2nd April

The events happened on 2nd April are :

2005 : Death of Pope John Paul II : The bishop of Rome and the head of the Roman Catholic Church from 1978, Pope John Paul II, who was the first non-Italian pope in 455 years and the first from a Slavic country, died in Vatican City this day in 2005.

1982 : Argentine troops seized the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), precipitating the Falkland Islands War with Britain.

1917 : U.S. President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany.

1914 : British actor Sir Alec Guinness was born.

1865 : In the face of advancing Union forces, Confederate troops evacuated Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War.

1681 : King Charles II of England officially proclaimed the charter he had granted in March to William Penn for the Quaker colony of Pennsylvania in North America.

1513 : Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León, in search of the mythical Fountain of Youth in the Americas, landed on the coast of Florida near the present-day city of St. Augustine.

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