On This Day: April 12, 2024

Birthdays

1913 Lionel Hampton, American bandleader

1939 Alan Ayckbourn, Playwright

1941 Bobby Moore, British footballer

1947 David Letterman, American chat show host

1950 David Cassidy, Pop & television star

Events

1606 The Union Jack was adopted as the official flag of England

1861 The American Civil War began between the Union & Confederate states

1945 Franklin D. Roosvelt, the 32nd American President, died

1961 Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person to orbit the Earth

1982 The naval blockade of the Falklands, by the British, began

1983 The British film Gandhi won eight Oscars