This day in history

Tuesday, April 2, is the 92nd day of 2013. There are 273 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Singer Leon Russell is 71. Jazz musician Larry Coryell is 70. Actress Linda Hunt is 68. Singer Emmylou Harris is 66. Social critic and author Camille Paglia is 66. Rock musician Dave Robinson (the Cars) is 60.

In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in present-day Florida. (Some historians say the landing occurred the next day, April 3.)


In 1800, Ludwig van Beethoven premiered his Symphony No. 1 in C major (Op. 21), in Vienna.

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In 1912, the just-completed RMS Titanic left Belfast to begin its sea trials eight days before the start of its ill-fated maiden voyage.

In 1956, the soap operas ‘‘As the World Turns’’ and ‘‘The Edge of Night’’ premiered on CBS-TV.

In 1968, the science-fiction film ‘‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’’ produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, had its world premiere in Washington, D.C.

In 1982, several thousand troops from Argentina seized the disputed Falkland Islands, in the South Atlantic, from Britain. (Britain seized the islands back the following June.)


In 2003, US forces fought their way to within sight of the Baghdad skyline in the Iraq war.