Born on this Day in History: April 12, 1947 - Tom Clancy is an American author, best known for his espionage, military science and techno thrillers. Clancy was working as an insurance broker until he wrote his first novel in 1984, The Hunt for Red October. Ten of Clancy's books have earned No. 1 rankings on the New York Times best-seller list. Over fifty million copies of his books have been printed, and three have been made into movies.
On this Day in History: April 12, 1961 - Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alexeyevich Gargarin is the first man in space, aboard Vostok I.