On This Day in History, April 02

This date marks World Autism Day. Spend this day by becoming aware of the characteristics of people living with this condition. Also, learn about interesting occurrences of April 2 in history.

Here, take a look!

  • 1902- The first motion picture theatre opened in Los Angeles with the name Electric Theatre.
  • 1910– Karl Harris perfected the process for the artificial synthesis of rubber.
  • 1917– US President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany.
  • 1917– Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Montana) began her term as 1st woman member of US House of Reps.
  • 1930-Ras Tafari Makonnen became the Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia (Ethiopia).
  • 1935-Sir Watson-Watt was granted a patent for RADAR.
  • 1947-The U.N. Security Council voted to appoint the U.S. as trustee for former Japanese-held Pacific Islands.
  • 1958-The National Advisory Council on Aeronautics was renamed NASA.
  • 1967-In Peking, hundreds of thousands demonstrated against Mao foe Liu Shao-chi.
  • 1980-Montreal right wing Guy Lafleur scored twice to become the first player in NHL history to record 6 straight 50-goal seasons, as the Canadians beat the Red Wings, 7-2 at Detroit.
  • 1982-Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain.
  • 1984-John Thompson became the first black coach to lead his team to the NCAA college basketball championship.
  • 1987-The speed limit on U.S. interstate highways was increased to 65 miles per hour in limited areas.
  • 1989-An editorial in the “New York Times” declared that the Cold War was over.
  • 1995-The costliest strike in professional sports history ended when baseball owners agreed to let players play without a contract.
  • 1996-Russia and Belarus signed a treaty that created a political and economic alliance in an effort to reunite the two former Soviet republics.
  • 2002-Israeli troops surrounded the Church of the Nativity. More than 200 Palestinians had taken refuge at the church when Israel invaded Bethlehem.
  • 2013-The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty to regulate the international trade of conventional weapons.
  • 2014-The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that limits on the total amount of money individuals can give political candidates and political action committees were unconstitutional.
  • 2020-Record 6.6 million Americans filed claims for unemployment in last week according to the US Department of Labor, 10 million over 2 weeks.

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