spotlight Today in history: April 2 Apr 2, 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1912: Titanic 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. AP 1917: Woodrow Wilson In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, saying, "The world must be made safe for democracy." (Congress declared war four days later.) AP 1956: "As the World Turns" In 1956, the soap operas "As the World Turns" and "The Edge of Night" premiered on CBS-TV. AP 1958: Herb Caen In 1958, the term "beatnik" was coined by San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen (cayn) to refer to members of the pre-hippie counterculture; the term was inspired by the "Beat Generation" and by the Soviet launch of its second Sputnik spacecraft. AP 1980: Jimmy Carter In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed into law a windfall profits tax on the oil industry. (The tax was repealed in 1988.) AP 1982: Falkland Islands In 1982, several thousand troops from Argentina seized the disputed Falkland Islands, located in the south Atlantic, from Britain. (Britain seized the islands back the following June.) AP 2002: Bethlehem In 2002, Israel seized control of Bethlehem; Palestinian gunmen forced their way into the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, where they began a 39-day standoff. AP 2005: John Paul II In 2005, Pope John Paul II died in his Vatican apartment at age 84. AP 2010: Barack Obama Ten years ago: President Barack Obama, visiting a factory in Charlotte, North Carolina, hailed a new government report showing the most jobs created in nearly three years, saying, "We are beginning to turn the corner." AP 2010: College Basketball Ten years ago: Ohio State junior swingman Evan Turner was the runaway choice as The Associated Press' college basketball player of the year; Syracuse's Jim Boeheim (BAY'-hym) was the AP's college basketball coach of the year. AP 2015: Dalny Vostok Five years ago: A Russian trawler, the Dalny Vostok, sank in just 15 minutes in icy waters off Russia's Far Eastern coast, killing at least 56 crew members. Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations 2015: Iran Five years ago: Capping a week of difficult negotiations, the United States, Iran and five other world powers said they had agreed on an outline of limits on Iran's nuclear program that would prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief. AP 2015: Kenya Five years ago: Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through a college in northeastern Kenya, killing at least 148 people. AP 2019: Lori Lightfoot One year ago: Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot won the runoff election for Chicago mayor, becoming the first black woman and the first openly gay person to lead the nation’s third-largest city. AP 2019: New Zealand One year ago: Lawmakers in New Zealand voted overwhelmingly in favor of new gun restrictions, including a ban on the types of weapons used by a gunman to kill 50 people at two mosques the previous month. 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