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

  • 1755
    Commodore William James captures the pirate fortress of Suvarnadurg on west coast of India.
  • 1800
    Ludwig van Beethoven leads the premiere of his First Symphony in Vienna.
  • 1945
    Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Brazil are established.
  • 1972
    Actor Charlie Chaplin returns to the United States for the first time since being labeled a communist during the Red Scare in the early 1950s.
  • 1973
    The Liberal Movement breaks away from the Liberal and Country League in South Australia.
  • 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.
  • 1982
    Falklands War: Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.
  • 1984
    Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma is launched aboard Soyuz T-11, and becomes the first Indian in space.
  • 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?

  • 1805
    Hans Christian Andersen, Danish writer (d. 1875)
  • 1827
    William Holman Hunt, English painter (d. 1910)
  • 1914
    Sir Alec Guinness, English actor (d. 2000)
  • 1939
    Lise Thibault, Lieutenant-governor of Quebec
  • 1948
    Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer
  • 1949
    Paul Gambaccini, British television presenter
  • 1953
    Jim Allister, Northern Irish politician
  • 1957
    Giuliana De Sio, Italian actress
  • 1960
    Brad Jones, Australian racing driver
  • 1962
    Pierre Carles, French documentarist

Who died on April 2?

  • 1335
    Duke Henry of Carinthia (b. c. 1265)
  • 1507
    Francis of Paola, Italian founder of the Order of the Minims (b. 1416)
  • 1791
    Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, French statesman (b. 1749)
  • 1928
    Theodore William Richards, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1868)
  • 1953
    Hugo Sperrle, German field marshal (b. 1885)
  • 1974
    Georges Pompidou, President of France (b. 1911)
  • 1995
    Harvey Penick, American golf instructor (b. 1904)
  • 1998
    Rob Pilatus, American model and entertainer (Milli Vanilli) (b. 1965)
  • 2000
    Tommaso Buscetta, Sicilian mafioso and pentito (b. 1928)
  • 2003
    Edwin Starr, American singer (b. 1942)

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