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4/12/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - April 12

Fort Sumter, South Carolina

  • Fort Sumter is a Third System masonry sea fort located in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. The fort is best known as the site upon which the shots that started the American Civil War were fired, at the Battle of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. In 1966, the site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Top photo is from 2009.
  • (Middle Left) The Confederate flag flying over Fort Sumter image is a detail from a stereoscopic photograph taken by Alma A. Pelot on the morning of April 15, 1861.
  • (Middle Right) View of Fort Sumter from the sand bar about 1863. 
  • (Bottom) Photo from a photochrom postcard of Fort Sumter published about 1900 by the Detroit Photographic Company. (Public Domain Photos)

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Today in History in 1776 the Halifax Resolution for Independence was adopted by North Carolina; in 1811 the first U.S. colonists on Pacific coast arrived at Cape Disappointment, Washington; and in 1861  Fort Sumter, S.C. is shelled by Confederacy, starting the Civil War.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1204 - 4th Crusade occupies & plunders Constantinople
  • 1606 - England adopts the Union Flag, replaced in 1801 by current Union Flag/Union Jack
  • 1776 - Halifax resolution for independence adopted by North Carolina
  • 1811 - 1st US colonists on Pacific coast arrive at Cape Disappointment, WA
  • 1861 - Fort Sumter, SC is shelled by Confederacy, starting Civil War
  • 1872 - Jesse James gang robs bank in Columbia, Kentucky
  • 1927 - Gen Chiang Kai-shek begins counter revolution in Shanghai
  • 1945 - Harry Truman sworn in as 33rd U.S. President
  • 1961 - Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes 1st person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1)
  • 1976 - Anne Rice's debut novel "Interview with a Vampire" is published by Knopf.
  • 1980 - US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games
  • 1988 - Sonny Bono elected mayor of Palm Springs Calif

Famous Birthdays

  • 1724 - Lyman Hall, US physician (signed Declaration of Independence)
  • 1777 - Henry Clay, [the Great Compromiser], Hanover County Virginia, US politician
  • 1916 - Beverly Cleary, American writer
  • 1923 - Ann Miller, [Lucille Ann Collier], Cherino, Tex, dancer (On the Town)
  • 1927 - Jane Withers, Ga, actress (All Together Now, Josephine the plumber)
  • 1932 - Tiny Tim [ Herbert Khaury], New York, musician, (d. 1996)
  • 1942 - Frank Bank, Hollywood California, actor (Lumpy-Leave it to Beaver)
  • 1946 - Ed O'Neill, actor (Al Bundy-Married with Children)
  • 1947 - David Letterman, Indianapolis Ind, comedian (Late Night)
  • 1947 - Tom Clancy, Baltmore Maryland, American author
  • 1950 - David Cassidy, singer/actor (Keith-Partridge Family), born in NYC, New York
  • 1971 - Shannen Doherty, actress (Little House, Bev Hills 90210), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1979 - Claire Danes, actress (Angela-My So Called Life, Romeo & Juliet), born in NYC, New York


Famous Weddings

  • 1385 - Duke of Burgundy, John the Fearless, marries Margaret of Bavaria in political double wedding with his sister
  • 1385 - Willem van Oostervant of Bavaria weds Philip the Bold's daughter Marguerite (10)
  • 1583 - William of Orange marries Louise de Coligny
  • 1842 - Sardinia king Victor Emmanuel II (22) weds queen Adelaide of Austria (20) at Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi
  • 1913 - Author Upton Sinclair (34) weds writer Mary Craig (31)
  • 1918 - American Playwright Eugene O'Neill marries second wife novelist Agnes Boulton
  • 1952 - Cambodia king Norodom Sihanouk (29) weds Paule Monique Izzi
  • 1986 - Author Arianna Huffington (35) weds politician Michael Huffington (38)
  • 1996 - Actor and filmmaker Dennis Hopper (60) weds actress Victoria Duffy (29) at Boston's Old South Church
  • 2003 - Prince Laurent of Belgium (39)marries Claire Coombs (29) in Belgium
  • 2014 - Actress Ginnifer Goodwin (35) weds actor Josh Dallas (32) in Los Angeles, California
  • 2014 - Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter (34) weds long term girlfriend Lauren Kitt in Santa Barbara, California

Famous Divorces

  • 1935 - Actress Mary Astor (28) divorces Dr. Franklyn Thorpe after 4 years of marriage
  • 1992 - Actress Lisa Bonet files for divorce from singer Lenny Kravitz

Famous Deaths

  • 1912 - Clara Barton, organizer (American Red Cross), dies at 90
  • 1945 - Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd US President (D) (1933-1945), dies at 63
  • 1981 - Joe Louis, [Brown bomber], US heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49), dies of cardiac arrest at 66
  • 1989 - Sugar Ray Robinson, heavyweight boxing champ, dies at 67 of Alzheimer
  • 1997 - George Wald, scientist, (Nobel Prize, vitamin A in retina) dies at 90

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