Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and his expedi-tion landed in present-day Florida. (Some historians say thelanding actually occurred the next day,on April 3.)
Congress passed the Coinage Act,which authorizedestablishment of the U.S. Mint.
Ludwig van Beethoven premiered his Symphony No.1 in C major,Op. 21,in Vienna.
the ﬁrst Italian Parliament met at Turin.In 1912,the just-completed RMS Titanic left Belfast to beginits sea trials eight days before the start of its ill-fated maidenvoyage.
President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declarewar against Germany,saying,“The world must be made safefor democracy.”(Congress declared war four days later.)
aviator Charles A. Lindbergh and John F. Condonwent to a cemetery in The Bronx,N.Y.,where Condon turnedover $50,000 to a man in exchange for Lindbergh’s kidnappedson. (The child,who was not returned,was found dead the fol-
lowing month.)In 1942
,Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded “AmericanPatrol”at the RCA Victor studios in Hollywood.
the soap operas “As the World Turns”and “The Edgeof Night”premiered on CBS-TV.
the science-ﬁction ﬁlm “2001:A Space Odyssey,”produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick,had its world pre-miere in Washington,D.C.
French President Georges Pompidou died in Paris.
,several thousand troops from Argentina seized thedisputed Falkland Islands,located in the south Atlantic,fromBritain. (Britain seized the islands back the following June.)
Ten years ago:
During the Iraq War,American forces foughttheir way to within sight of the Baghdad skyline.Actress Rita Gam is 85. Actress Sharon Acker is 78. SingerLeon Russell is 71. Jazz musician Larry Coryell is 70. ActressLinda Hunt is 68. Singer Emmylou Harris is 66. Social critic andauthor Camille Paglia is 66. Rock musician Dave Robinson (TheCars) is 60. Country singer Buddy Jewell is 52. ActorChristopher Meloni is 52. Singer Keren Woodward(Bananarama) is 52. Country singer Billy Dean is 51. Actor Clark Gregg is 51. Actress Jana Marie Hupp is 49. Rock musician GregCamp is 46. Rock musician Tony Fredianelli (Third Eye Blind)is 44. Actress Roselyn Sanchez is 40. Country singer Jill King is38. Actor Jeremy Garrett is 37. Actor Michael Fassbender is 36.
White House tries itshand at April Fools’joke
WASHINGTON — The White House,busy with its annual Easter Egg Roll,also managed to pull off an April Fools’prank.The White House Twitter accountannounced earlier Monday to be on thelookout for a “special video messagefrom the president.”Instead,viewers got a surprise visitorto the press brieﬁng room.The piece began with a shot of thefamiliar lectern regularly used by presssecretary Jay Carney. It was empty asthe presidential entrance march played.Then a small head peeked over the edgeof the stand.“It looks like you were expectingsomebody else.”Indeed. It was Robby Novak,whoplays “Kid President”in a series of pop-ular YouTube videos. “April Fools’on allof you all,”he said.
Freezing weather wipesout German flea circus
BERLIN — An entire troupe of per-forming ﬂeas has fallen victim to thefreezing temperatures currently grippingGermany.Flea circus director Robert Birk sayshe was shocked to ﬁnd all of his 300ﬂeas dead inside their transport boxWednesday morning.The circus immediately scrambled toﬁnd and train a new batch so it could ful-ﬁll its engagements at an open-air fair inthe western town of Mechernich-Kommern.Michael Faber,who organizes the fair,told the Associated Press that an insectexpert at a nearby university was able toprovide 50 ﬂeas in time for the ﬁrst showSunday.Faber says he hopes they’ll “getthrough this without any more fatali-ties.”Birk said it was the ﬁrst time his circushad lost all of its ﬂeas to the cold in onego.
Thicke’s video with nudemodels gets YouTube ban
NEW YORK — Robin Thicke’s newmusic video is too hot for YouTube.A representative for the R&B croonersaid Monday that his unrated video for“Blurred Lines”was banned from thewebsite. The clip features nude modelsprowling around Thicke and rappers T.I.and Pharrell.A rep for YouTube didn’t immediatelyrespond to an email seeking comment.The video is still playing on the musicvideo website Vevo.Thicke’s unrated clip was released lastweek and garnered more than 1 millionviews in days. It became a water coolertopic on the blogs and entertainmentwebsites. The original video wasreleased a week before and has 1.3 mil-lion views.Thicke said in an interview last week that he had sought the approval of hiswife,actress Paula Patton,to shoot withnude models.
Police suspect drug usein San Jose Walmart crash
SAN JOSE — Police said Mondaythey suspect a man was on drugs whenhe rammed his car through the front of aWalmart in California and beganassaulting customers,injuring four peo-ple.Haamid Ade Zaid,33,of Seaside wasbeing held without bail at the SantaClara County Jail for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon,hit andrun,being under the inﬂuence of drugs,and resisting arrest,San Jose policeOfﬁcer Albert Morales said.“In my 18-year career I have neverseen anything like this,”Morales said.“After looking at some of the pictures,it’s amazing he didn’t hit anybody withthe vehicle.”Calls to the store by the AssociatedPress were not immediately returned. Itwas open for business on Monday.Zaid was arrested on Sunday after ared,Oldsmobile Cutlass crashed throughthe San Jose storefront and hit a beerdisplay before stopping near the phar-macy.
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