Today in history 4/12/2017

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4/12/2017:

Today in history, The Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople in 1204.

Today in history, England adopts the Union Jack as its flag in 1606.

Today in history, The British navy wins its only naval engagement against the colonists in the American Revolution at the Battle of Saints, off Dominica in 1782.

Today in history, The Civil war erupts as Confederate forces fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina in 1861.

Today in history, The first catcher’s mask is used in a baseball game in 1877.

Today in history, Pierre Prier completes the first non-stop London-Paris flight in three hours and 56 minutes in 1911.

Today in history,  The British Cabinet comes out in favor of voting rights for women in 1927.

Today in history, Bill Haley records “Rock Around the Clock” in 1954.

Today in history, Dr. Jonas Salk’s discovery of a polio vaccine is announced in 1955.

Today in history, Emmett Ashford (see picture below) becomes the first African-American major league umpire in 1966.

Today in history, Harold Washington (see picture below) is elected the first black mayor of Chicago in 1983.

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