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Poor Gabriel's Almanac -- April 2

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Interesting things that happened April 2nd:

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Birthdays on this date:
  In  742 Charlemagne, first sovereign of the Christian Empire of the West
  In 1805 Hans Christian Andersen, Danish storyteller
  In 1834 Frederic A. Bartholdi, sculptor who created the Statue of Liberty
  In 1875 Walter Chrysler, founded a car company
  In 1908 Buddy Ebsen, actor (Beverly Hillbillies, Barnaby Jones)
  In 1910 Irene Mayer Selznick, film producer
  In 1914 Sir Alec Guiness, thespian (credits-too-numerous-to-mention)
  In 1920 Jack Webb, actor (Dragnet, The D.I.)
  In 1924 Doris Day (in Cincinnatti, Ohio), actor, girl next door
  In 1928 Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Archbishop of Chicago
  In 1935 Sharon Acker
  In 1948 Emmylou Harris (in Alabama), singer
  In 1953 Debralee Scott
  In 1954 Ron Palillo, actor (Welcome Back Kotter)

Events worth noting:
        + International Children's Book Day
  In 1513 Ponce de Leon landed near what is now St Augustine, Fla
  In 1792 Congress establishes coin denominations of United States and
          authorizes U.S. Mint.
  In 1860 First Italian Parliament met at Turin.
  In 1865 Gen. A.P. Hill is killed by a Federal Picket.
        + Lee's line is broken at Petersberg.
        + Conf. Pres Jefferson Davis fled Confederate capital of Richmond, Va.
  In 1866 Pres. Andrew Johnson declares an end to the war in Alabama,
          Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, NC, SC, Tennessee
          and Virginia.
  In 1872 Samuel F.B. Morse, the developer of the electric telegraph, died.
  In 1877 The first Easter Egg Roll is held on the White House lawn --
          Rutherford B. Hayes is president.
  In 1902 First motion picture theater opens (Los Angeles).
  In 1917 Pres. Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany.
        + Jeannette Rankin, the 1st woman elected to US Congress, takes her
          seat in the US Capitol as a representative from Montana.
  In 1932 Lindbergh turned over $50,000 as ransom for kidnapped son.
  In 1935 Sir Robert Watson-Watt, a decendant of James Watt, is granted a
          patent for RADAR.
  In 1956 "As the World Turns" and "The Edge of Night" premiered.
  In 1958 The formation of NASA is proposed, in the wake of failures by the
          Army, Navy, and Air Force to keep up with the Soviet space program.
  In 1959 Selection of 7 Mercury astronauts.
  In 1974 Agranat Commission publishes report concerning the Yom Kippur War.
        + French president Georges Pompidou dies in Paris.
  In 1982 Argentina seized the disputed Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from
        + Prime Minister Begin visits Cairo.
        + TV show "Dallas" premiers.
        + Argentina announces its takeover of the Falkland Islands.
  In 1984 Soyuz T-11 is launched.
  In 1986 George Corley Wallace announces retirement plans.
  In 1992 Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted on 14 counts of conspiracy to
          commit murder and racketeering.

And remember ...
  America's Heartland Development Month
  Cancer Control Month
  Math Education Month
  National Poetry Month

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