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, 1,459,555,200 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 ‘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

  • 1792
    The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint.
  • 1800
    Ludwig van Beethoven leads the premiere of his First Symphony in Vienna.
  • 1911
    The Australian Bureau of Statistics conducts the country’s first national census.
  • 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.
  • 1962
    The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.
  • 1973
    Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on April 2?

  • 1927
    Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian footballer (d. 2006)
  • 1928
    Serge Gainsbourg, French singer (d. 1991)
  • 1939
    Lise Thibault, Lieutenant-governor of Quebec
  • 1949
    David Robinson, American musician
  • 1957
    Giuliana De Sio, Italian actress
  • 1959
    Juha Kankkunen, Finnish race car driver
  • 1963
    Mike Gascoyne, British engineer
  • 1977
    Michael Fassbender, actor
  • 1983
    Paul Capdeville, Chilean tennis player
  • 1986
    Ibrahim Afellay, Dutch footballer

Who died on April 2?

  • 1507
    Francis of Paola, Italian founder of the Order of the Minims (b. 1416)
  • 1720
    Joseph Dudley, colonial Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1647)
  • 1742
    James Douglas, Scottish physician and anatomist (b. 1675)
  • 1928
    Theodore William Richards, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1868)
  • 1933
    K. S. Ranjitsinhji, Indian king and Test cricketer (b. 1872)
  • 1958
    Tudor Davies, Welsh operatic tenor (b. 1892)
  • 1966
    C. S. Forester, English author (b. 1899)
  • 1974
    Georges Pompidou, President of France (b. 1911)
  • 2001
    Charles Daudelin, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
  • 2005
    Pope John Paul II (b. 1920)

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