This day in history

Friday, April 12, is the 102d day of 2013. There are 263 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Jane Withers is 87. Playwright Alan Ayckbourn is 74. Jazz musician Herbie Hancock is 73. Rock singer John Kay (Steppenwolf) is 69. Actor Ed O’Neill is 67. Author Tom Clancy is 66. Actor Dan Lauria is 66. Talk show host David Letterman is 66. Author Scott Turow is 64. Singer David Cassidy is 63. Singer Pat Travers is 59. Actor Andy Garcia is 57. Country singer Vince Gill is 56. Rock musician Will Sergeant (Echo the Bunnymen) is 55. Rock singer Art Alexakis (Everclear) is 51. Country singer Deryl Dodd is 49. Folk-pop singer Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) is 49. Actress Alicia Coppola is 45. Rock singer Nicholas Hexum (311) is 43. Actress Shannen Doherty is 42. Actress Marley Shelton is 39. Actress Claire Danes is 34. Actress Jennifer Morrison is 34. Rock singer-musician Brendon Urie (Panic at the Disco) is 26.

In 1861, the American Civil War began as Confederate forces opened fire on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.


In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Ga., at age 63.

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In 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to fly in space.

In 1963, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested and jailed in Birmingham, Ala., charged with contempt of court and parading without a permit. (During his time he wrote his ‘‘Letter from Birmingham Jail.”)