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

  • 1755
    Commodore William James captures the pirate fortress of Suvarnadurg on west coast of India.
  • 1851
    Rama IV is crowned King of Thailand.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Brazil are established.
  • 1973
    The Liberal Movement breaks away from the Liberal and Country League in South Australia.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1827
    William Holman Hunt, English painter (d. 1910)
  • 1900
    Roberto Arlt, Argentine writer (d. 1942)
  • 1908
    Buddy Ebsen, American actor and dancer (d. 2003)
  • 1928
    Serge Gainsbourg, French singer (d. 1991)
  • 1943
    Caterina Bueno, Italian singer (d. 2007)
  • 1957
    Giuliana De Sio, Italian actress
  • 1958
    Larry Drew, American basketball player
  • 1962
    Mark Shulman, American children’s author
  • 1984
    Ashley Peldon, American actress
  • 1986
    Lee DeWyze, American singer

Who died on April 2?

  • 1507
    Francis of Paola, Italian founder of the Order of the Minims (b. 1416)
  • 1640
    Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski, Polish author and prominent Latin poet (b. 1595)
  • 1657
    Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1608)
  • 1657
    Jean-Jacques Olier – French catholic priest, founder of the Society of Saint-Sulpice (b. 1608)
  • 1933
    K. S. Ranjitsinhji, Indian king and Test cricketer (b. 1872)
  • 1958
    Tudor Davies, Welsh operatic tenor (b. 1892)
  • 1992
    Tomisaburo Wakayama, Japanese actor (b. 1929)
  • 2000
    Tommaso Buscetta, Sicilian mafioso and pentito (b. 1928)
  • 2004
    John Argyris, Greek aeronautical engineer (b. 1913)
  • 2010
    Chris Kanyon, American wrestler (b. 1970)

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