On this day in history April 2, 1972 – Burt Reynolds appeared nude in “Cosmopolitan” magazine.
1978 – The first episode of “Dallas” aired on CBS.
1981 – In Lebanon, thirty-seven people were reported killed during fighting in the cities of Beirut and Zahle. It was the worst violence since the 1976 cease fire.
1982 – Argentina invaded the British-owned Falkland Islands. The following June Britain took the islands back.
1983 – The New Jersey Transit strike that began on March 1 came to an end.
1984 – John Thompson became the first black coach to lead his team to the NCAA college basketball championship.
1984 – In Jerusalem, three Arab gunmen wounded 48 people when they opened fire into a crowd of shoppers.
1985 – The NCAA Rules Committee adopted the 45-second shot clock for men�s basketball to begin in the 1986 season.
1986 – On a TWA airliner flying from Rome to Athens a bomb exploded under a seat killing four Americans.
1987 – The speed limit on U.S. interstate highways was increased to 65 miles per hour in limited areas.
1988 – U.S. Special Prosecutor James McKay declined to indict Attorney General Edwin Meese for criminal wrongdoing.
1989 – An editorial in the “New York Times” declared that the Cold War was over.
1989 – General Prosper Avril, Haiti’s military leader, survived a coup attempt. The attempt was apparently provoked by Avril’s U.S.-backed efforts to fight drug trafficking.
1990 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein threatened to incinerate half of Israel with chemical weapons if Israel joined a conspiracy against Iraq.
1992 – Mob boss John Gotti was convicted in New York of murder and racketeering. He was later sentenced to life in prison.
1995 – The costliest strike in professional sports history ended when baseball owners agreed to let players play without a contract.
1996 – Russia and Belarus signed a treaty that created a political and economic alliance in an effort to reunite the two former Soviet republics.
1996 – Lech Walesa resumed his old job as an electrician at the Gdansk shipyard. He was the former Solidarity union leader who became Poland’s first post-war democratic president.