On This Day: April 2nd

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

April 2nd:

1917- US President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany

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

1513- Explorer Juan Ponce de León claims Florida for Spain as the first known European to reach Florida

1827- US inventor Joseph Dixon of Salem, Massachusetts, begins manufacturing lead pencils

1845- H L Fizeau & Leon Foucault take 1st photo of the Sun

1865- Confederate President Jefferson Davis flees Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia (US Civil War)

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

1884- London prison for debtors closed

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

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

1931- 17-year old girl Jackie Mitchell strikes out New York Yankees stars Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition baseball game at Engel Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee

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

My source and more facts at On This Day

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