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On this day: April 12

POSTED: 5:42 PM Apr 09 2013   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Apr 12 2015

The American Civil War begins, FDR dies, a Soviet cosmonaut becomes the first human to travel into space, and the first space shuttle lifts off, all on this day.

OTD April 12 - Fukushima Daiichi
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2011: Japan ranks its nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant at the highest possible severity on an international scale -- the same level as the 1986 Chernobyl disaster -- even as it insisted radiation leaks were declining at its tsunami-crippled nuclear plant.

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