Enjoy Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day! Today is Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 the 102nd day of the year with 263 days remaining.
- Sunrise: 6:38am
- Sunset: 7:43pm
...giving us 13 hours and 5 minutes of daylight. 99% of the moon will be visible, rising at 9:17pm
Tides at the Golden Gate
- High: 12:51am/1:41pm
- Low: 7:01am/7:00pm
Special international celebrations today…
- Cosmonaut's Day - Russia
- National Redemption Day - Liberia
- Yuri`s Night - International
- Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
- International Day of Human Space Flight
- International Day for Street Children
- National Bookmobile Day
- National Licorice Day
- Walk on Your Wild Side Day
On this day in…
1096 - Peter the Hermit gathered his army in Cologne.
1204 - The Fourth Crusade sacked Constantinople.
1606 - England adopted the original Union Jack as its flag.
1770 - The British Parliament repealed the Townsend Acts.
1782 - The British navy won its only naval engagement against the colonists in the American Revolution at the Battle of Saints, off Dominica.
1799 - Phineas Pratt patented the comb cutting machine.
1811 - The first colonists arrived at Cape Disappointment, Washington.
1833 - Charles Gaylor patented the fireproof safe.
1861 - Fort Sumter was shelled by Confederacy, starting America's Civil War.
1864 - Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest captured Fort Pillow, in Tennessee and slaughters the black Union troops there.
1877 - A catcher's mask was used in a baseball game for the first time by James Alexander Tyng.
1892 - Voters in Lockport, New York, became the first in the U.S. to use voting machines.
1905 - The Hippodrome opened in New York City.
1911 - Pierre Prier completed the first non-stop London-Paris flight in three hours and 56 minutes.
1916 - American cavalrymen and Mexican bandit troops clashed at Parrel, Mexico.
1927 - The British Cabinet came out in favor of women voting rights.
1934 - F. Scott Fitzgerald novel "Tender Is the Night" was first published.
1938 - The first U.S. law requiring a medical test for a marriage license was enacted in New York.
1944 - The U.S. Twentieth Air Force was activated to begin the strategic bombing of Japan.
1945 - In New York, the organization of the first eye bank, the Eye Bank for Sight Restoration, was announced.
1955 - The University of Michigan Polio Vaccine Evaluation Center announced that the polio vaccine of Dr. Jonas Salk was "safe, effective and potent."
1961 - Soviet Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin became first man to orbit the Earth.
1963 - Police used dogs and cattle prods on peaceful civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, AL.
1969 - Lucy and Snoopy of the comic strip "Peanuts" made the cover of "Saturday Review."
1981 - The space shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL, on its first test flight.
1982 - The British Navy began enforcing a blockade around the Falkland Islands.
1982 - Three CBS employees were shot to death in a New York City parking lot.
1983 - Harold Washington was elected the first black mayor of Chicago.
1984 - Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Challenger made the first satellite repair in orbit by returning the Solar Max satellite to space.
1984 - Israeli troops stormed a bus that had been hijacked the previous evening by four Arab terrorists. All the passengers were rescued and 2 of the hijackers were killed.
1985 - U.S. Senator Jake Garn of Utah became the first senator to fly in space as the shuttle Discovery lifted off from Cape Canaveral, FL.
1985 - In Spain, an explosion in a restaurant near a U.S. base killed 17 people.
1985 - Federal inspectors declared that four animals of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus were not unicorns. They were goats with horns that had been surgically implanted.
1987 - Texaco filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy after it failed to settle a legal dispute with Pennzoil Co.
1988 - Harvard University won a patent for a genetically altered mouse. It was the first patent for a life form.
1988 - The Chinese government named a new array of younger leaders to ensure economic reform.
1989 - In the U.S.S.R, ration cards were issued for the first time since World War II. The ration was prompted by a sugar shortage.
1992 - Disneyland Paris opened in Marne-La-Vallee, France.
1993 - NATO began enforcing a no-fly zone over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
2000 - More than 1,500 anti-drug agents raided four cities in Colombia and arrested 46 members of the "most powerful" heroin ring.
