An FBI mug shot of mafia Don John Gotti, released on December 11, 1990 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

On this day April 2 …

1992: Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering in New York City; he would be sentenced to life in prison.

Also on this day:

1513: Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León first sights land in what is now the state of Florida.1792: The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint.1900: The United States Congress passes the Foraker Act, giving Puerto Rico limited self-rule.1902: “Electric Theatre”, the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles.1911: The Australian Bureau of Statistics conducts the country’s first national census.1912: The ill-fated RMS Titanic begins sea trials.1917: President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress for a declaration of war on Germany.1956: “As the World Turns” and “The Edge of Night” premiere on CBS and become the first daytime TV dramas to debut in the 30-minute format.1972: Charlie Chaplin returns to the United States for the first time since being labeled a communist during the Red Scare in the early 1950s.1973: The LexisNexis computerized legal research service launches.1986: Alabama governor George Wallace, a former segregationist best known for the “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door”, announces that he will not seek a fifth four-year term and will retire from public life upon the end of his term in January 1987.1989: Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in Havana, Cuba, to meet with Fidel Castro in an attempt to mend strained relations.2004: Islamist terrorists involved in the March 11, 2004 Madrid attacks attempt — and fail — to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid.2006: More than 60 tornadoes break out in the United States; Tennessee is the hardest hit with 29 people killed.This Day in History: April 2Video2014: A spree shooting at the Fort Hood army base in Texas leaves four dead, including the gunman, and 16 others injured.

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