Historical Events on 2nd April

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999 - Gerbert of Aurillac elected as 1st French Pope
1416 - Alfonso V succeeds his father as king of Aragon
1453 - Mehmed II begins his siege of Constantinople (İstanbul), which would fall on May 29.
1513 - Florida discovered, claimed for Spain by Ponce de Leon
1550 - Jews are expelled from Genoa Italy
1559 - England & France sign 1st Treaty of Le Cateau-Cambrésis
1559 - Genoa, Italy, expels Jews
1590 - States-General appoints earl Mauritius, viceroy of Utrecht
1595 - Cornelis de Houtman's ships depart to Asia through Cape of Good Hope
1645 - Robert Devereux resigns as parliament supreme commander
1745 - Austria & Bavaria sign peace
1755 - Commodore William James captures the pirate fortress of Suvarnadurg on west coast of India.
King Alfonso V of AragonKing Alfonso V of Aragon 1792 - US authorizes $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins & silver dollar, ½ dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime
1792 - The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint.
1800 - 1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's 1st Symphony in C
1801 - Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Copenhagen - The British destroy the Danish fleet.
1804 - Forty merchantmen are wrecked when a convoy led by HMS Apollo runs aground off Portugal.
1819 - 1st successful agricultural journal ("American Farmer") begins
French Emperor Napoleon BonaparteFrench Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte 1827 - Joseph Dixon begins manufacturing lead pencils
1845 - H L Fizeau & J Leon Foucault take 1st photo of Sun
1860 - 1st Italian Parliament met at Turin
1863 - Bread revolt in Richmond, Virginia
1864 - Skirmish at Crump's Hill (Piney Woods), Louisiana
1864 - Skirmish at Spoonville/Antoine, Arkansas
1865 - Battle of Petersburg, VA (Ft Gregg, Sutherland's Station)
1865 - CSA President Jefferson Davis flees Confederate capital of Richmond, VA
1865 - Battle of Ft Blakely AL & Selma AL
1866 - US President Johnson ends civil war in Ala, Ark, Fla, Ga, Miss, La, NC, SC, Tn & Va
1870 - Victoria Woodhull is 1st woman to be nominated for US pres
President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson DavisPresident of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis 1872 - George B Brayton patents gasoline powered engine
1876 - Philadelphia A's & Boston Red Caps play 1st NL game, in Phila
1877 - 1st Easter egg roll held on White House lawn
1878 - 1st issue of Rotterdam's Newspaper
1883 - Battle at Bamako: French assault on Fabous arm forces attack
1884 - London prison for debtors closed
1900 - 1st edition of The Volk published (Amsterdam)
1902 - 1st motion picture theater opens (LA)
1902 - Soccer team MVV '02 forms in Maastricht
1902 - Dmitry Sipyagin, Minister of Interior of the Russian Empire, is assassinated by a terrorist in the Marie Palace, St Petersburg.
1902 - "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California.
1905 - Cairo-Capetown railway opens
1906 - South Africa complete a 4-1 series drubbing of England
1908 - Mills Committee declares baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday
1912 - Sun Yet Sen forms Guomindang Party in China
1912 - Titanic undergoes sea trials under its own power
1916 - German troops overtake Bois de Caillette
1st Woman Elected to Congress Jeannette Rankin1st Woman Elected to Congress Jeannette Rankin 1917 - Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Mont) begins her term as 1st woman member of US House of Reps
1917 - US President Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany
1921 - Prof Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new Theory of Relativity
1926 - Riots between Moslems & Hindus in Calcutta
1930 - 1st NY-Bermuda airplane flight lands in Bermuda
1931 - Teenage girl strikes out Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee
1932 - Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for kidnapped son
1935 - Mary Hirsch, becomes 1st woman licensed as a horse trainer
Aviator Charles LindberghAviator Charles Lindbergh 1935 - Sir Robert Watson-Watt patents RADAR
1939 - 6th Golf Masters Championship: Ralph Guldahl wins, shooting a 279
1941 - German occupier disallows Dutch scouting association
1942 - USS Hornet with Jimmy Doolittles B-25 departs from San Francisco
1944 - CPI-leader Palmiro Togliatti returns to Italy
1944 - Dmitri Shostakovitch's 8th Symphony premieres in NY
1944 - Soviet Army marches into pro-German Romania
1945 - 1st US units reach east coast of Okinawa
1945 - Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Brazil are established.
