On this day: April 2

POSTED: 08:46 AM PDT Mar 29, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 01, 2016 

Elvis heads north of the border, 10-year-old Tatum O'Neal strikes Oscar gold, Velcro hits the market, the MLB finds labor peace, and Pope John Paul II dies, all on this day.

OTD April 2 - Pope John Paul II
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2005: Pope John Paul II, one of the most influential leaders of the 20th and early 21st centuries, dies of heart failure at the age of 84 at the Vatican City. The pope, who was born Karol Józef Wojtyla on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland, had suffered from Parkinson's disease for years and his death was the culmination of a series of medical setbacks going back to early February 2005 with influenza that left him hospitalized.


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