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4/2/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - April 2

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Today in History in 1805 author of 150 fairy tales Hans Christian Andersen was born in Denmark, in 1872 Samuel Morse developer of the electric telegraph, died at age 80; and in 1917 U.S. President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1453 - Mehmed II begins his siege of Constantinople (İstanbul), which would fall on 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 - 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 - Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new "Theory of Relativity"
  • 1982 - Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain

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Famous Birthdays

  • 742 - Charlemagne, 1st Holy Roman emperor (800-14)
  • 1725 - Giacomo Casanova, Venice, Italian writer, adventurer and famous lover
  • 1805 - Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark, author of 150 fairy tales
  • 1914 - Alec Guinness, British actor (Bridge on River Kwai), born in London, England
  • 1939 - Marvin Gaye (Jr), Wash DC, singer (Sexual Healing)

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

Famous Deaths

  • 1872 - Samuel Morse developer of electric telegraph, dies at 80
  • 1972 - Gil Hodges, manager (NY Mets), dies of heart attack at 57
  • 1974 - Douglass Dumbrille, actor (Mr Deed Goes to Town), dies at 84
  • 1974 - Georges Pompidou, French President (1969-1974) and Prime Minister (1962-1968), dies in Paris at 62
  • 1987 - Buddy Rich, drummer/orchestra leader (Away We Go), dies at 69
  • 2005 - Pope John Paul II, Polish Roman Catholic Pope, dies of heart failure at 84

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