on this day

APRIL 2

Daily Trust - - AFRICA -

1912 – The ill-fated RMS Ti­tanic be­gins sea tri­als.

1956 – As the World Turns and The Edge of Night pre­miere on CBS-TV. The two soaps be­come the first day­time dra­mas to de­but in the 30-minute for­mat.

1972 – Ac­tor Char­lie Chap­lin re­turns to the United States for the first time since be­ing la­beled a com­mu­nist dur­ing the Red Scare in the early 1950s.

1975 – Con­struc­tion of the CN Tower is com­pleted in Toronto, On­tario, Canada. It reaches 553.33 me­tres (1,815.4 ft) in height, be­com­ing the world’s tallest free-stand­ing struc­ture.

1980 – United States Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter signs the Crude Oil Wind­fall Prof­its Tax Act in an ef­fort to help the U.S. econ­omy re­bound.

1982 – Falk­lands War: Ar­gentina in­vades the Falk­land Is­lands.

1989 – Soviet leader Mikhail Gor­bachev ar­rives in Ha­vana, Cuba to meet with Fidel Castro in an at­tempt to mend strained re­la­tions.

1992 – In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is con­victed of mur­der and rack­e­teer­ing and is later sen­tenced to life in prison.

1917 – World War I: United States Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wil­son asks the U.S. Congress for a dec­la­ra­tion of war on Ger­many.

1921 – The Au­ton­o­mous Govern­ment of Kho­rasan, a mil­i­tary govern­ment en­com­pass­ing the mod­ern state of Iran, is es­tab­lished.

1930 – Af­ter the mys­te­ri­ous death of Em­press Zewditu, Haile Se­lassie is pro­claimed em­peror of Ethiopia.

Source: www.wikipedia.org

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