What Happened on April 2


Historical Events

1645 – Robert Devereux resigns as parliament supreme commander
1827 – US inventor Joseph Dixon of Salem, Massachusetts, begins manufacturing lead pencils
1960 – Cuba buys oil from USSR
1989 – 8th NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Auburn, 76-60; Lady Vols forward Bridgette Gordon MOP
2000 – The Tradition Senior Men’s Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Tom Kite wins his lone Champions Tour major with birdie on 6th playoff hole with Tom Watson and Larry Nelson
2006 – Kraft Nabisco Championship Women’s Golf, Mission Hills CC: Australian Karrie Webb beats Lorena Ochoa of Mexico with a birdie on the 1st playoff hole; earlier eagles same hole to force the playoff

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Famous Birthdays

1798 – August Heinrich Hoffmann, German writer, born in Fallersleben, Electorate of Brunswick -Lüneburg (d. 1874)
1901 – Anis Fuleihan, American composer, born in Kyrenia, Cyprus (d. 1970)
1952 – Will Hoy, English auto racer (British Touring Car C’ship 1991), born in Melbourn, England (d. 2002)
1961 – Christopher Meloni, American actor (Law and Order; Runaway Bride), born in Washington, D.C.
1975 – Deedee Magno Hall, Filipino-American rocker (Party-Rodeo, That’s Why), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
1976 – Rory Sabbatini, South African golfer (US Masters 2007 runner-up, 6 PGA Tour titles, born in Durban, RSA

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Famous Deaths

1787 – Thomas Gage, British general (b. 1719)
1791 – Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau, French revolutionary (influential member of the National Constituent Assembly), dies of natural causes at 42
1924 – Johannes Eugenius Bülow Warming, Danish botanist (plant ecology, environment-organism interactions), dies at 82
1969 – Fortunio Bonanova, Spanish actor and opera singer (My Best Gal, Havana Rose), dies at 74
2000 – Tommaso Buscetta, Sicilian mafioso and pentito (b. 1928)
2003 – Michael Wayne, American film producer (Green Berets, McLintock), son of John Wayne, dies at 68

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