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This Day in History for April 12 – Civil War Begins and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1861 – The Civil War begins with Confederate forces firing on Fort Sumter, in the harbor of Charleston, SC (More info)

1945 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies while in office (More info)

1955 – The polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, is declared safe and effective (More info)

1961 – Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space (More info)

1992 – Euro Disneyland, later Disneyland Paris, opens (More info)

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