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This Day In History: April 2

Today is the 93rd day of 2008 and the 14th day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1865, Jefferson Davis fled Richmond as Union forces closed in on the Confederate capital. In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany. In 1982, Argentina invaded the British-held Falkland Islands. In 1992, Mafia boss John Gotti was found guilty of murder, racketeering, and other charges by a New York jury.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Hans Christian Andersen (1805-75), writer; Emile Zola (1840-1902), novelist; Max Ernst (1891-1976), artist; Buddy Ebsen (1908-2003), actor; Emmylou Harris (1947- ), singer, is 61; Christopher Meloni (1961- ), actor, is 47.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1931, Jackie Mitchell, a 17-year old female pitcher for the Chattanooga Lookouts, struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition match against the Yankees.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale." - Hans Christian Anderson

TODAY'S FACT: Max Ernst created a new painting technique called frottage in which an object is covered with blank paper and rubbed with black chalk, creating a surreal image.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 3,105 - number of people who lived in the Falkland Islands in 2007.

TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter (March 29) and new moon (April 5).


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