Sunday is the 2nd day of April, the 92nd day of the year 2023. They are left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On April 2, 2005, Pope John Paul II died in the Vatican at the age of 84.
In 1892, Congress passed the Coinage Act, which established the US minting authority.
In 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his secretaries fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, because of advancing Union forces.
In 1912, the just-completed RMS Titanic left Belfast for eight hundred sea trials before the start of her ill-fated maiden voyage.
In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, saying “The world must save democracy.” Congress declared war four days later.
In 1982, several thousand soldiers from Argentina contested the Falkland Islands, located in the South Atlantic, from Britain. Britain occupied the islands the following June.
In 1986, four American passengers, including an 8-month-old girl, her mother and grandmother, were killed when a terrorist bomb exploded from a TWA jetliner en route from Rome to Athens, Greece.
In 1992, mob boss John Gotti was convicted of murder and racketeering in New York; afterwards he was brought to life, and died in prison.
In 1995, after a work stoppage lasting nearly eight months, the baseball owners accepted the players’ union offer to play without a contract.
In 2002, Israel took control of Bethlehem; Palestinian gunmen broke into the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, where they shot for 39 days.
In 2003, during the Iraq war, American forces fought in front of the Baghdad skyline.
In 2007, in the first case on climate change, the US Supreme Court, in Massachusetts v. The Environmental Protection Agency ruled 5-4 that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases pollute the air under the Clean Air Act.
In 2020, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide will pass the 1 million mark, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Ten years ago: North Korea said it would restart its long-running plutonium reactor and increase production of nuclear weapons material in what outsiders saw as the latest attempt to extract US concessions, raising fears of war. Pope Francis prayed in front of the tomb of Pope John Paul II on the eighth anniversary of his death. Irish actor Milo O’Shea died at 86 in New York.
Five years ago: Anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who was married to Nelson Mandela for nearly 38 years, died in a Johannesburg hospital at the age of 81. Thousands of Oklahoma teachers began a two-week walkout and descended on the state Capitol to demand education funding. Ethan Couch, who as a 16-year-old drunken driver hit and killed four pedestrians, has been jailed after his trial suggested he was labeled as irresponsible in his educational performance, freed after serving nearly two years in a Texas prison for violating his probation. Villanova beat Michigan to capture its second college basketball championship in three years.
One year later: Ukrainian forces have moved cautiously to retake territory in the country’s northern capital, using ropes to drag the bodies of civilians from the streets in at least one town for fear that Russian forces will set off traps before they leave. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned the Russian population that withdrawing forces would create a “catastrophic” situation for civilians. Retiring head men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski coached the final game, a loss to archrival North Carolina in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament in New Orleans. Patrick Demarchelier, a French-born photographer known for his iconic images of top models and celebrities including Princess Diana, has died at the remarkable age of 78.
Today’s birthdays: Actor Sharon Acker is 88. Actor Dame Penelope Keith is 83. Actor Linda Hunt is 78. Singer Emmylou Harris is 76. Actor Sam Anderson is 76. Social critic and author Camille Paglia is 76. Actor Pamela Reed is 74. Rock. Musician Dave Robinson (Cars) is 74. Country singer Buddy Jewell is 62. Actor Christopher Meloni is 62. Singer Keren Woodward (Bananarama) is 62. Country singer Billy Dean is 61. Actor Clark Gregg is 61. Actor Jana Marie Hupp is Actor Pedro Pascal 48. Actor Adam Rodriguez 48. Actor Michael Fassbender 46. Actor Jaime Ray Newman is 45. Actor Musician Jesse Carmichael (Maroon 5) is 44. Actor Bethany Joy Lenz is 42. Singer Lee Dewyze (TV: “American Idol”) is 37 Country singer Chris Janson is 37. Actor Drew Van Acker is 37. Actor Brigadier Heelan (TV: “Big News”) is 36. Actor Jesse Plemons is 35. Singer Aaron Kelly (TV: “American Idol”) is 30.