and activist
  • 1936 – Charles Napier, American actor (d. 2011)
  • 1932 – Tiny Tim, American singer and ukulele player (d. 1996)
  • 1930 – Manuel Neri, American sculptor and painter
  • 1926 – Jane Withers, American actress
  • 1925 – Evelyn Berezin, American computer scientist and engineer
  • 1925 – Ned Miller, American country music singer and songwriter (d. 2016)
  • 1924 – Curtis Turner, American race car driver (d. 1970)
  • 1923 – Ann Miller, American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2004)
  • 1919 – Billy Vaughn, American musician and bandleader (d. 1991)
  • 1917 – Helen Forrest, American singer and actress (d. 1999)
  • 1916 – Benjamin Libet, American neuropsychologist and academic (d. 2007)
  • 1916 – Beverly Cleary, American author
  • 1916 – Russell Garcia, American-New Zealand composer and conductor (d. 2011)
  • 1914 – Armen Alchian, American economist and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1913 – Keiko Fukuda, Japanese-American martial artist (d. 2013)
  • 1912 – Hound Dog Taylor, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1975)
  • 1908 – Robert Lee Scott, Jr., American pilot and general (d. 2006)
  • 1907 – Felix de Weldon, Austrian-American sculptor, designed the Marine Corps War Memorial (d. 2003)
  • 1901 – Lowell Stockman, American farmer and politician (d. 1962)
  • 1898 – Lily Pons, French-American soprano and actress (d. 1976)
  • 1894 – Dorothy Cumming, Australian-American actress (d. 1983)
  • 1892 – Henry Darger, American writer and artist (d. 1973)
  • 1888 – Dan Ahearn, Irish-American long jumper and police officer (d. 1942)
  • 1887 – Harold Lockwood, American actor and director (d. 1918)
  • 1883 – Imogen Cunningham, American photographer and educator (d. 1976)
  • 1880 – Addie Joss, American baseball player and journalist (d. 1911)
  • 1874 – William B. Bankhead, American lawyer and politician, 47th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1940)
  • 1796 – George N. Briggs, American lawyer and politician, 19th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1861)
  • 1777 – Henry Clay, American lawyer and politician, 9th United States Secretary of State (d. 1852)
  • 1724 – Lyman Hall, American physician, clergyman, and politician, 16th Governor of Georgia (d. 1790)
  • 1484 – Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Italian architect, designed the Apostolic Palace and St. Peter's Basilica (d. 1546)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Charlie Murphy, American actor and comedian (b. 1959)
  • 2016 – Anne Jackson, American actress (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Billy Standridge, American race car driver (b. 1953)
  • 2014 – Hal Smith, American baseball player and coach (b. 1931)
  • 2013 – Brennan Manning, American priest and author (b. 1934)
  • 2013 – Michael France, American screenwriter (b. 1962)
  • 2013 – Robert Byrne, American chess player and author (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – William Y. Thompson, American historian and author (b. 1922)
  • 2012 – Rodgers Grant, American pianist and composer (b. 1935)
  • 2011 – Karim Fakhrawi, Bahraini journalist, co-founded Al-Wasat (b. 1962)
  • 2008 – Cecilia Colledge, English-American figure skater and coach (b. 1920)
  • 2008 – Jerry Zucker, Israeli-American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1949)
  • 2006 – William Sloane Coffin, American minister and activist (b. 1924)
  • 2004 – Moran Campbell, Canadian physician and academic, invented the venturi mask (b. 1925)
  • 2002 – George Shevelov, Ukrainian-American linguist and philologist (b. 1908)
  • 2001 – Harvey Ball, American illustrator, created the smiley (b. 1921)
  • 1999 – Boxcar Willie, American singer-songwriter (b. 1931)
  • 1997 – George Wald, American neurologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1989 – Abbie Hoffman, American activist, co-founded Youth International Party (b. 1936)
  • 1989 – Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (b. 1921)
  • 1984 – Edwin T. Layton, American admiral and cryptanalyst (b. 1903)
  • 1983 – Carl Morton, American baseball player (b. 1944)
  • 1981 – Joe Louis, American boxer and wrestler (b. 1914)
  • 1977 – Philip K. Wrigley, American businessman, co-founded Lincoln Park Gun Club (b. 1894)
  • 1973 – Arthur Freed, American songwriter and producer (b. 1894)
  • 1971 – Ed Lafitte, American baseball player and dentist (b. 1886)
  • 1945 – Franklin D. Roosevelt, American lawyer and politician, 32nd President of the United States (b. 1882)
  • 1933 – Adelbert Ames, American general and politician, 30th Governor of Mississippi (b. 1835)
  • 1912 – Clara Barton, American nurse and humanitarian, founded the American Red Cross (b. 1821)
  • 1879 – Richard Taylor, American general (b. 1826)
  • 1878 – William M. Tweed, American lawyer and politician (b. 1823)
  • 1866 – Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood, English politician, founded Fleetwood (b. 1801)
  • 1850 – Adoniram Judson, American lexicographer and missionary (b. 1788)
  • 1748 – William Kent, English architect, designed Holkham Hall and Chiswick House (b. 1685)
  • 1687 – Ambrose Dixon, English-American soldier (b. 1619)
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