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 93rd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 273 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 20, 2016 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,459,555,200 seconds 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 ‘enneacontatrigon’ 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 301 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 1,198 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 2 Historical Events

  • 1801
    Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Copenhagen – The British destroy the Danish fleet.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: The Siege of Petersburg is broken – Union troops capture the trenches around Petersburg, Virginia, forcing Confederate General Robert E. Lee to retreat.
  • 1911
    The Australian Bureau of Statistics conducts the country’s first national census.
  • 1917
    World War I: President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany.
  • 1945
    Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Brazil are established.
  • 1962
    The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.
  • 1973
    The Liberal Movement breaks away from the Liberal and Country League in South Australia.
  • 1989
    Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in Havana, Cuba to meet with Fidel Castro in an attempt to mend strained relations.
  • 2002
    Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated. A siege ensues.
  • 2006
    Over 60 tornadoes break out in the United States; hardest hit is in Tennessee with 29 people killed.

Who were born on April 2?

  • 1614
    Jahanara Begum Sahib, daughter of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal (d. 1681)
  • 1653
    Prince George of Denmark, prince consort of Anne of England (d. 1708)
  • 1884
    Sir John Squire, British poet, writer, and historian (d. 1958)
  • 1932
    Edward Egan, Cardinal-Archbishop Emeritus of New York
  • 1943
    Caterina Bueno, Italian singer (d. 2007)
  • 1948
    Joan D. Vinge, American author
  • 1949
    Ron Palillo, American actor
  • 1975
    Randy Livingston, American basketball player
  • 1983
    Paul Capdeville, Chilean tennis player
  • 1990
    Miralem Pjanić, Bosnian footballer

Who died on April 2?

  • 1747
    Johann Jacob Dillenius, German botanist (b. 1684)
  • 1817
    Johann Heinrich Jung, German author (b. 1740)
  • 1827
    Ludwig Heinrich Bojanus, German physician and naturalist (b. 1776)
  • 1914
    Paul von Heyse, German writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1830)
  • 1930
    Empress Zauditu of Ethiopia (b. 1876)
  • 1958
    Tudor Davies, Welsh operatic tenor (b. 1892)
  • 1992
    Tomisaburo Wakayama, Japanese actor (b. 1929)
  • 2001
    Charles Daudelin, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
  • 2001
    Jennifer Syme, American actress (b. 1972)
  • 2005
    Pope John Paul II (b. 1920)

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