The Daily News | April 12

William March “Boss” Tweed, New York political boss, died, 1878
Abbie Hoffman died, 1989
Space shuttle “Columbia,” first reusable space craft, launched, 1981
Townsend Acts repealed, 1770
Wind gusts to 231 miles per hour (Mount Washington, New Hampshire), 1934
Discovery (US) launched, 1985
Hewlett-Packard Co. announced its acquisition of Apollo Computer Inc, 1989
Fourth Crusade sacked Constantinople, 1204
Clarissa “Clara” Harlowe Barton, American Red Cross founder, died, 1912
First truancy law enacted (New York), 1853
Union agents captured “The General” (a locomotive) for eight hours, 1862
Alan Paton, South African author, died, 1988
Vostok 1 (USSR), first man in space (Yuri Alexseyevich Gagarin), launched, 1961
First meal prepared in a pressure cooker, 1682
First permanent US colony in the Pacific Northwest established (Ft. Astoria), 1811
Joe Louis, heavyweight boxing champ, died, 1981
North Carolina authorized delegates to vote on US Declaration of Independence, 1776
Last American personnel evacuated from Cambodia, 1975
Confederate troops fired first shots of Civil War (Fort Sumter, South Carolina), 1861
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd US president, died, 1945
First charter to sell life insurance granted (Mutual Life Insurance Co. of New York), 1843
Salk vaccine announced as “safe, potent, and effective”, 1955
Tinkers, Evers, and Chance (famous double play combo) played thier last game together, 1912
Terrence Stanley Fox began his run across Canada for cancer, 1980