So, what happened today, in history? April 2. Today in 2012, that’s a Monday.
Here’s what we’ve got:
1792 – The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint.
1800 – Ludwig van Beethoven leads the premiere of his First Symphony in Vienna.
1865 – American Civil War: The Siege of Petersburg is broken – Union troops capture the trenches around Petersburg, Virginia, forcing Confederate General Robert E. Lee to retreat.
1865 – American Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet flee the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
1900 – The Congress passes the Foraker Act, giving Puerto Rico limited self-rule.
1902 – “Electric Theatre”, the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California.
1912 – The ill fated RMS Titanic begins sea trials.
1917 – World War I: President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany.
1956 – As the World Turns and The Edge of Night premiere on CBS-TV. The two soaps become the first daytime dramas to debut in the 30-minute format.
1972 – Actor Charlie Chaplin returns to the United States for the first time since being labeled a communist during the Red Scare in the early 1950s.
1973 – Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
1975 – Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quang Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.
1980 – President Jimmy Carter signs the Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act in an effort to help the U.S. economy rebound.
1992 – In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering and is later sentenced to life in prison.
2006 – Over 60 tornadoes break out in the United States; hardest hit is in Tennessee with 29 people killed.
1805 – Hans Christian Andersen, Danish writer (d. 1875)
1914 – Alec Guinness, English actor (d. 2000)
1939 – Marvin Gaye, American singer (The Moonglows) (d. 1984)
1965 – Rodney King, American American victim of police brutality
1872 – Samuel F. B. Morse, American painter and inventor of the telegraph (b. 1791)
2005 – Pope John Paul II (b. 1920)