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.
  • 1851
    Rama IV is crowned King of Thailand.
  • 1863
    Richmond Bread Riot: Food shortages incite hundreds of angry women to riot in Richmond, Virginia and demand that the Confederate government release emergency supplies.
  • 1900
    The Congress passes the Foraker Act, giving Puerto Rico limited self-rule.
  • 1917
    World War I: President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany.
  • 1975
    Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quang Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.
  • 1980
    President Jimmy Carter signs the Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act in an effort to help the U.S. economy rebound.
  • 1982
    Falklands War: Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.
  • 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.

Who were born on April 2?

  • 1867
    Eugen Sandow, German bodybuilder and circus performer (d. 1925)
  • 1907
    Luke Appling, American baseball player (d. 1991)
  • 1917
    Dabbs Greer, American actor (d. 2007)
  • 1939
    Marvin Gaye, American singer (d. 1984)
  • 1941
    Dr. Demento, American radio personality
  • 1953
    Debralee Scott, American actress (d. 2005)
  • 1958
    Stefano Bettarello, Italian rugby player
  • 1960
    Brad Jones, Australian racing driver
  • 1967
    Greg Camp, American musician (Smash Mouth)
  • 1971
    Elton, German comedian

Who died on April 2?

  • 1507
    Francis of Paola, Italian founder of the Order of the Minims (b. 1416)
  • 1791
    Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, French statesman (b. 1749)
  • 1801
    Thomas Dadford Junior, British canal engineer (b. c. 1761)
  • 1902
    Esther Morris, suffragist and first female American judge (b. 1814)
  • 1930
    Empress Zauditu of Ethiopia (b. 1876)
  • 1953
    Hugo Sperrle, German field marshal (b. 1885)
  • 1958
    Tudor Davies, Welsh operatic tenor (b. 1892)
  • 1995
    Hannes Alfvén, Swedish physicist (b. 1908)
  • 1995
    Harvey Penick, American golf instructor (b. 1904)
  • 2000
    Tommaso Buscetta, Sicilian mafioso and pentito (b. 1928)

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