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12th April

1777 * Henry Clay, US statesman and orator and a founder of the Republican Party.

1861 American Civil War began when the Confederate Army besieged Fort Sumter in Carolina.

1941 * Bobby Moore, English soccer player who captained England in the World Cup (1966).

1945 President Franklin Roosevelt died.

1950 * David Cassidy, US television actor.

1954 Bill Haley and the Comets recorded the song 'Rock Around the Clock'.

1956 * Andy Garcia, US film actor.

1961 USSR put the first man into space, Yuri Gagarin, in Vostok 1 for a single orbit of Earth.

1975 The US admitted defeat in Cambodia and removed its remaining embassy personnel from the capital, Phnom Penh.

1981 The US space shuttle Columbia was launched from Cape Canaveral.

1984 Arthur Scargill, leader of the British miners' union the NUM, vetoed a national ballot to take place on whether to stop the strike.

1999 Arkansas federal judge Susan Webber Wright found President Clinton in contempt of court for lying about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

2000 The Queen presented the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) with the George Cross, the highest civilian award for bravery.

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