Today in History: April 12

Today in History: April 12

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1204

The Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople.

1606

England adopts the Union Jack as its flag.

1770

Parliament repeals the Townsend Acts.

1782

The British navy wins a major naval engagement against the colonists in the American Revolution at the Battle of Saints, off Dominica.

1811

The first colonists arrive at Cape Disappointment, Washington.

1861

Fort Sumter is shelled by the Confederacy, starting America's Civil War.

1864

Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest captures Fort Pillow, in Tennessee.

1877

The first catcher's mask is used in a baseball game.

1911

Pierre Prier completes the first non-stop London-Paris flight in three hours and 56 minutes.

1916

American cavalrymen and Mexican bandit troops clash at Parral, Mexico.

1927

The British Cabinet comes out in favor of voting rights for women.

1944

The U.S. Twentieth Air Force is activated to begin the strategic bombing of Japan.

1945

President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies at Warm Spring, Georgia. Harry S. Truman becomes president.

1954

Bill Haley records "Rock Around the Clock."

1955

Dr. Jonas Salk's discovery of a polio vaccine is announced.

1961

Soviet Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes first man to orbit the Earth.

1963

Police use dogs and cattle prods on peaceful civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, Alabama.

1966

Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American major league umpire.

1983

Harold Washington is elected the first black mayor of Chicago.