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Notable Historical Events for April 2nd

1416Alfonso V succeeds his father as king of Aragon

197446th Academy Awards - "The Sting", Glenda Jackson & Jack Lemmon win

18001st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's 1st Symphony in C

1995Wrestlemania XI in Conn-Lawrence Taylor defeats Bam Bam Bigelow

1992John Gotti found guilty of five murders (Paul Castellano, Thomas Bilotti, Robert DiBernardo, Liborio Milito and Louis Dibono), conspiracy to murder Gaetano "Corky" Vastola, loansharking, illegal gambling, obstruction of justice, bribery and tax evasion.

1921Prof Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new Theory of Relativity

1865CSA President Jefferson Davis flees Confederate capital of Richmond, VA

197244th Academy Awards - "French Connection", Gene Hackman & Jane Fonda win

1976A's trade prospective free agents Reggie Jackson & Ken Holtzman, to Orioles for Don Baylor, Mike Torrez & Paul Mitchell

1801Napoleonic Wars: naval Battle of Copenhagen - The British led by Horatio Nelson destroy the Danish fleet.

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Notable Birthdays on April 2nd

1805Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark, author of 150 fairy tales

1914Alec Guinness, London England, British actor (Bridge on River Kwai)

1965Rodney King, Sacramento California, African American motorist beaten by LA cops, (d. 2012)

1725Giacomo Casanova, Venice, Italian writer, adventurer and famous lover

1939Marvin Gaye (Jr), Wash DC, singer (Sexual Healing)

1969Ajay Devgan, New Delhi, Indian actor and bollywood star (Phool Aur Kaante, Zakhm)

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Notable Weddings on April 2nd

1975Actress Jane Curtin (27) weds television producer Patrick Lynch

1939Author Jacqueline Susann (20) weds Irving Mansfield at Har Zion Temple in Philadelphia

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Notable Divorces on April 2nd

1919Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (23) divorces Maxine Gates after 2 years of marriage

1984Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (64) divorces Margaret Trudeau (35) due to irreconcilable differences after 13 years of marriage

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Notable Deaths on April 2nd

1987Buddy Rich, drummer/orchestra leader (Away We Go), dies at 69

1974Georges Pompidou, French President (1969-1974) and Prime Minister (1962-1968), dies in Paris at 62

1872Samuel Morse developer of electric telegraph, dies at 80

2005Pope John Paul II, Polish Roman Catholic Pope (b. 1920)

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