Saturday, April 2, 2016

Today in History: Saturday, April 02, 2016

AP Highlight in History:
On April 2, 2005, Pope John Paul II, who helped topple communism in Europe and left a deeply conservative stamp on the Roman Catholic Church that he led for 26 years, died in his Vatican apartment at age 84.
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On this date in:
1513Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida.
1805Author Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark.
1860The first Italian Parliament met at Turin.
1865Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va.
1917President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, saying, "The world must be made safe for democracy."
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1968The science-fiction film "2001: A Space Odyssey" had its world premiere in Washington, D.C.
1982Argentina seized the disputed Falkland Islands from Britain.
1992Mob boss John Gotti was convicted in New York of murder and racketeering.
2002Israel seized control of Bethlehem; Palestinian gunmen forced their way into the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, beginning a 39-day standoff.
2007The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are air pollutants under the Clean Air Act.
2009A 19-count federal racketeering indictment was returned against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who denied doing anything illegal.
2011Highly radioactive water leaked into the sea from a crack at Japan's stricken nuclear power plant.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Michael Fassbender turns 39 years old today.
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Leon RussellSinger74
Don SuttonBaseball Hall of Famer71
Chris MeloniActor ("Law and Order: Special Victims Unit")55
Clark GreggActor ("Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.")54
Bill RomanowskiFootball player50
Roselyn SanchezActress ("Without a Trace")43
Lee DewyzeSinger ("American Idol")30
Jesse PlemonsActor ("Friday Night Lights")28
Country singer Emmylou Harris turns 69 years old today.
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