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

  • 1851
    Rama IV is crowned King of Thailand.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet flee the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
  • 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.
  • 1885
    Cree warriors attacked the village of Frog Lake, North-West Territories, Canada, killing 9.
  • 1917
    World War I: President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany.
  • 1975
    Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quang Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.
  • 1982
    Falklands War: Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.
  • 1989
    Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in Havana, Cuba to meet with Fidel Castro in an attempt to mend strained relations.
  • 1992
    In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering and is later sentenced to life in prison.
  • 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?

  • 1647
    Maria Sibylla Merian, German botanist (d. 1717)
  • 1725
    Giacomo Casanova, Italian adventurer and writer (d. 1798)
  • 1788
    Wilhelmine Reichard, first German women balloonist (d. 1848)
  • 1933
    György Konrád, Hungarian Jewish author, sociologist, essayist
  • 1963
    Mike Gascoyne, British engineer
  • 1966
    Bill Romanowski, American football player
  • 1967
    Helen Chamberlain, British television presenter
  • 1974
    Håkan Hellström, Swedish musician
  • 1975
    Adam Rodriguez, American actor
  • 1983
    Owen Fussey, Canadian ice hockey player

Who died on April 2?

  • 1640
    Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski, Polish author and prominent Latin poet (b. 1595)
  • 1747
    Johann Jacob Dillenius, German botanist (b. 1684)
  • 1933
    K. S. Ranjitsinhji, Indian king and Test cricketer (b. 1872)
  • 1958
    Josei Toda, Japanese second president of the Buddhist association Soka Gakkai (b. 1900)
  • 1977
    Walter Wolf, German politician (b. 1907)
  • 1992
    Juan Gómez González, Spanish football player (b. 1954)
  • 1995
    Harvey Penick, American golf instructor (b. 1904)
  • 2001
    Jennifer Syme, American actress (b. 1972)
  • 2003
    Edwin Starr, American singer (b. 1942)
  • 2010
    Mike Cuellar, Cuban baseball player (b. 1937)

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