Today is Friday, April 2, the 92nd day of 2021. There are 273 days left in the year.

Today in history

On April 2, 1792, Congress passed the Coinage Act, which authorized establishment of the U.S. Mint.

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In 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va., because of advancing Union forces.

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.)

In 1932, aviator Charles A. Lindbergh and John F. Condon went to a cemetery in The Bronx, N.Y., where Condon turned over $50,000 to a man in exchange for Lindbergh’s kidnapped son. (The child, who was not returned, was found dead the following month.)

In 1968, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the groundbreaking science-fiction film epic produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, had its world premiere in Washington, D.C.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed into law a windfall profits tax on the oil industry. (The tax was repealed in 1988.)

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.)

Fun fact

Prairie dogs greet each other with what looks like a kiss, but they’re really touching their front teeth

Fitness factoids

1. Keeping your room at a temperature between 60 and 67 is optimal for sleep.

2. The body repairs itself during sleep to be fit and ready for another day.

3. The body also is working on preventing weight gain, heart disease and illness duration during sleep.

Trending words

“Wigged-out:” adjective; (WIGD-OUT). Definition: Mentally or emotionally discomposed; upset, crazy.

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Today’s birthdays

Actor Sharon Acker is 86. Actor Dame Penelope Keith is 81. Actor Linda Hunt is 76. Singer Emmylou Harris is 74. Actor Sam Anderson is 74. Social critic and author Camille Paglia is 74. Actor Pamela Reed is 72. Country singer Buddy Jewell is 60. Actor Christopher Meloni is 60. Country singer Billy Dean is 59. Actor Clark Gregg is 59. Actor Jana Marie Hupp is 57. Rock musician Greg Camp is 54. Actor Roselyn Sanchez is 48. Country singer Jill King is 46. Actor Pedro Pascal is 46. Actor Adam Rodriguez is 46. Actor Michael Fassbender is 44. Actor Jaime Ray Newman is 43. Rock musician Jesse Carmichael (Maroon 5) is 42. Actor Bethany Joy Lenz is 40. Country singer Chris Janson is 35. Actor Drew Van Acker is 35. Actor Briga Heelan (“Great News”) is 34.

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