Today in History – April 2 in History

Today in History – April 2 in History

What happened on this day in history – April 2 in History around the world

1792 The United States authorizes the minting of the $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins as well as the silver dollar, dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime.
1796 Haitian revolt leader Toussaint L’Ouverture takes command of French forces at Santo Domingo.
1801 The British navy defeats the Danish at the Battle of Copenhagen.
1865 Confederate President Jefferson Davis flees Richmond, Virginia as Grant breaks Lee’s line at Petersburg.
1910 Karl Harris perfects the process for the artificial synthesis of rubber.
1914 The U.S. Federal Reserve Board announces plans to divide the country into 12 districts.
1917 President Woodrow Wilson presents a declaration of war against Germany to Congress.
1917 Jeannette Pickering Rankin is sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
1931 Virne “Jackie” Mitchell becomes the first woman to play for an all-male pro baseball team. In an exhibition game against the New York Yankees, she strikes out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
1932 Charles Lindbergh pays over $50,000 ransom for his kidnapped son.
1944 Soviet forces enter Romania, one of Germany’s allied countries.
1958 The National Advisory Council on Aeronautics is renamed NASA.
1963 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King begins the first non-violent campaign in Birmingham, Alabama.
1982 Argentina invades the British-owned Falkland Islands.
Born on April 2
742 Charlemagne, first Holy Roman Emperor.
1725 Giovanni Casanova, Italian adventurer.
1805 Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author of fairy tales.
1834 Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, sculptor.
1840 Emile Zola, French novelist and activist.
1875 Walter P. Chrysler, founder of Chrysler Automobile Company.
1891 Max Ernst, German painter, sculptor and founder of surrealism.
1905 Kurt Adler, American conductor.
1905 Serge Lifar, dancer and opera director.
1914 Alec Guinness, British actor.
1948 Emmylou Harris, American singer.

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