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Notable Historical Events for April 2nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1416Alfonso V succeeds his father as king of Aragon

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Notable Birthdays on April 2nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on April 2nd

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

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

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

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

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

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