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Saturday, April 2, 2005

Today in history—April 2

742: Charles the Great is born at Aachen.

1792: Congress passes the Coinage Act, which creates the United States Mint.

1800: One of the earliest legal "dream teams" in U.S. history succeeds, as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr win an acquittal for Levi Weeks in a sensational murder trial.

1863: Angry women riot in Richmond, Virginia, protesting skyrocketing prices for food and other necessities.

1875: Automobile pioneer Walter Chrysler is born at Wamego, Kansas.

1956: Alfred Pritchard Sloan, Jr., the man credited with creating the modern General Motors Corp., steps down as chair at age 80.

1956: CBS Television introduces the first half-hour daytime soap operas, Edge of Night and As the World Turns.

1980: In an effort to stimulate energy production, President Carter signs a bill imposing a tax on oil production.

1982: Congress creates the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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