On this day: April 2

POSTED: 08:46 AM PDT Mar 29, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 01, 2014 

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 - Juan Ponce de León
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1513: Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sights Florida, which he believes is an island. He named it La Florida because of the lush landscape and because it was the Easter season, which the Spaniards called Pascua Florida (Festival of Flowers). The following day he and his crew came ashore to seek information and take possession of this new land.

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