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:
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
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
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
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
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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