April 2

1513

Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida.

1792

Congress authorized the first U.S. mint, in Philadelphia.

1865

Confederate president Jefferson Davis and most of his cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va.

1870

Victoria Claflin Woodhull announced her candidacy for president of the United States.

1917

President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany.

1932

Charles Lindbergh paid a $50,000 ransom for the return of his kidnapped son.

1982

Argentina seized the Falkland Islands from Britain

2005

Pope John Paul II died.

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