2 April It Happened Today
1805 Birth of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen.
1914 Birth of British actor, Sir Alec Guinness.
1938 The Spanish Civil War ends.
1939 Birth of American soul singer Marvin Gaye.
1974 Death of French President Georges Pompidou.
1977 Racehorse Red Rum becomes the first horse to win the Aintree Grand National three times.
2005 Death of Pope John Paul II.