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2nd April


1513 Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida.

1792 The US Mint was established in Philadelphia.

1805 * Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author of fairy stories such as 'The Ugly Duckling'.

1860 The first parliament in Italy met at Turin.

1914 * Sir Alec Guiness, English actor who won an Oscar for Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).

1917 President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany.

1932 Charles Lindbergh paid a $50,000 ransom for the return of his kidnapped son.

1939 The Spanish Civil War was officially ended.

1939 * Marvin Gaye, US singer from the Tamla-Motown stable.

1940 * Penelope Keith, English actress who starred in the TV series To the Manor Born.

1962 The first "Panda" pedestrian crossing was officially opened in London by the Minister of Transport, Mr Ernest Marples.

1977 Red Rum has galloped into racing history by winning the Grand National for a record third time.

1982 Argentinean forces invaded the British territory of the Falkland Islands in the south Atlantic.

1998 Former French cabinet minister Maurice Papon has been found guilty of war crimes for his part in deporting Jews from France during World War II.


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