Today in History: April 2

Today in History: April 2

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1792

The United States authorizes the minting of the $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins as well as the silver dollar, dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime.

1796

Haitian revolt leader Toussaint L'Ouverture takes command of French forces at Santo Domingo.

1801

The British navy defeats the Danish at the Battle of Copenhagen.

1865

Confederate President Jefferson Davis flees Richmond, Virginia as Grant breaks Lee's line at Petersburg.

1910

Karl Harris perfects the process for the artificial synthesis of rubber.

1914

The U.S. Federal Reserve Board announces plans to divide the country into 12 districts.

1917

Jeannette Pickering Rankin is sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.

1917

President Woodrow Wilson presents a declaration of war against Germany to Congress.

1931

Virne "Jackie" Mitchell becomes the first woman to play for an all-male pro baseball team. In an exhibition game against the New York Yankees, she strikes out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

1932

Charles Lindbergh pays over $50,000 ransom for his kidnapped son.

1944

Soviet forces enter Romania, one of Germany's allied countries.

1958

The National Advisory Council on Aeronautics is renamed NASA.

1963

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King begins the first non-violent campaign in Birmingham, Alabama.

1982

Argentina invades the British-owned Falkland Islands.