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

  • 1792
    The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint.
  • 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.
  • 1930
    After the mysterious death of Empress Zewditu, Haile Selassie is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia.
  • 1945
    Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Brazil are established.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    Rita Johnston becomes the first female Premier of a Canadian province when she succeeds William Vander Zalm (who had resigned) as Premier of British Columbia.
  • 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?

  • 1614
    Jahanara Begum Sahib, daughter of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal (d. 1681)
  • 1891
    Jack Buchanan, Scottish actor, singer, producer and director (d. 1957)
  • 1934
    Paul Joseph Cohen, American mathematician (d. 2007)
  • 1951
    Ayako Okamoto, Japanese golfer
  • 1966
    Bill Romanowski, American football player
  • 1975
    Katrin Rutschow-Stomporowski, German rower
  • 1979
    Lindy Booth, Canadian actress
  • 1990
    Amy Castle, American actress
  • 1990
    Felipe Chalegre, Brazilian footballer
  • 1993
    Aaron Kelly, American singer

Who died on April 2?

  • 1335
    Duke Henry of Carinthia (b. c. 1265)
  • 1657
    Jean-Jacques Olier – French catholic priest, founder of the Society of Saint-Sulpice (b. 1608)
  • 1817
    Johann Heinrich Jung, German author (b. 1740)
  • 1845
    Philip Charles Durham, Royal Navy Admiral (b. 1763)
  • 1865
    General A. P. Hill, American Confederate general (b. 1825)
  • 1891
    Albert Pike, American Confederate Brigadier General, envoy, author, attorney, and Freemason (b. 1809)
  • 1972
    Franz Halder, German general (b. 1884)
  • 1995
    Hannes Alfvén, Swedish physicist (b. 1908)
  • 2000
    Tommaso Buscetta, Sicilian mafioso and pentito (b. 1928)
  • 2006
    Nina Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg, German widow of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg (b. 1913)

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