What Happened on April 2

Significant Events

  • 1453 Mehmed II begins his siege of Constantinople (İstanbul), which falls May 29
  • 1513 Explorer Juan Ponce de León claims Florida for Spain as the first known European to reach Florida
  • 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
  • 1801 Napoleonic Wars: The British led by Horatio Nelson destroy the Danish fleet in the naval Battle of Copenhagen
  • 1917 US President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany
  • 1930 Ras Tafari Makonnen becomes Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
  • 1982 Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain
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Did You Know?

"Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California

On April 2, 1902

Would You Believe?

The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.

On April 2, 1962

Famous Weddings

  • 1836 English novelist and social critic Charles Dickens (24) marries Catherine Thomson Hogarth (20)
  • 1925 Lawyer Hans Frank (24) weds secretary Brigitte Herbst (29) in Munich, Germany
  • 1939 Author Jacqueline Susann (20) weds Irving Mansfield at Har Zion Temple in Philadelphia
  • 1967 Actress Lynn Redgrave marries John Clark
  • 1975 Actress Jane Curtin (27) weds television producer Patrick Lynch

Famous Divorces

  • 1919 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (23) divorces Maxine Gates after 2 years of marriage
  • 1984 Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (64) divorces Margaret Trudeau (35) due to irreconcilable differences after 13 years of marriage
  • 2010 "Wayne's World" actress Tia Carrere (43) divorces British photojournalist Simon Wakelin due to irreconcilable differences after 7 years of marriage
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