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Births for April 02


  • 742 Charlemagne, 1st Holy Roman emperor (800-14)
  • 1602 Maria de Jesus de Agreda, (Maria Coronel), Spanish franciscan
  • 1618 Francesco M Grimaldi, naturalist (light defraction)
  • 1805 Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark, author of 150 fairy tales
  • 1814 Henry Lewis "Old Rock" Benning, Brig General (Confederate Army), died
  • 1826 Philip Dale Roddey, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1897
  • 1833 Thomas Howard Ruger, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 19
  • 1834 Fr‚d‚ric-Auguste Bertholdi, France, Statue of Liberty sculptor
  • 1840 mile Zola, France, novelist (Nana, J'Accuse)
  • 1862 Nicholas Murray Butler, US, Columbia U pres, pacifist (Nobel 1931)
  • 1863 Henry C Van de Velde, Flemish painter/architect (Art Nouveau)
  • 1875 Walter Chrysler, founded car company
  • 1891 Max Ernst, Germany, founded surrealism, painter/sculptor
  • 1894 Rudolph P Cleveringa, lawyer (anti-nazi leader)
  • 1900 Heinrich Besseler, German musicologist
  • 1905 Serge Lifar, Kiev, dancer, choreographer (Paris Op‚ra Ballet)
  • 1908 Buddy Ebsen, Belleville Il, actor (Beverly Hillbillies, Barnaby Jones
  • 1910 Arnie Herber, NFL QB (Green Bay Packers, NY Giants)
  • 1910 Irene Mayer Selznick, producer (Street Car Named Desire)
  • 1910 Joeri German, Russian writer
  • 1911 Charles "Honi" Coles, tap dancer (Tap)
  • 1912 Harry Mills, US, singer (Mills Brothers)
  • 1914 Alec Guinness, British actor (Bridge on River Kwai)
  • 1915 Antony Dornhorst, professor of medicine
  • 1917 Dabbs Greer, Fairview Mo, actor (Gunsmoke, Little House on Prairie)
  • 1917 Lou Monte, NJ, singer (Peppino the Italian Mouse)
  • 1919 Antoon J Hubben, mayor (Maasbree)/Political chairman (KVM)
  • 1919 Ian Hunter, impresario
  • 1920 Jack Webb, Santa Monica Calif, actor (Joe Friday-Dragnet)
  • 1922 Nikolaj G Bassov, Russia, atomic physicist (laser, Nobel 1964)
  • 1923 Hugh Overton, British diplomat
  • 1924 Denis Rooke, CEO (British Gas)
  • 1925 George MacDonald Fraser, poet/author (Flashman at the Charge)
  • 1926 Michael Rizzello, sculpter/coin designer
  • 1927 Billy Pierce, pitcher (Chicago White Sox) seven time all star
  • 1928 Joseph "Cardinal" Bernardin, of Chicago
  • 1928 Rita Gam, Pittsburgh, actress (Distortions, Mohawk)
  • 1928 Serge Gainsbourg, (Ginsburg), Russian/French singer/songwriter
  • 1929 Catherine Gaskin, romantic novelist (Fiona, Coporation Wife)
  • 1929 Frans H J J Andriessen, Dutch 2nd chamber member (KVP/CDA)
  • 1934 Brian Glover, actor (McGuffin)
  • 1934 Christopher France, British permanent secretary (Dept of Health)
  • 1934 Peter Middleton, British permanent secretary (Treasury)
  • 1935 Sharon Acker, Toronto Canada, actress (Della Street-Perry Mason 1973)
  • 1936 Jack Brabham, race car driver
  • 1937 Paul E Kanjorski, (Rep-D-PA, 1985- )
  • 1939 Marvin P Gaye Jr, Wash DC, singer (Sexual Healing)
  • 1940 Penelope Keith, British actress (Norman Conquests, Priest of Love)
  • 1940 Peter Haining, writer/editor (Anatomy of Witchcraft)
  • 1941 Leon Russell, pianist/singer (Carny)
  • 1942 Graham Bright, private sec to British PM
  • 1943 Larry Coryell, Galveston Tx, jazz guitarist (11th House)
  • 1945 Don Sutton, baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • 1945 Linda Hunt, Morristown NJ, actress (Bostonians, Eleni, Silverado)
  • 1945 Lord Skelmersdale, British minister (C)
  • 1946 Kurt Winter, rocker (Guess Who)
  • 1947 Emmylou Harris, Birmingham Alabama, country singer (Together Again)
  • 1948 Joan (Carol) D(ennison) Vinge, US, sci-fi author (2 Hugos, Dune)
  • 1949 Pamela Reed, Tacoma Wash, actress (Grand, Kindergarten Cop)
  • 1949 Paul Gambaccini, British disc jockey
  • 1953 Debralee Scott, Elizabeth NJ, actress (Cathy-Mary Hartman, Angie)
  • 1954 Ron Palillo, Ct, actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter)
  • 1955 Dana Carvey, comedian (Church Lady-SNL)
  • 1959 Brian Goodell, US, 400m/1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1960 Linford Christie, St Andrews Jamaica, 4x100m runner (Oly-silver-1988)
  • 1961 Keren Woodward, rocker (Bananarama-Venus)
  • 1963 Dermot Reeve, British cricketeer
  • 1965 Rodney King, Sacramento Calif, black motorist beaten by LA cops
  • 1975 Deedee Magno, rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why)