1947 - Carlo Terron's "Il diamente del profeta" premieres in Rome
Aviation Pioneer Jimmy DoolittleAviation Pioneer Jimmy Doolittle 1950 - WTAR (now WTKR) TV channel 3 in Norfolk, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
1953 - Raab forms his 1st government in Austria
1954 - Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced [see Jan 26]
1955 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
1955 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
1955 - Pancho Gonzales retains tennis title by winning a tournament playing under table tennis rules
1956 - Peter Ustinovs' "Romanoff & Juliet" premieres in Manchester
1956 - Soap operas "As the World Turns" & "Edge of Night" premiere on TV
1958 - Antillean Brewery (Amstel beer) opens
1958 - Wind speed reaches 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, TX (record)
1960 - Cuba buys oil from USSR
1960 - KPEC TV channel 56 in Lakewood Center-Tacoma, WA (PBS) 1st broadcast
1962 - The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.
1963 - Explorer 17 attains Earth orbit (254/914 km)
1963 - USSR launches Luna 4; missed Moon by 8,500 km
1964 - Josef Klaus succeeds Alfons Gorbach as chancellor of Austria
1964 - Military coup in Brazil by Gen Castello Branco, Pres Goulart ousted
1964 - USSR launches Zond 1 to Venus; no data returned
1965 - Hochhuths play "Stellvertreter" banned in Italy
1966 - Soviet Union's Luna 10 becomes 1st spacecraft to orbit Moon
1966 - WJET TV channel 24 in Erie, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1967 - Susie Maxwell wins LPGA Louise Suggs Golf Invitational
1968 - Beatles form Python Music Ltd
1968 - Chad creates Union of Central African States
1968 - Senator E Mccarthy wins Democratic primaries in Wisconsin
1969 - Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)
1970 - Meghalaya becomes autonomous state within India's Assam state
1970 - Qatar gains independence from Britain
1970 - 2 men begin ascent of south face of Annapurna I, highest final stage in a wall climb in world
1971 - Sci-fi soap opera "Dark Shadows" concludes an almost 5 year run
Actress Jane FondaActress Jane Fonda 1972 - 44th Academy Awards - "French Connection", Gene Hackman & Jane Fonda win
1972 - Prime Minister Begin visits Cairo
1972 - Tennessee Williams' "Small Craft Warnings" premieres in NYC
1973 - CBS radio begins on hour news 24 hours a day
1973 - ITT admits to asking CIA to influence Chilean presidential election
1973 - Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
1974 - 46th Academy Awards - "The Sting", Glenda Jackson & Jack Lemmon win
1974 - Arganat Comm publishes report concerning Yom Kippur War
Actor Jack LemmonActor Jack Lemmon 1974 - Tony Greig takes 8-86 v WI Port-of-Spain (later 5-70 in 2nd inn)
1975 - Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quang Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.
