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 - World War I
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Library of Congress

1917: After the sinking of seven U.S. merchant ships by German submarines and the publication of a telegram from Germany's foreign minister inviting Mexico to join World War I as an ally against the United States, President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany. Congress would declare war four days later.


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