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On April second, 1917, President Wilson asked
Congress to declare war against Germany, saying,
"The world must be made safe for
On this date:
In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon
landed in Florida.
In 1792, Congress
passed the Coinage Act, which authorized
establishment of the US Mint.
storyteller Hans Christian Andersen was born in
In 1860, the first
Italian Parliament met at Turin.
Confederate President Davis and most of his
Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond,
In 1872, Samuel
F.B. Morse, developer of the electric telegraph,
died in New York.
In 1956, the soap
operas "As the World Turns" and
"The Edge of Night" premiered on CBS
In 1974, French
president Georges Pompidou died in Paris.
In 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.)
In 1986, four
American passengers were killed when a bomb
exploded aboard a TWA jetliner en route from Rome
to Athens, Greece.
Ten years ago: In
a conciliatory gesture, the president of
Lithuania invited Kremlin officials to discuss
the republic's secession drive. The University of
Nevada at Las Vegas won the NCAA college
basketball championship, defeating Duke
Five years ago:
Baseball owners accepted the players' union offer
to play without a contract, ending the longest
and costliest strike in the history of
professional sports. Members of the extremist
group Hamas accidentally set off a bomb that tore
through their hideout in the Gaza Strip, killing
One year ago: The
Labor Department reported that the nation's
unemployment rate fell to a 29-year low of
four-point-two percent in March 1999.
"No artist is ahead
of his time. He is his time. It is just that
others are behind the time."
Martha Graham, modern dance pioneer (1894-1991).