April 2

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1792 – Congress passed the Coinage Act to regulate the coins of the United States. The act authorized $10 Eagles, $5 Half Eagles, $2.50 Quarter Eagle gold coins, silver dollars, dollars, quarters, dimes and half-dimes to be minted.

1872 – G.B. Brayton received a patent for the gas-powered streetcar.

1877 – The first Egg Roll was held on the grounds of the White House in Washington, DC.

1889 – Charles Hall patented aluminum.

1902 – “The Electric Theatre”, the first full-time movie theater in the U.S., opened in Los Angeles, CA.

1910 – Karl Harris perfected the process for the artificial synthesis of rubber.

1912 – The ill-fated RMS Titanic began sea trials.

1917 – Jeannette Rankin, first women ever elected to Congress, assumed office.

1917 – President Woodrow Wilson presented a declaration of war against Germany to Congress.

1932 – A $50,000 ransom was paid for the infant son of Charles and Anna Lindbergh. The child was not returned and was found dead the next month.

1935 – Sir Watson-Watt was granted a patent for RADAR.

1956 – Television soap operas “The Edge of Night” and “As the World Turns” debuted on CBS.

1958 – The National Advisory Council on Aeronautics was renamed NASA.

1962 – The City of Walker, MI was incorporated.

1963 – Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began the first nonviolent civil rights campaign in Birmingham, AL.

1964 – Grand Rapids Magazine was founded.

1966 – The first of 850,000 coho salmon were planted into streams emptying into Lake Michigan. Their success has made them the backbone of Michigan open-water sport fishing.

1972 – Burt Reynolds appeared nude in “Cosmopolitan” magazine.

1975 – Construction of the CN Tower was completed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It reached 1,815.4 feet in height, becoming the world’s tallest free-standing structure.

1978 – The television show “Dallas”, the first of the ultrapopular nighttime soaps about wealth and power, premiered on CBS.

1985 – The NCAA Rules Committee adopted the 45-second shot clock for men’s basketball to begin in the 1986 season.

1987 – The speed limit on interstate highways was increased to 65 miles per hour in limited areas.

1988 – U.S. Special Prosecutor James McKay declined to indict Attorney General Edwin Meese for criminal wrongdoing.

1992 – Mob boss John Gotti was convicted in New York, NY of murder and racketeering. He was later sentenced to life in prison.

1995 – The costliest strike in professional sports history ended when baseball owners agreed to let players play without a contract.

2014 – The Supreme Court ruled that limits on the total amount of money individuals can give political candidates and political action committees were unconstitutional.

2014 – A shooting spree occurred at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas. Four people died, including the gunman, with 16 others injured.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Sharon Acker – 83 years old (1935) – Actress (“Point Blank”)

Linda Hunt – 73 years old (1945) – Actress (“Kindergarten Cop”, “Popeye”, TV’s “NCIS: Los Angeles”)

Emmylou Harris – 71 years old (1947) – Singer

Pamela Reed – 69 years old (1949) – Actress (“Kindergarten Cop”, “Jericho”, TV’s “Parks and Recreation”)

Christopher Meloni – 57 years old (1961) – Actor (TV’s “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”, “Oz”, movies “42”, “Man of Steel”, “12 Monkeys”)

Keren Woodward – 57 years old (1961) – Singer (Bananarama)

Billy Dean – 56 years old (1962) – Country singer

Clark Gregg – 56 years old (1962) – Actor (“Iron Man”, “Iron Man 2”, “Thor”, “The Avengers”, TV’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, “The New Adventures of Old Christine”, “The West Wing”, “Will & Grace”)

Roselyn Sánchez – 45 years old (1973) – Actress (TV’s “Without a Trace”, “Devious Maids” movies “Rush Hour 2”, “Boat Trip”, “The Game Plan”, “Act of Valor”)

Adam Rodriguez – 43 years old (1975) – Actor (TV’s “The Night Shift”, “CSI: Miami”, “Ugly Betty”, movies the “Magic Mike” movies, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself”)

Michael Fassbender – 41 years old (1977) – Actor (“Steve Jobs”, “12 Years a Slave”, “The Counselor”, “Promethius”, “Shame”, “XMen: First Class” and “Days of Future Past”, “Ingluorious Basterds”)

Deon Richmond – 40 years old (1978) – Actor (TV’s “Sister, Sister”, “The Cosby Show”)

Jesse Carmichael – 39 years old (1979) – Guitarist (Maroon 5)

Bethany Joy Galeotti – 37 years old (1981) – Actress (TV’s “One Tree Hill”, “Guiding Light”)

Lee DeWyze – 32 years old (1986) – Singer (Winner of TV’s “American Idol: Season 9”)

Jesse Plemons – 30 years old (1988) – Actor (TV’s “Friday Night Lights”, “Breaking Bad”)

 

TODAY IS:

Children’s Book Day

Ferret Day

Love Your Produce Manager Day

Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

World Autism Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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