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This Day in History for April 2

This Day In History1819 – 1st successful agricultural journal (“American Journal”) first publishes.

1927 – US inventor Joseph Dixon of Salem, Massachusetts, begins manufacturing lead pencils.

1866 – US President Andrew Johnson ends civil war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia.

1877 – 1st Easter egg roll held on White House lawn.

1912 – Titanic undergoes sea trials under its own power.

1917 – Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Montana) begins her term as 1st woman member of US House of Representatives.

1921 – Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new “Theory of Relativity”

1932 – Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for his kidnapped son.

1942 – USS Hornet with Jimmy Doolittles B-25 departs from San Francisco.

1945 – 1st US units reach east coast of Okinawa.

1958 – Wind speed reaches a record 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, Texas.

1968 – Senator Eugene McCarthy wins Democratic primary in Wisconsin.

1978 – Velcro was 1st put on the market.

1986 – George C Wallace (Gov-D-Ala) announces retirement plans.

1989 – WrestleMania V at Trump Plaza, Hulk Hogan beats “Macho Man” Savage.

1992 – Mafia boss John Gotti is found guilty of 5 murders (Paul Castellano, Thomas Bilotti, Robert DiBernardo, Liborio Milito and Louis Dibono), plus conspiracy to murder, loansharking, illegal gambling, obstruction of justice, bribary and tax evasion.

1995 – Sunday NY Times raises price from $2.00 to $2.50.

1996 – Detroit Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder steals 1st base in 1,097th career game.

2006 – Over 60 tornadoes break out, hardest hit is Tennessee with 29 people killed.

2018 – NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament championship game: Villanova defeats Michigan 79-62 in San Antonia, Texas.

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