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.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet flee the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
  • 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.
  • 1917
    World War I: President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany.
  • 1930
    After the mysterious death of Empress Zewditu, Haile Selassie is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1614
    Jahanara Begum Sahib, daughter of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal (d. 1681)
  • 1891
    Max Ernst, German painter (d. 1976)
  • 1900
    Roberto Arlt, Argentine writer (d. 1942)
  • 1902
    Jan Tschichold, German typographer (d. 1974)
  • 1914
    Sir Alec Guinness, English actor (d. 2000)
  • 1952
    Leon Wilkeson, American rock bassist (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 2001)
  • 1963
    Mike Gascoyne, British engineer
  • 1971
    ZEEBRA, Japanese hip hop artist
  • 1982
    Leyla Milani, Canadian actress and model
  • 1984
    Jérémy Morel, French footballer

Who died on April 2?

  • 1118
    Baldwin I of Jerusalem, King of Jerusalem (b. c. 1058)
  • 1720
    Joseph Dudley, colonial Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1647)
  • 1754
    Thomas Carte, English historian (b. 1686)
  • 1922
    Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychologist (b. 1884)
  • 1972
    Gil Hodges, American baseball player and manager (b. 1924)
  • 1972
    Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Japanese Martial Arts Grandmaster (b. 1887)
  • 1992
    Tomisaburo Wakayama, Japanese actor (b. 1929)
  • 2000
    Tommaso Buscetta, Sicilian mafioso and pentito (b. 1928)
  • 2005
    Pope John Paul II (b. 1920)
  • 2006
    Nina Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg, German widow of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg (b. 1913)

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