What Happened on April 2

Significant Events

  • 1453 Mehmed II begins his siege of Constantinople (İstanbul), which falls May 29
  • 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: naval Battle of Copenhagen - The British led by Horatio Nelson destroy the Danish fleet.
  • 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

Famous Weddings

  • 1836 English novelist and social critic Charles Dickens (24) marries Catherine Thomson Hogarth (20)
  • 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
  • 2004 Actress Jill Whelan (38) weds Michael Chaykowsky aboard the Caribbean Princess cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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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