spotlight Today In History, April 12: Martin Luther King Jr. Apr 12, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Friday, April 12.Today's Highlight in History: 1963: Martin Luther King Jr. In 1963, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested and jailed in Birmingham, Alabama, charged with contempt of court and parading without a permit. (During his time behind bars, King wrote his "Letter from Birmingham Jail.") AP 1861: Fort Sumter In 1861, the Civil War began as Confederate forces opened fire on Fort Sumter in South Carolina. AP 1934: F. Scott Fitzgerald In 1934, "Tender Is the Night," by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was first published in book form after being serialized in Scribner's Magazine. AP 1945: Franklin D. Roosevelt On April 12, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia, at age 63; he was succeeded by Vice President Harry S. Truman. AP 1955: Salk vaccine In 1955, the Salk vaccine against polio was declared safe and effective. AP 1961: Yuri Gagarin In 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to fly in space, orbiting the earth once before making a safe landing. AP 1989: Abbie Hoffman In 1989, radical activist Abbie Hoffman was found dead at his home in New Hope, Pennsylvania, at age 52. AP 1989: Sugar Ray Robinson In 1989, former boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson died in Culver City, California, at age 67. AP 2006: Zacarias Moussaoui In 2006, jurors in the Zacarias Moussaoui (zak-uh-REE'-uhs moo-SOW'-ee) trial listened to a recording of shouts and cries in the cockpit as desperate passengers twice charged hijackers during the final half hour of doomed United Flight 93 on 9/11. AP 2009: Angel Cabrera Ten years ago: Angel Cabrera became the first Argentine to win the Masters. AP 2009: Marilyn Chambers Ten years ago: Actress Marilyn Chambers, who'd starred in the 1972 adult film "Behind the Green Door," was found dead at her home in Canyon Country, California, 10 days before her 57th birthday. AP 2009: Richard Phillips Ten years ago: American cargo ship captain Richard Phillips was rescued from Somali pirates by U.S. Navy snipers who shot and killed three of the hostage-takers. AP 2014: Chile Forest Fire Five years ago: Devastating wildfires erupted in the hills of Valparaiso, Chile, killing 15 people and destroying nearly 3,000 homes. AP 2014: International Monetary Fund Five years ago: The policy-setting panel of the 188-nation International Monetary Fund concluded a meeting in Washington by expressing confidence that the global economy finally had turned the corner to stronger growth. AP 2018: Backpage.com One year ago: Carl Ferrer, the chief executive of Backpage.com, which authorities described as an "online brothel," pleaded guilty to California and federal charges including conspiracy and money laundering, and agreed to testify against others at the website. AP 2018: Teacher Protests One year ago: Schoolteachers in Oklahoma ended two weeks of walkouts, shifting their focus to electing pro-education candidates. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments × Post a comment as Emoticons [smile] [beam] [wink] [sad] [cool] [innocent] [rolleyes] [whistling] [lol] [huh] [tongue] [love] [sleeping] [yawn] [unsure] [angry] [blink] [crying] [ohmy] [scared] [sleep] [sneaky] [tongue_smile] [thumbdown] [thumbup] [censored] [happybirthday] [ban] [spam] [offtopic] [batman] [ninja] [pirate] [alien] Comment Text Cancel Post comment × Your comment has been submitted. × Report Cancel Report Abuse ×Reported ×There was a problem reporting this. × Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Watch this discussion Get an email notification whenever someone contributes to the discussion Notifications from this discussion will be disabled. Cancel Start watching Stop watching (0) comments Welcome to the discussion. Log In Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Post a comment Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Recommended More Latest Local Offers Insty-Prints Get your Signs & Displays from Insty-Prints. Leave a BIG Impression. Outdoor Signage, Indoor Signage, Booth, Displays & More. Call Today! (406) 723-3363 Stix & Stonz Carpet Free In-House Interior Design Consultations! Lube Alley We pick up and drop off your vehicle for any vehicle maintenance needs for free!