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Notable Historical Events for April 2nd

1917Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Mont) begins her term as 1st woman member of US House of Reps

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.

1931Teenage girl strikes out Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee

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

2010Kobe Bryant signs a three-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers worth $87 million

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Birthdays on April 2nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on April 2nd

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

1836English novelist and social critic Charles Dickens (24) marries Catherine Thomson Hogarth (20)

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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

1872Samuel Morse developer of electric telegraph, dies at 80

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

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

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