1976 - Cambodia Khieu Sampan succeeds Prince Sihanouk as Premier
1976 - Portuguese constitution assumed
1976 - A's trade prospective free agents Reggie Jackson & Ken Holtzman, to Orioles for Don Baylor, Mike Torrez & Paul Mitchell
1977 - Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
MLB Right Fielder Reggie JacksonMLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson 1977 - Mont Canadiens set NHL record of 34 straight home games without a lose
1978 - 7th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
1978 - Basil Williams scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, v Aust Georgetown
1978 - TV show "Dallas" premieres on CBS (as a 5 week mini-series)
1978 - Velcro was 1st put on the market
1979 - Israeli PM Menachem Begin visits Cairo Egypt/meets pres Sadat
1980 - Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st teenager to score 50 goals in a season
1981 - Belgium's 4th government of Martens resigns
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem BeginIsraeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin 1981 - Heavy battle between Christian militia & Syrian army in East Lebanon
1982 - Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain
1982 - In exhibition game A's pitcher Steve McCatty comes to bat using a 15" toy bat (under Billy Martins orders), protesting disallowing of DH
1984 - 46th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: Georgetown beats Houston 84-75
1985 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1986 - 4 US passengers killed by bomb at TWA counter Athens Airport Greece
1986 - George Corley Wallace (Gov-D-Ala) announces retirement plans
1986 - NCAA adopts 3-point basketball rule (19 feet 9 inch distance)
1987 - "Mikado" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 46 performances
1987 - Doc Gooden undergoes cocaine rehabilitation
1987 - IBM introduces PS/2 & OS/2
1988 - Simply Majestic sets horse racing's 1-1/8 mile record at 1:45
1988 - Test Cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, WI v Pakistan, Georgetown
1989 - 18th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Juli Inkster
1989 - 8th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Auburn 76-60
WWF Wrestler Hulk HoganWWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan 1989 - Wrestlemania V at Trump Plaza, Hulk Hogan beats "Macho Man" Savage
1989 - Yanks beat Mets 4-0, sweeping 1989 mayor's trophy series in 2 games
1990 - 52nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Nevada-LV beats Duke 103-73
1991 - Rotterdam Daily Newspaper begins publishing
1992 - "Hamlet" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances
1992 - Edith Cresson, France's 1st female premier, resigns
1992 - John Gotti found guilty of five murders (Paul Castellano, Thomas Bilotti, Robert DiBernardo, Liborio Milito and Louis Dibono), conspiracy to murder Gaetano "Corky" Vastola, loansharking, illegal gambling, obstruction of justice, bribery and tax evasion.
Gangster John GottiGangster John Gotti 1992 - Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) lands
1993 - 1st test flight of Fokker 70 (Amsterdam)
1993 - Venezuelan DC-10 crashes at Margarita, killing 10
1994 - 1st exhibition game played at Jacobs Field, Pirates beat Indians, 6-4
1995 - 14th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: U of Ct Huskies beats TN 70-64
1995 - 7th Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus
1995 - Baseball season opener delayed until April 26
1995 - NY Police Dept & NY Transit Police merge into one organization
1995 - North & Western Colorado begins using new area code 970
1995 - Owners accept baseball players proposal, agree to start season 4/26
1995 - Sunday NY Times raises price from $2.00 to $2.50
Hall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence TaylorHall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence Taylor 1995 - Wrestlemania XI in Conn-Lawrence Taylor defeats Bam Bam Bigelow
1996 - Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder steals 1st base in 1,097th career game
1996 - Sri Lanka 9-349 in 50 overs beat Pakistan 315 all out, Singapore Jayasuriya hits ton in 48 balls, world ODI record at Singapore
1997 - "Doll's House" opens at Belasco Theater NYC
1998 - World Mens Figure Skating Championship in Minn
2000 - 19th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: at Corel State Spectrum
2001 - 63rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: at Metrodome Minneapolis
2002 - Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated. A siege ensues.
2004 - Islamist terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks attempt to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid. Their attack is thwarted.
2005 - James Stewart Jr. becomes first African American to win a major motor sports event.
2006 - Over 60 tornadoes break out, hardest hit is Tennessee with 29 people killed.
2012 - Oikos University, Oakland shooting kills seven people and injures 3
2013 - 9 mutilated bodies are found in an SUV in Tamaulipas, Mexico
2013 - 7 people are killed in an attack on a power plant in Peshawar, Pakistan
2013 - Eurozone unemployment reaches a high of 12%
2013 - 13 children are killed in a fire in a mosque in Yangon, Burma
2013 - 13 people are killed in a quarry accident, in Arusha, Tanzania
2013 - 4 more critical cases of bird flu (H7N9) are reported in China
2013 - The UN General Assembly approves the first Arms Trade Treaty
2013 - Uruguay passes legislation to legalize same-sex marriage

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