2000 - Robert Cleaves, 71, was convicted of second degree murder and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Cleaves had repeatedly run over Arnold Guerreiro on September 30, 1998 with his car after the two had an argument.
2000 - Israel's High Court ordered the release of eight Lebanese detainees that had been held for years without a trial.
2002 - A first edition version of Beatrix Potter's "Peter Rabbit" sold for $64,780 at Sotheby's. A signed first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" sold for $66,630. A copy of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," signed by J.K. Rowling sold for $16,660. A 250-piece collection of rare works by Charles Dickens sold for $512,650.
2002 - It was announced that the South African version of "Sesame Street" would be introducing a character that was HIV-positive.
Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)...
- Henry Clay 1777 - "The Great Pacificator", U.S. Secretary of State under John Quincy Adams, three time unsuccessful candidate for president of United States. Quote: "I would rather be right than president."
- Lily (Alice) Pons 1895 - Singer, actress
- Sally Rand 1903
- Russ Garcia 1916 - Musician, composer, orchestra leader
- Billy Vaughn (William Richard "Billy" Vaughn) 1919 - Musician, musical director, orchestra leader, baritone singer (The Hilltoppers)
- Ann Miller (Lucille Ann Collier) 1923 - Actress ("Sugar Babies", "Hit the Deck"), dancer
- Ned Miller 1925 - Country singer
- Jane Withers 1926 - Actress ("Bright Eyes")
- Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury) 1930 - Ukulele playing, falsetto singer ("Tiptoe Through the Tulips")
- Montserrat Caballe 1933 - Opera singer
- Charlie (Charles Richard) Lau 1933 - Baseball player
- Judy Lynn 1936 - Country singer, entertainer ("The Judy Lynn Show"), U.S. Champion Yodeler
- Charles Napier 1936 - Actor
- Herbie Hancock 1940 - Jazz/fusion musician, composer
- Woody (Woodrow Thompson) Fryman 1940 - Baseball pitcher
- Frank Bank 1942 - Actor ("Leave it to Beaver")
- Terry (Walter) Harmon 1944 - Baseball player
- John Kay 1944 - Musician (Steppenwolf)
- Ed O'Neill 1946 - Actor ("Married....with Children", "Wayne’s World")
- Tom Clancy 1947 - Author
- Dan Lauria 1947 - Actor ("The Wonder Years", "Stakeout")
- David Letterman 1947 - TV host, comedian ("Late Night With David Letterman")
- Scott Turow 1949 - Author ("Presumed Innocent", "The Burden of Proof")
- David Cassidy 1950 - Singer, actor ("The Partridge Family")
- Reuben Gant 1952 - Football player
- Pat Travers 1954 - Singer
- Andy Garcia 1956 - Actor ("When a Man Loves a Woman", "The Untouchables")
- Herbert Grönemeyer 1956
- Alex Briley 1956 - Singer (The Village People)
- Vince Gill 1957 - Musician, singer (Bluegrass Alliance, Sundance, The Cherry Bombs, Pure Prairie League)
- Suzzanne Douglas 1957 - Actress
- Will Sergeant 1958 - Musician (Echo & the Bunnymen, Elektrafixion)
- Art Alexakis 1962 - Musician (Everclear)
- Deryl Dodd 1964 - Country singer
- Amy Ray 1964 - Singer, musician (Indigo Girls)
- Nicholas Hexum 1970 - Musician (311)
- Shannen Doherty 1971 - Actress ("Beverly Hills 90210", "Little House on the Prairie")
- Nicholas Brendon 1971 - Actress ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")
- Guy Berryman 1978 - Musician (Coldplay), Coldplay Merchandise
- Claire Danes 1979 - Actress ("Little Women", "Law & Order")
- Jennifer Morrison 1979 - Actress ("House M.D.")
- Jelena Dokic 1983 - Tennis player
- Brendon Urie 1987 - Musician ("Panic at the Disco")
- Saoirse Ronan 1994 - Actress ("Atonement," "The 16 Lovely Bones")