Monday, April 2, 2012

2nd of April

Today is the 92nd day of the year, with only 273 days remaining until the new year.

1755 - Commodore William James captures the pirate fortress of Suvarnadurg on the west coast of India.

1792 - The Coinage Act is passed, establishing the United States Mint.

1800 - Ludwig van Beethoven leads the premiere of his First Symphony in Vienna, Austria.

1863 - Known as the Richmond Bread Riot, food shortages incite hundreds of angry women to demand the Confederate government release emergency supplies.

1865 - The Siege of Petersburg is broken, when Union troops capture the trenches around Petersburg, Virginia, forcing Confederate General Robert E. Lee to retreat.

1865 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet flee the Confederate capital of Richmond.

1885 - Cree warriors attack the village of Frog Lake, North-West Territories, Canada, killing nine people.

1902 - Electric Theatre, the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California.

1917 - President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany.

1972 - Actor Charlie Chaplin returns to the United States for the first time since being labeled a communist during the Red Scare in the 1950s.

1980 - President Jimmy Carter signs the Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act in an effort to help the U.S. economy rebound.

1992 - In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering and is later sentenced to life in prison.

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