Thursday 2 April 2020

On this day: 2nd April

(75 years ago)
In 1945, the Vienna Offensive (Austria) was launched by the Soviet 2nd and 3rd Ukraine fronts to invade Vienna

It continued until 13th of the month, resulting in a Soviet success. The Austrian capital was captured from the Germans after an 11-day siege, with the Soviet Red Army then pushing further into Austria.

(25 years ago)
In 1995, the New York City Transit Police was dissolved becoming the Transit Bureau of the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

(15 years ago)
On this day in 2005, Pope John Paul II passed away to be succeeded by Pope Benedict XVI on 19th April.

Famous Birthdays
Penelope Keith – English actress, famous for BBC comedies The Good Life and To the Manor Born, 80
Paul Gambaccini – American/English radio DJ, 71
Linford Christie – Jamaican born British sprinter, winner of 100 Gold at Barcelona 1992 Olympics, 60.
Michael Clarke – TV commentator and former Australian cricket captain, 39.

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