On this day: April 2

Published On: Mar 29 2013 10:46:43 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 02 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

Elvis heads north of the border, 10-year-old Tatum O'Neal strikes Oscar gold, Velcro hits the market, the MLB finds labor peace, and Pope John Paul II dies, all on this day.

OTD April 2 - Emile Zola
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1840: Novelist and critic Émile Zola, a major figure in the political liberalization of France, is born in Paris, France. Zola is most often associated with the renowned 1898 newspaper headline "J'Accuse," in which he addressed French President Félix Faure and accused the government of anti-Semitism and the unlawful jailing of Alfred Dreyfus, a French Army officer sentenced to penal servitude for life for espionage.

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