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Notable Historical Events for April 2nd

1969Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)

1979Israeli PM Menachem Begin visits Cairo Egypt/meets pres Sadat

1989Wrestlemania V at Trump Plaza, Hulk Hogan beats "Macho Man" Savage

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

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.

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

1972Tennessee Williams' "Small Craft Warnings" premieres in NYC

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

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

1932Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for kidnapped son

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Notable Birthdays on April 2nd

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

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

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

742Charlemagne, 1st Holy Roman emperor (800-14)

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

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

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Notable Weddings on April 2nd

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

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

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Notable Divorces on April 2nd

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

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

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Notable Deaths on April 2nd

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

1872Samuel Morse developer of electric telegraph, dies at 80

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

1972Gil Hodges, manager (NY Mets), dies of heart attack at 57

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