Passings for April 02


  • 1118 Boudewijn I, of Bologne/Edessa, 1st crusader/king of Jerusalem, dies
  • 1416 Ferdinand I, the Justified, king of Aragon/Sicily, dies at 52
  • 1657 Ferdinand III, King of Hungarian/Bohemia/German Emperor, dies at 48
  • 1831 Charles Felix, King of Sardina (1821-31), dies at 74
  • 1865 Ambrose P Hill, confederate general, dies at 39
  • 1865 Richard Cobden, founder Anti-Corn-Law League, dies at 60
  • 1872 Samuel F B Morse developer of electric telegraph, dies at 80
  • 1910 Friedrich von Bodelschwingh, German theologist, dies
  • 1928 Theodore Richards, US chemist (atomic weight, Nobel 1914), dies
  • 1941 Paul Teleki, premier Hungary, dies
  • 1945 Maurice Rose, US Gen-maj, dies in battle of Paderborn
  • 1951 Simon Barere, pianist, dies while perfoming at Carnegie Hall
  • 1952 Bernard F Lyot, French astronomer (chronograph, Lyot-filter), dies
  • 1953 Jean Epstein, French director (Vive la Vie), dies at 56
  • 1956 Philippo de Pisis, Italian painter, dies
  • 1961 August Defresne, director (Anno Christi 967), dies
  • 1972 Gil Hodges, NY Mets manager, dies at 57
  • 1974 Douglass Dumbrille, actor (Mr Deed Goes to Town), dies at 84
  • 1974 Georges Pompidou, French president, dies in Paris
  • 1976 Ray Teal, actor (Sheriff Roy Coffee-Bonanza), dies at 74
  • 1979 Carroll D Rosenbloom, LA Rams president, dies at 72
  • 1987 Buddy Rich, drummer/orch leader (Away We Go), dies at 69
  • 1993 Kaus Schenk, ice skater/skating coach/father of Ard, dies at 86


