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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2004
    Islamist terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks attempt to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid. Their attack is thwarted.
  • 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?

  • 1903
    Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (d. 1987)
  • 1925
    George MacDonald Fraser, English author (d. 2008)
  • 1927
    Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian footballer (d. 2006)
  • 1927
    Kenneth Tynan, English critic and writer (d. 1980)
  • 1938
    Booker Little, American jazz trumpeter (d. 1961)
  • 1940
    Penelope Keith, English actress
  • 1943
    Caterina Bueno, Italian singer (d. 2007)
  • 1949
    Ron Palillo, American actor
  • 1957
    Giuliana De Sio, Italian actress
  • 1961
    Keren Woodward, English singer (Bananarama)

Who died on April 2?

  • 1502
    Prince Arthur Tudor, son of Henry VII of England (b. 1486)
  • 1742
    James Douglas, Scottish physician and anatomist (b. 1675)
  • 1801
    Thomas Dadford Junior, British canal engineer (b. c. 1761)
  • 1803
    Sir James Montgomery, 1st Baronet, Scottish politician and judge (b. 1721)
  • 1933
    K. S. Ranjitsinhji, Indian king and Test cricketer (b. 1872)
  • 1936
    Jean Baptiste Eugène Estienne, French general (b. 1860)
  • 1972
    Gil Hodges, American baseball player and manager (b. 1924)
  • 1987
    Buddy Rich, American drummer (b. 1917)
  • 1992
    Tomisaburo Wakayama, Japanese actor (b. 1929)
  • 2004
    John Argyris, Greek aeronautical engineer (b. 1913)

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