Today in History for 2nd April 2020

Historical Events

1513 – Explorer Juan Ponce de León claims Florida for Spain as the first known European to reach Florida
1902 – “Electric Theatre”, the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California
1942 – LPGA Titleholders Championship Women’s Golf, Augusta CC: Dorothy Kirby retains title by 5 strokes ahead of Eileen Stulb
1980 – Montreal right wing Guy Lafleur scores twice to become the first player in NHL history to record 6 straight 50-goal seasons, as the Canadiens beat the Red Wings, 7-2 at Detroit
1995 – North and Western Colorado begins using new area code 970
2000 – WrestleMania XVI, Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, CA: Triple H beats The Rock, Mick Foley and The Big Show in a 4-way elimination match for the WWF Heavyweight tile

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Famous Birthdays

1602 – Maria de Jesus de Agreda [Maria Coronel], Spanish franciscan, born in Agreda, Spain (d. 1665)
1781 – Bhagwan Swaminarayan, Indian yogi and religious leader, born in Chhapaiya, Uttar Pradesh, India (d. 1830)
1946 – Richard Collinge, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (35 Tests, 116 wickets), born in Wellington, New Zealand
1947 – Emmylou Harris, American country singer (Together Again), born in Birmingham, Alabama
1949 – Joseph “Joe” Vitale, American singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist (Roller Coaster Weekend), born in Canton, Ohio
1953 – Jim Allister, Northern Irish politician, born in Listooder, Crossgar, Northern Ireland

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Famous Deaths

1720 – Joseph Dudley, colonial Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1647)
1872 – Samuel Morse developer of electric telegraph, dies at 80
1892 – Willem J d’Ablaing van Giessenburg, Dutch baron and genealogist, dies at 79
1979 – Carroll Rosenbloom, American businessman and NFL team owner (Baltimore Colts, LA Rams), dies of a heart attack at 72
1995 – Hannes Alfven, physicist (Nobel prize), dies at 86
2013 – Milo O’Shea, Irish character actor (Barbarella, Staircase and Mass Appeal, Romeo and Juliet), dies at 86

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