April 12 in History
1826April 12, 1826:
Romantic English opera titled "Oberon" is first played in London. The libretto is based on the poem titled “Oberon” which was written by German poet, Christoph Martin Wieland.
1887April 12, 1887: The city of Oslo hosts the premiering of the play titled "Rosmersholm". It was written by Henrik Ibsen and features the likes of Johannes Rosmer and Ulrik Brendel
1905April 12, 1905:
The Hippodrome Theatre in New York City opens. The 5,300 capacity arena was designed by Jay Herbert Morgan and Frederic Thompson.
1932April 12, 1932:
"Grand Hotel", a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production, shows for the first time. It features actors like Wallace Beery, John Barrymore and Greta Garbo.
1944April 12, 1944:
New York City hosts the first showing of Lillian Hellman's play titled "Searching Wind".
1945April 12, 1945:
Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States, dies. He was sworn into office in 1933 and became the country’s 32nd President.
1955April 12, 1955:
The United States Food and Drug Administration approves the new Polio vaccine after it was tested by Jonas Salk.
1961April 12, 1961:
American singer, Ray Charles, emerges the big winner at the Grammy Awards, taking home four awards including “Best Vocal Performance Single Record or Track, Male” for his work "Georgia on My Mind".
- April 12, 1961:
Russian Yuri Gagarin becomes first cosmonaut to complete an orbit of the Earth. He achieved this feat with a spaceflight known as Vostok 1.
1989April 12, 1989:
American country singer, Garth Brooks releases his eponymous maiden album through the major record label known as Capitol Nashville. The album includes songs like "Not Counting You" and "If Tomorrow Never Comes".