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April 2 Birthdays

Pronunciation: [shär´lumAn]
[O.Fr.,=Charles the great], 742?–814, emperor of the West (800–814), Carolingian king of the Franks (768–814).

Hans Christian Andersen
writer (1805)

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
sculptor of Statue of Liberty (1834)

Émile Zola
novelist (1840)

Max Ernst
painter (1891)

Alec Guinness
actor (1914)

Georgie Anne Geyer
foreign correspondent (1935 )

Marvin Gaye
singer, songwriter (1939)

April 2 in History


Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida.


Congress authorized the first U.S. mint, in Philadelphia.


Confederate president Jefferson Davis and most of his cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va.


Victoria Claflin Woodhull announced her candidacy for president of the United States.


President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany.


Charles Lindbergh paid a $50,000 ransom for the return of his kidnapped son.


Argentina seized the Falkland Islands from Britain


Pope John Paul II died.

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