Special events for April 02


  • 999 Gerbert van Aurillac elected as 1st French Pope
  • 1513 Florida discovered, claimed for Spain by Ponce de Le¢n
  • 1550 Jews are expelled from Genoa Italy
  • 1792 Congress establishes Philadelphia mint
  • 1819 1st successful agricultural journal ("American Farmer") begins
  • 1845 H.L. Fizeau & J Leon Foucault take 1st photo of Sun
  • 1860 1st Italian Parliament met at Turin
  • 1863 Bread revolt in Richmond Virginia
  • 1865 Battle of Petersburg, VA (Ft Gregg, Sutherland's Station)
  • 1865 CSA Pres Jefferson Davis flees Confederate capital of Richmond, VA
  • 1866 Pres Johnson ends war in Ala, Ark, Fla, Ga, Miss, La, NC, SC, Tn & Va
  • 1869 R Luther discovers asteroid #108 Hecuba
  • 1876 Philadelphia A's & Boston Red Caps play 1st NL game, in Phila
  • 1877 1st Easter egg roll held on White House lawn
  • 1878 1st issue of Rotterdam's Newspaper
  • 1902 1st motion picture theater opens (LA)
  • 1902 Country singer Wynonna Judd's 1st appearance as a single act
  • 1905 Cairo-Capetown railway opens
  • 1912 Sun Yet Sen forms Guomindang-Party in China
  • 1912 Titanic undergoes sea trials under its own power
  • 1916 Belyavskij disc asteroid #851 Zeissia & #852 Wladilena & #853 Nanseni
  • 1917 Jeannette Rankin becomes 1st women member of US House of Reps
  • 1917 Pres Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany
  • 1926 K Reinmuth discovers asteroid #2500
  • 1926 Riots between Muslims & Hindus in Calcutta
  • 1930 1st NY-Bermuda airplane flight lands in Bermuda
  • 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
  • 1937 Y Vaisala discovers asteroid #1549 Mikko
  • 1941 German occupier disallows Dutch scouting assn
  • 1944 Soviet Army marches into pro-German Romania
  • 1945 1st US units reach east coast of Okinawa
  • 1950 WTAR (now WTKR) TV channel 3 in Norfolk, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced (see 0126)
  • 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
  • 1958 Operations begin at Antillian Brewery (Amstel beer)
  • 1958 Wind speed reaches 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, TX (record)
  • 1960 Cuba buys oil from USSR
  • 1960 KPEC TV channel 56 in Lakewood Center-Tacom, WA (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1963 Explorer 17 attains Earth orbit (254/914 km)
  • 1963 USSR launches Luna 4; missed Moon by 8,500 km
  • 1964 Military coup between Gen Castello Branco & Pres Goulart in Brazil
  • 1964 USSR launches Zond 1 to Venus; no data returned
  • 1966 Soviet Union's Luna 10 becomes 1st spacecraft to orbit Moon
  • 1966 WJET TV channel 24 in Erie, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 Actress Lynn Redgrave marries John Clark
  • 1968 Beatles form Python Music Ltd
  • 1968 Chad creates Union of Central African States
  • 1968 Senator E Mccarthy wins Democratic primaries in Wisconsin
  • 1969 Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)
  • 1970 Meghalaya becomes autonomous state within India's Assam state
  • 1971 Sci-fi soap opera "Dark Shadows" concludes an almost 5 year run
  • 1972 44th Academy Awards presented
  • 1972 Prime Minister Begin visits Cairo
  • 1973 CBS radio begins on hour news 24 hours a day
  • 1973 Ed Kemper stuffs mother's throat in disposal
  • 1973 ITT pleads guilty to asking CIA to affect Chilean pres election
  • 1974 Arganat Comm publishes report concerning Yom Kippur War
  • 1976 N Chernykh discovers asteroids #2190 Coubertin & #2593 Buryatia
  • 1977 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors," album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
  • 1977 Mont Canadiens set NHL record of 34 straight home games without a los
  • 1978 TV show "Dallas" premiers on CBS (as a 5 week mini-series)
  • 1979 Israeli PM Menachem Begin visits Cairo Egypt
  • 1980 Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st teenager to score 50 goals in a season
  • 1981 A Gilmore & P Kilmartin discovers asteroid #3400
  • 1982 Argentina seizes Malvinas (Falklands) Islands
  • 1984 Georgetown beats Houston for NCAA basketball title
  • 1986 4 US passengers killed byy bomb at TWA counter Athens Airport Greece
  • 1986 George Corley Wallace (Gov-D-Ala) announces retirement plans
  • 1986 NCAA adopts 3-point basketball rule
  • 1986 P Jensen discovers asteroid #3459 Bodil
  • 1987 IBM introduces PS/2 & OS/2
  • 1988 Simply Majestic sets horseracing's 1-1/8 mile record at 1:45
  • 1989 Wrestlemania V-Hulk Hogan beats Randy "Macho Man" Savage
  • 1989 Yanks beat Mets 4-0, sweeping 1989 mayor's trophy series in 2 games
  • 1991 Rotterdam Newspaper begins publishing
  • 1992 "Hamlet" opens at Criterion Center on Broadway
  • 1992 Edith Cresson, France's 1st female premier, resigns
  • 1992 John Gotti found guilty in death of Paul Castallanos
  • 1992 Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) lands
  • 1993 1st test flight of Fokker 70 (Amsterdam)
  • 1993 Venezuelian DC-10 crashes at Margarita, killing 10


Songs for date April 02


  • 04/02/48 --- Little White Lies (Haymes, Dick)
  • 04/02/48 --- You Can't Be True, Dear (Vocal) (Griffin, Ken)
  • 04/02/55 --- It's A Sin To Tell A Lie (Smith, Somethin' & The Redheads)
  • 04/02/77 --- Angel In Your Arms (Hot)
  • 04/02/77 --- I'm Your Boogie Man (KC & The Sunshine Band)
  • 04/02/83 --- Solitare (Branigan, Laura)
  • 04/02/88 --- Two Occasions (Deele, The)
  • 04/02/88 --- Naughty Girls (Need Love Too) (Fox, Samantha)
  • 04/02/88 --- Shattered Dreams (Johnny Hates Jazz)
  • 04/02/88 --- Piano In The Dark (Russell, Brenda)
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