ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ April 2
1865 - Battle of Petersburg, VA (Ft Gregg, Sutherland's Station)
1865 - CSA President Jefferson Davis flees Confederate capital of Richmond, VA
1866 - US President Johnson ends civil war in Ala, Ark, Fla, Ga, Miss, La, NC, SC, Tn & Va
1870 - Victoria Woodhull is 1st woman to be nominated for US president
1872 - George B Brayton patents gasoline powered engine
1876 - Philadelphia A's & Boston Red Caps play 1st NL game, in Phila
1877 - 1st Easter egg roll held on White House lawn
1884 - London prison for debtors closed
1902 - "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles.
1908 – Buddy Ebsen, actor, (Beverly Hillbillies – Barnaby Jones) (d. 2003) is born
1908 - Mills Committee declares baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday
1912 - Titanic undergoes sea trials under its own power
1914 - Alec Guinness, London England, British actor (Bridge on River Kwai) is born
1916 - German troops overtake Bois de Caillette
1917 - Jeannette Rankin becomes 1st women member of US House of Reps
1917 - Pres Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany
1920 - Jack Webb, Santa Monica California, actor (Joe Friday-Dragnet) is born
1921 - Prof Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new theory of relativity
1927 - Billy Pierce, pitcher (Chicago White Sox) seven time all-star, is born
1928 - Rita Gam, Pittsburgh, actress (Distortions, Hannibal, Sierra Baron) is born
1930 - Clarabelle Cow first appears in the Mickey Mouse comic strip.
1930 - 1st NY-Bermuda airplane flight lands in Bermuda
1931 - Teenage girl strikes out Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her name is Virne Beatrice "Jackie" Mitchell.
1932 - Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for kidnapped son
1935 - Mary Hirsch, becomes 1st woman licensed as a horse trainer
1935 - Sir Watson-Watt patents RADAR
1939 - Marvin Gaye, Wash DC, singer (Sexual Healing) is born
1942 - USS Hornet with Jimmy Doolittles B-25 departs from SF
1942 - Glenn Miller and his orchestra record "American Patrol."
1944 - Soviet Army marches into pro-German Romania
1945 - 1st US units reach east coast of Okinawa
1946 - Kurt Winter, rocker (Guess Who) is born
1947 - Emmylou Harris, Birmingham Alabama, country singer (Together Again) is born
1952 - Leon Wilkerson, rocker (Lynard Skynard) is born
1953 - David Robinson, drummer (Cars)
1953 - Debralee Scott, Elizabeth NJ, actress (Cathy-Mary Hartman and Welcome Back Kotter) (d. 2005) is born
1954 - Ron Palillo, Ct, actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter), (d. 2012) is born
Ron and Debralee on "Welcome Back Kotter"
1954 - Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced
1956 - Peter Ustinovs' "Romanoff & Juliet," premieres in Manchester
1956 - Soap operas "As the World Turns" & "Edge of Night" premieres on TV
1958 - Antillean Brewery (Amstel beer) opens
1958 - National Advisory Council on Aeronautics renamed NASA
1961 - Keren Jane Woodward, Bristol England, rock vocalist (Bananarama-Venus) is born
1963 - Explorer 17 attains Earth orbit (254/914 km)
1963 - USSR launches Luna 4; missed Moon by 8,500 km
1964 - The Beach Boys record "I Get Around."
1966 - Soviet Union's Luna 10 becomes 1st spacecraft to orbit Moon
1967 - Steve Winwood leaves the Spencer Davis Group to form Traffic.
1967 - The Beatles finish recording the album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
1967 - Walt Disney's final introduction on his Wonderful World of Color TV series airs
1968 - Beatles form Python Music Ltd
1968 - Senator E Mccarthy wins Democratic primaries in Wisconsin
1969 - Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)
1971 - Sci-fi soap opera "Dark Shadows" concludes an almost 5 year run
1974 - Douglass Dumbrille, actor (Mr Deed Goes to Town), dies at 84
1974 - The Sting, starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman, wins the Oscar for Best Picture.
1975 - Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quang Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.
1976 - Ray Teal, actor (Sheriff Roy Coffee-Bonanza), dies at 74
1977 - Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors," album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
1977 - Stevie Wonder’s tribute to Duke Ellington, "Sir Duke," is released.
1978 - TV show "Dallas" premieres on CBS (as a 5 week mini-series)
1978 - Velcro was 1st put on the market
1980 - Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st teenager to score 50 goals in a season
1987 - "Mikado" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 46 performances
1987 - IBM introduces PS/2 & OS/2
1987 - Buddy Rich, drummer/orchestra leader (Away We Go), dies at 69
1989 - Wrestlemania V at Trump Plaza, Hulk Hogan beats "Macho Man" Savage
1992 - "Hamlet" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances
1992 - John Gotti found guilty in death of Paul Castallanos
1992 - Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) lands
1993 - Roberta Flack appears on the ABC-TV soap opera "Loving."
1995 - NY Police Dept & NY Transit Police merge into one organization
1997 - "Doll's House," opens at Belasco Theater NYC
1997 - Joni Mitchell is reunited with Kilauren Gibb. Gibb is the daughter that Mitchell had given up for adoption 32 years before.
1998 - Rob Pilatus, American model and entertainer (Milli Vanilli) (b. 1965) dies
2005 - James Stewart Jr. becomes first African American to win a major motor sports event.
2005 - Pope John Paul II, Polish Roman Catholic Pope (b. 1920) dies