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, 405,432 hours 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.
  • 1902
    “Electric Theatre”, the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1902
    Dmitry Sipyagin, Minister of Interior of the Russian Empire, is assassinated in the Marie Palace, St Petersburg.
  • 1911
    The Australian Bureau of Statistics conducts the country’s first national census.
  • 1973
    Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
  • 1975
    Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quang Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1545
    Elisabeth of Valois, third wife of Philip II of Spain (d. 1568)
  • 1861
    Iván Persa, Hungarian Slovene writer and catholic priest (d. 1935)
  • 1910
    Francisco Cândido Xavier, Most popular Brazilian medium (d. 2002)
  • 1939
    Anthony Lake, American political figure
  • 1952
    Leon Wilkeson, American rock bassist (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 2001)
  • 1958
    Larry Drew, American basketball player
  • 1969
    Ajay Devgan, Indian actor
  • 1971
    Elton, German comedian
  • 1976
    Rory Sabbatini, South African golfer
  • 1982
    Leyla Milani, Canadian actress and model

Who died on April 2?

  • 1507
    Francis of Paola, Italian founder of the Order of the Minims (b. 1416)
  • 1787
    Thomas Gage, British general (b. 1719)
  • 1791
    Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, French statesman (b. 1749)
  • 1803
    Sir James Montgomery, 1st Baronet, Scottish politician and judge (b. 1721)
  • 1930
    Empress Zauditu of Ethiopia (b. 1876)
  • 1933
    K. S. Ranjitsinhji, Indian king and Test cricketer (b. 1872)
  • 1987
    Buddy Rich, American drummer (b. 1917)
  • 1995
    Harvey Penick, American golf instructor (b. 1904)
  • 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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