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1932Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for kidnapped son

1989Wrestlemania V at Trump Plaza, Hulk Hogan beats "Macho Man" Savage

197446th Academy Awards - "The Sting", Glenda Jackson & Jack Lemmon win

1416Alfonso V succeeds his father as king of Aragon

18001st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's 1st Symphony in C

1969Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)

1865CSA President Jefferson Davis flees Confederate capital of Richmond, VA

1801Napoleonic Wars: naval Battle of Copenhagen - The British led by Horatio Nelson destroy the Danish fleet.

1976A's trade prospective free agents Reggie Jackson & Ken Holtzman, to Orioles for Don Baylor, Mike Torrez & Paul Mitchell

1917Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Mont) begins her term as 1st woman member of US House of Reps

197244th Academy Awards - "French Connection", Gene Hackman & Jane Fonda win

1931Teenage girl strikes out Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee

1992John 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.

1921Prof Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new Theory of Relativity

1979Israeli PM Menachem Begin visits Cairo Egypt/meets pres Sadat

1995Wrestlemania XI in Conn-Lawrence Taylor defeats Bam Bam Bigelow

1972Tennessee Williams' "Small Craft Warnings" premieres in NYC

2010Kobe Bryant signs a three-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers worth $87 million

April 2nd Historical Events
Date Event
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. 
1792
The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint and authorizing the $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins & silver dollar, ½ dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime 
1800
1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's 1st Symphony in C 
1801
Napoleonic Wars: naval Battle of Copenhagen - The British led by Horatio Nelson 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 
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 
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 
1916
57 armed New Zealand police invade the remote Ngāi Tūhoe settlement of Maungapōhatu in the Urewera Ranges to arrest the Māori prophet Rua Kēnana 
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 
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 
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 
1968
Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Spacey Odyssey" is released 
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 
1971
Libya concludes 5 weeks of negotiations with Western oil companies in Tripoli 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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. 
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 
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. 
2010
Kobe Bryant signs a three-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers worth $87 million 
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 
2016
FBI assures it will help authorities unlock devices when allowed by law 
2016
Greece passes law allowing migrants' return to Turkey 
2017
Colombia mudslide, flooding kill 254 in midnight deluge 
2017
US-led Coalition strikes against ISIS have killed 229 civilians: Pentagon report 
2017
Mississippi State Ends UConn's 111-Game Winning Streak 
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