On this day in history, April 2
1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León first sights land in what is now Florida.
1792 – The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint.
1865 – American Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet flee the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
1902 – "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California.
1912 – The ill-fated RMS Titanic begins sea trials.
1917 – World War I: President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany.
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.
1973 – Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
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.
1986 – Alabama governor George Wallace, a former segregationist most widely known for the "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door", announces that he will not seek a fifth four-year term and will retire from public life upon the end of his term in January 1987.
1992 – In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering and is later sentenced to life in prison.
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