Today is Sunday, April 2, the 92nd day of 2017. There are 273 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
1917: President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, saying, “The world must be made safe for democracy.” (Congress declared war four days later.)
1792: Congress passed the Coinage Act, which authorized establishment of the U.S. Mint.
1800: Ludwig van Beethoven premiered his Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21, in Vienna.
1865: Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, because of advancing Union forces.
1932: Aviator Charles A. Lindbergh and John F. Condon went to a cemetery in The Bronx, New York, where Condon turned over $50,000 to a man in exchange for Lindbergh’s kidnapped son. (The child, who was not returned, was found dead the following month.)
1942: Glenn Miller and his Orchestra recorded “American Patrol” at the RCA Victor studios in Hollywood.
1956: The soap operas “As the World Turns” and “The Edge of Night” premiered on CBS-TV.
1968: The science-fiction film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, had its world premiere in Washington, D.C.
1974: French President Georges Pompidou, 62, died in Paris.
1982: Several thousand troops from Argentina seized the disputed Falkland Islands, located in the south Atlantic, from Britain. (Britain seized the islands back the following June.)
1986: Four American passengers, including an 8-month-old girl, her mother and grandmother, were killed when a terrorist bomb exploded aboard a TWA jetliner en route from Rome to Athens, Greece.
1992: Mob boss John Gotti was convicted in New York of murder and racketeering; he was later sentenced to life, and died in prison.
2005: Pope John Paul II died in his Vatican apartment at age 84.