What are the important events that happened on April 2? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

April 2: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 2 is the 92nd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 273 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 20, 2017 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,851,520 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘enneacontadigon’ day.

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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 323 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,563 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 2 Historical Events

  • 1755
    Commodore William James captures the pirate fortress of Suvarnadurg on west coast of India.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet flee the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1902
    “Electric Theatre”, the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1911
    The Australian Bureau of Statistics conducts the country’s first national census.
  • 1945
    Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Brazil are established.
  • 1973
    The Liberal Movement breaks away from the Liberal and Country League in South Australia.
  • 1980
    President Jimmy Carter signs the Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act in an effort to help the U.S. economy rebound.
  • 1991
    Rita Johnston becomes the first female Premier of a Canadian province when she succeeds William Vander Zalm (who had resigned) as Premier of British Columbia.
  • 1992
    In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering and is later sentenced to life in prison.
  • 2004
    Islamist terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks attempt to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid. Their attack is thwarted.

Who were born on April 2?

  • 1725
    Giacomo Casanova, Italian adventurer and writer (d. 1798)
  • 1869
    Hughie Jennings, American baseball player and manager (d. 1928)
  • 1907
    Luke Appling, American baseball player (d. 1991)
  • 1910
    Francisco Cândido Xavier, Most popular Brazilian medium (d. 2002)
  • 1951
    Moriteru Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist
  • 1958
    Stefano Bettarello, Italian rugby player
  • 1965
    Rodney King, American victim of police brutality
  • 1971
    Elton, German comedian
  • 1982
    Leyla Milani, Canadian actress and model
  • 1990
    Felipe Chalegre, Brazilian footballer

Who died on April 2?

  • 1747
    Johann Jacob Dillenius, German botanist (b. 1684)
  • 1891
    Albert Pike, American Confederate Brigadier General, envoy, author, attorney, and Freemason (b. 1809)
  • 1928
    Theodore William Richards, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1868)
  • 1953
    Hugo Sperrle, German field marshal (b. 1885)
  • 1958
    Josei Toda, Japanese second president of the Buddhist association Soka Gakkai (b. 1900)
  • 1958
    Tudor Davies, Welsh operatic tenor (b. 1892)
  • 1966
    C. S. Forester, English author (b. 1899)
  • 1972
    Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Japanese Martial Arts Grandmaster (b. 1887)
  • 1998
    Rob Pilatus, American model and entertainer (Milli Vanilli) (b. 1965)
  • 2001
    Charles Daudelin, Canadian artist (b. 1920)

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