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This Day in History: April 12

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Edward de Vere, 17th earl of Oxford
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1947
Tom Clancy
American author
1947
David Letterman
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1942
Jacob Zuma
president of South Africa
1941
Bobby Moore
British athlete
1940
Herbie Hancock
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