Today in History, English
Today in History, English

37681April 2Event1900 – The United States Congress passes the Foraker Act, giving Puerto Rico limited self-rule.
37682April 2Event1902 – Dmitry Sipyagin, Minister of Interior of the Russian Empire, is assassinated in the Marie Palace, St Petersburg.
37683April 2Event1902 – "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles.
37684April 2Event1911 – The Australian Bureau of Statistics conducts the country's first national census.
37685April 2Event1912 – The ill-fated RMS Titanic begins sea trials.
37686April 2Event1917 – World War I: United States President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany.
37687April 2Event1921 – The Autonomous Government of Khorasan, a military government encompassing the modern state of Iran, is established.
37688April 2Event1930 – After the mysterious death of Empress Zewditu, Haile Selassie is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia.
37689April 2Event1945 – Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Brazil are established.
37690April 2Event1956 – As the World Turns and The Edge of Night premiere on CBS-TV. The two soaps become the first daytime dramas to debut in the 30-minute format.
37691April 2Event1962 – The first official panda crossing is opened outside London Waterloo station.
37692April 2Event1972 – Actor Charlie Chaplin returns to the United States for the first time since being labeled a communist during the Red Scare in the early 1950s.
37693April 2Event1973 – Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
37694April 2Event1973 – The Liberal Movement breaks away from the Liberal and Country League in South Australia.
37695April 2Event1975 – Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from Quảng Ngãi Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.
37696April 2Event1975 – Construction of the CN Tower is completed in Toronto, Canada. It reaches 553.33 metres (1,815.4 ft) in height, becoming the world's tallest free-standing structure.
37697April 2Event1980 – United States President Jimmy Carter signs the Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act in an effort to help the U.S. economy rebound.
37698April 2Event1982 – Falklands War: Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.
37699April 2Event1986 – Alabama governor George Wallace, a former segregationist most widely known for the "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door", announces that he will not seek a fifth four-year term and will retire from public life upon the end of his term in January 1987.
37700April 2Event1989 – Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in Havana, Cuba, to meet with Fidel Castro in an attempt to mend strained relations.
37701April 2Event1991 – Rita Johnston becomes the first female Premier of a Canadian province when she succeeds William Vander Zalm (who had resigned) as Premier of British Columbia.
37702April 2Event1992 – In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering and is later sentenced to life in prison.
37703April 2Event1992 – 42 civilians were massacred in the town of Bijeljina
37704April 2Event1994 – The National Convention of New Sudan of the SPLA/M opens in Chukudum.
37705April 2Event2002 – Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated a siege ensues.
37706April 2Event2004 – Islamist terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks attempt to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid the attack is thwarted.
37707April 2Event2006 – Over 60 tornadoes break out in the United States Tennessee is hardest hit with 29 people killed.
37708April 2Event2012 – A mass shooting at Oikos University at Oakland, California, leaves seven people dead and three injured.
37709April 2Event2014 – A spree shooting occurs at the Fort Hood Army Base near the town of Killeen, Texas, with four people dead, including the gunman, and 16 others sustaining injuries.
37710April 2Event2015 – Gunmen attack Garissa University College in Kenya, killing at least 148 people and wounding 79 others.

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