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April 2nd History

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April 2nd In Pop Culture History

1513 - Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed near what is now called St. Augustine, Florida and declared the land for Spain.

1792 - The Coinage Act was passed, establishing the United States Mint.

1827 - Lead pencils were began being manufactured by Joseph Dixon, who built his factory in Salem, Massachusetts

1882 - Tombstone reads, "Jesse W. James, Died April 3, 1882, Aged 34 years, 6 months, 28 days, Murdered by a traitor and a coward whose name is not worthy to appear here." Jesse James was shot and killed by frenemy Robert Ford for the reward money. There was a $5,000 bounty on the bank-robber, but they gave Ford $500, and then arrested him.

April 2, 19** Birthday (fictional) Sgt. Joe Friday, Dragnet, TV

1902 - "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opened in Los Angeles.

1917 - The first woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress, Jeannette Rankin, takes her seat as a representative from Montana.

1953 - The journal Nature published a paper with this date from Francis Crick and James Watson, titled Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid, in which they described a double helix structure for DNA.

1956 - As the World Turns and The Edge of Night first aired on the CBS network in the United States, as the first half-hour serial dramas.

1956 - Elvis Presley sang Heartbreak Hotel on the Milton Berle Show, with an estimated 25% of the United States population viewing.

1973 - The first portable cell phone call was placed in New York City.

1973 - Launch of the LexisNexis legal research service.

1978 - Dallas premiered on CBS.

1978 - Velcro, the hook-and-loop fastener patent, expired. Velcro comes from “vel” or velvet and “cro” from the French word crochet which means hook.

1982 - Cat People was released in theaters.

1992 - In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering and is later sentenced to life in prison.

1992 - Pope John Paul II died.

1996 - Suspected 'Unabomber'Theodore Kaczynski was arrested at his Montana cabin.

2004 - Hellboy and Walking Tall debuted in theaters.

2010 - Clash of the Titans was released in theaters (along with The Krakon)

April 2nd
Celebrity Birthdays

Klingon For Dummies:

1st Holy Roman Emperor, Charlemagne (742)
Writer/lover, Giacomo Casanova (1725)
Author, Hans Christian Andersen (1805)
Car company founder, Walter Chrysler (1875)
Actor, Buddy Ebsen (1908, d.2003)
Actor, Alec Guinness (1914, d.2000)
Actor, Dabs Greer (1917)
Musician, Lou Monte (1917)
Actor, Jack Webb (1920, d.1982)
Actress, Gloria Henry (1923)
Actress, Elena Verdugo (1926)
Actress, Rita Gam (1928)
Actor, Brian Glover (1934)
Actress, Sharon Acker (1935)
Musician, Marvin Gaye (1939, d.1984)
Actress, Penelope Keith (1940)
Musician, Leon Russell (1941)
Radio personality, Dr. Demento (1941)
Musician, Glen Dale (1943)
Musician, Larry Coryell (1943)
Actress, Linda Hunt (1945)
Musician, Kurt Winter (1946)
Actor, Sam Anderson (1947)
Musician, Emmylou Harris (1947)
Actress, Pamela Reed (1949)
Musician, Paul Gambaccini (1949)
Musician, Leon Wilkerson (1952)
Musician, Dave Robinson (1953)
Actress, Debralee Scott (1953)
Actor, Ron Palilo (1954)
Musician, Dean Townson (1959)
Comedian, Victoria Jackson (1959)
Musician, Keren Jane Woodward (1961)
Actor, Christopher Meloni (1961)
Musician, Billy Dean (1962)
Actor, Clark Gregg (1962)
African-American motorist beaten by police in L.A., Rodney King (1965)
Musician, Garnet Silk (1966, d.1994)
Musician, Greg Camp (1967)
TV host, Helen Chamberlain (1967)
Actor, Ajay Devgan (1969)
Actress, Roselyn Sanchez (1970)
Musician, Zeebra (1971)
Musician, Chico Silmani (1972)
Musician, Deedee Magno (1975)
Actor, Adam Rodriguez (1975)
Actor, Michael Fassbender (1977)
Actor, Aiden Turner (1977)
Musician, Jesse Carmichael (1979)
Actress, Lindy Booth (1979)
Actress, Bethany Joy Lentz-Galeotti (1981)
Actress, Leyla Milani (1982)
Musician, Yung Joc (1983)
Actress, Meryl Cassie (1984)
Actress, Ashley Peldon (1984)
Musician, Lee Dewyze (1986)
Musician, Aaron Kelly (1993)
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