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This Day in History for April 2 – Pope John Paul II Dies and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León first sights land in what is now Florida (More info)

1917 – President Woodrow Wilson asks the US Congress for a declaration of war on Germany (More info)

1972 – Actor Charlie Chaplin returns to the United States for the first time since being labeled a communist during the Red Scare in the early 1950s (More info)

1992 – Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering (More info)

2005 – Pope John Paul II dies (More info)

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