12th April

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1989 Sugar Ray Robinson dies Former middleweight boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson dies aged 67.
1984 Strike - Miners ballot vetoed Arthur Scargill, leader of the miners' union the NUM, will not allow a national ballot to take place on whether to stop the strike.
1981 Space Shuttle Columbia maiden flight The space shuttle Columbia makes its first test flight from Cape Canaveral.
1961 Yuri Gagarin - becomes first man in space The Soviet Union beats the USA in the race to get the first man into space and Yuri Gagarin becomes a national hero.
1945 Franklin D Roosevelt dies President Franklin D Roosevelt dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 63. Vice president Harry Truman is sworn in as president.
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