April 2nd in history:

The first woman elected to the U.S. Congress took office on April 2nd, 1917. Jeannette Rankin of Montana had only been in the House for four days when she cast one of the minority votes against entering the First World War.

Women who worked around the house and watched TV soap operas in the 1950s had an adjustment to make on April 2nd, 1956. Daytime soaps were only 15 minutes long until that day, when CBS introduced two half-hour dramas, “The Edge of Night” and “As the World Turns.”

Two fictional high school students from a ’70s television hit were born on April 2nd in real life. They were, from “Welcome Back, Kotter,” Sweathog “Horshack,” played by Ron Palillo (1949), and Rosalie “Hotsy” Totsy, played by Debralee Scott (1953).


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