Chuck's history lesson: April 12 - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Chuck's history lesson: April 12

(WTVM) - Each of the events below occurred on the same day of the month, April 12.

1861: Civil War begins as naval forces of Confederacy fire on Union troops at Fort Sumter, South Carolina.

1945: President Franklin Roosevelt dies in Warm Springs, Georgia at age 63.

1957: Singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Vince Gill is born in Norman, Oklahoma.

1961: Ray Charles wins four Grammy awards, including Best Male Vocal for "Georgia on My Mind."

1961: Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin circles Earth aboard spacecraft Vostok, becoming first human in outer space.

1966: Atlanta Fulton County Stadium opens with a Braves loss. Atlanta falls to Pittsburgh 3-2.

1981: NASA's space shuttle program begins with the launch of Columbia at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

1987: Columbus golfer Larry Mize wins the 51st Masters Championship with a miraculous 140 foot chip shot on the second hole of a playoff.

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