CMN Almanac

Today is Thursday, April 12th, the 102nd day of the year.  There are 263

days remaining until the end of year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES National Autism Awareness Month

Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock

National Child Abuse Prevention Month, National Humor Month, Lawn

and Garden Month, International Guitar Month, Keep America Beautiful

Month, National Poetry Month, National Pecan Month, Stress Awarness

Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Organize Your Files Week,

Big Wind Day, National Only Child Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Alex Briley

Alex Briley

Herbie Hancock, 78, pianist/composer

Alex Briley, 71, singer (Village People)

Lois Reeves, 70, singer (Martha Reeves & the Vandellas)

Marvin Johnson, 64, boxer

J Alexander, 59, model

Michael Jackson, 49, football player

Ted Ginn Jr., 33, football player

HISTORICAL BIRTHDAYS

Ralph Wiley

Ralph Wiley

Herbert Mills, 102, singer (Mills Brothers) (d. 1989)

Ralph Wiley, 66, journalist (d. 2004)

DEATHS

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1945, President of the United States (b. 1882)

Josephine Baker, 1975, entertainer (b. 1907)

Joe Louis, 1981, boxer (b. 1914)

Sugar Ray Robinson, 1989, boxer (b. 1921)

Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY

1787 – Philadelphia’s Free African Society is formed.

1862 – The Civil War begins with Confederate troops firing on Fort

Sumter, in the harbor of Charlestown, South Carolina.

1869 – North Carolina legislature passes anti-Klan law.

1945 – Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt dies while in office; vice-president

Ray Charles

Ray Charles

Harry Truman is sworn in as the 33rd President.

1961 – Ray Charles wins 4 Grammys at the 3rd Annual Grammy Awards.

1963 – Birmingham police use dogs and cattle prods on peaceful civil

rights demonstrators.

1980 – BCMA, Black Consciousness Movement of Azania forms.

1983 – Harold Washington is elected Chicago’s 1st Black mayor.

Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown

1989 – 3rd annual Soul Train Awards:  Anita Baker and Bobby Brown

win.

1990 – James Brown moves to a work-release center after serving

15 months.

1999 – Pres. Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving

“intentionally false statements” in a sexual harassment civil suit.

HOROSCOPE

Your social gifts and quick mind give you the opportunity for success in numerous fields, so your greatest challenge may be settling on one. You could stick to a traditional career, such as education, business or teaching, but your need for new experiences may lead you to take exciting chances with your career. While you may not reach the national fame of David Letterman, who was also born on April 12th, your innate charm and upbeat give you many followers in media or journalism. With your adventurous personality, you may be drawn to the world of entertainment or television, not unlike Ed O’Neill, another of your celebrity birthday twins.

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