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, 1,491,091,200 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 ‘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

  • 1800
    Ludwig van Beethoven leads the premiere of his First Symphony in Vienna.
  • 1863
    Richmond Bread Riot: Food shortages incite hundreds of angry women to riot in Richmond, Virginia and demand that the Confederate government release emergency supplies.
  • 1900
    The Congress passes the Foraker Act, giving Puerto Rico limited self-rule.
  • 1930
    After the mysterious death of Empress Zewditu, Haile Selassie is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia.
  • 1956
    As the World Turns and The Edge of Night premiere on CBS-TV. The two soaps become the first daytime dramas to debut in the 30-minute format.
  • 1975
    Construction of the CN Tower is completed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It reaches 553.33 m in height, becoming the world’s tallest free-standing structure.
  • 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.
  • 2002
    Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated. A siege ensues.

Who were born on April 2?

  • 1545
    Elisabeth of Valois, third wife of Philip II of Spain (d. 1568)
  • 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)
  • 1781
    Bhagwan Swaminarayan, religious leader (d. 1830)
  • 1875
    Walter Chrysler, American automobile pioneer (d. 1940)
  • 1907
    Luke Appling, American baseball player (d. 1991)
  • 1927
    Kenneth Tynan, English critic and writer (d. 1980)
  • 1959
    Yves Lavandier, French film director
  • 1975
    Katrin Rutschow-Stomporowski, German rower
  • 1986
    Ibrahim Afellay, Dutch footballer

Who died on April 2?

  • 1640
    Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski, Polish author and prominent Latin poet (b. 1595)
  • 1657
    Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1608)
  • 1742
    James Douglas, Scottish physician and anatomist (b. 1675)
  • 1747
    Johann Jacob Dillenius, German botanist (b. 1684)
  • 1787
    Thomas Gage, British general (b. 1719)
  • 1803
    Sir James Montgomery, 1st Baronet, Scottish politician and judge (b. 1721)
  • 1987
    Buddy Rich, American drummer (b. 1917)
  • 1998
    Rob Pilatus, American model and entertainer (Milli Vanilli) (b. 1965)
  • 2004
    John Argyris, Greek aeronautical engineer (b. 1913)
  • 2006
    Nina Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg, German widow of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg (b. 1913)

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