On This Day..... April 2

APRIL 2ND

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL FERRET DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • CHARLAMAGNE (742-814)
  • GIACOMO CASANOVA (1725-1798)
  • HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON (1805-1875)
  • WALTER CHRYSLER (1875-1940)
  • SIR ALEC GUINNESS (1914-2000)
  • MARVIN GAYE (1939-1984)
  • CAMILLE PAGLIA (1947, 71)
  • EMMYLOU HARRIS (1947, 71)
  • RODNEY KING (1965-2012)


  • MICHAEL FASSBENDER (1977, 41)
  • MARTIN SHKRELI (1983, 35)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1513, PONCE DE LEON CLAIMS FLORIDA FOR SPAIN
  • IN 1792, THE COINAGE ACT ESTABLISHES THE UNITED STATES MINT
  • IN 1800, LUDWIG VON BEETHOVEN GIVES HIS FIRST PERFORMANCE OF SYMPHONY IN C
  • IN 1827, JOSEPH DIXON OF SALEM, MASS INVENTS THE LEAD PENCIL
  • IN 1865, JEFFERSON DAVIS FLEES THE CONFEDERATE CAPITAL IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA. UNION SOLDIERS ALSO TAKE FORT BLAKELY AND SELMA IN ALABAMA IN THE LAST MAJOR BATTLES OF THE CIVIL WAR.
  • IN 1866, PRESIDENT JOHNSON DECLARES THE CIVIL WAR OVER IN ALL CONFEDERATE STATES EXCEPT TEXAS
  • IN 1877, THE FIRST EASTER EGG ROLL TAKES PLACE AT THE WHITE HOUSE
  • IN 1902, THE “ELECTRIC THEATRE” IS THE FIRST FULL TIME MOVIE THEATRE TO OPEN IN THE UNITES STATES IN LOS ANGELES
  • IN 1917, JEANNETTE RANKIN IS SWORN IN AS THE FIRST FEMALE MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (R-MONTANA)
  • IN 1917, PRESIDENT WILSON ASKS CONGRESS TO DECLARE WAR ON GERMANY
  • IN 1921, ALBERT EINSTEIN GIVES A LECTURE IN NEW YORK CITY ON HIS NEW “THEORY OF RELATIVITY”
  • IN 1932, CHARLES LINGBURGH PAYS A $50,000 RANSOM FOR HIS KIDNAPPED SON
  • IN 1954, WALT DISNEY ANNOUNCES PLANS TO BUILD DISNEYLAND IN CALIFORNIA
  • IN 1956, “AS THE WORLD TURNS” DEBUTS ON TV
  • IN 1964, THE BEATLES HIT #1 WITH “CANT BUY ME LOVE”
  • IN 1964, THE BEACH BOYS RECORD “I GET AROUND”
  • IN 1968, STANLEY KUBRICK RELEASES “2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY”
  • IN 1969, THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS SIGN LEW ALCINDOR (LATER KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR)
  • IN 1971, “DARK SHADOWS” AIRS ITS LAST EPISODE
  • IN 1971, JANIS JOPLIN HITS #1 ON THE ALBUM CHART WITH “PEARL” SEVEN MONTHS AFTER HER DEATH
  • IN 1973, LEXIS NEXUS BEGINS COMPUTERIZED LEGAL RESEARCH
  • IN 1977, FLEETWOOD MAC HITS #1 WITH “RUMORS”. IT STAYS THERE FOR 31 WEEKS
  • IN 1978, CBS PREMIERES A FIVE PART MINI SERIES CALLED “DALLAS” WHICH WOULD GO ON TO BECOME A FULL SERIES
  • IN 1978, VELCRO IS FIRST SOLD
  • IN 1980, WAYNE GRETSKY BECOMES THE FIRST TEENAGER TO SCORE 50 GOALS IN A PROFESSIONAL NHL SEASON
  • IN 1986, GEORGE WALLACE ANNOUNCES HE WILL RETIRE AS GOVERNOR OF ALABAMA
  • IN 1992, JOHN GOTTI IS FOUND GUILTY OF FIVE MURDERS AND A HOST OF OTHER CHARGES IN CONNECTION TO HIS CRIME FAMILY
  • IN 1995, THE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STRIKE COMES TO AN END WITH BOTH SIDES AGREEING TO START THE SEASON ON APRIL 26
  • IN 1998, ROB PILATUS OF MILLI VANILLI IS FOUND DEAD IN HIS HOTEL ROOM AFTER COMMITTING SUICIDE
  • IN 2005, POPE JOHN PAUL II DIES OF HEART FAILURE AT 84
  • IN 2006, GNARLS BARKLEY HITS #1 WITH “CRAZY”
  • IN 2010, KOBE BRYANT SIGNS A THREE YEAR CONTRACT WITH THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS FOR $87 MILLION

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