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.
  • 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.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet flee the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: The Siege of Petersburg is broken – Union troops capture the trenches around Petersburg, Virginia, forcing Confederate General Robert E. Lee to retreat.
  • 1911
    The Australian Bureau of Statistics conducts the country’s first national census.
  • 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
    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.
  • 1992
    In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering and is later sentenced to life in prison.
  • 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?

  • 1927
    Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian footballer (d. 2006)
  • 1933
    György Konrád, Hungarian Jewish author, sociologist, essayist
  • 1948
    Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer
  • 1949
    Ron Palillo, American actor
  • 1973
    Tine Wittler, German TV presenter and writer
  • 1976
    Andreas Anastasopoulos, Greek shot putter
  • 1980
    Ricky Hendrick, NASCAR driver and owner (d. 2004)
  • 1984
    Nóra Barta, Hungarian diver
  • 1985
    Stéphane Lambiel, Swiss figure skater
  • 1986
    Ibrahim Afellay, Dutch footballer

Who died on April 2?

  • 1791
    Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, French statesman (b. 1749)
  • 1865
    General A. P. Hill, American Confederate general (b. 1825)
  • 1922
    Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychologist (b. 1884)
  • 1930
    Empress Zauditu of Ethiopia (b. 1876)
  • 1972
    Franz Halder, German general (b. 1884)
  • 1977
    Walter Wolf, German politician (b. 1907)
  • 1994
    Betty Furness, American actress (b. 1916)
  • 1995
    Hannes Alfvén, Swedish physicist (b. 1908)
  • 2001
    Jennifer Syme, American actress (b. 1972)
  • 2005
    Pope John Paul II (b. 1920)

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