What happened this day in history April 2

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 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 273 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 20, 2024 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 28,533,600 minutes 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.

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 302 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 4,120 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 2 Historical Events

  • 1902
    Dmitry Sipyagin, Minister of Interior of the Russian Empire, is assassinated in the Marie Palace, St Petersburg.
  • 1930
    After the mysterious death of Empress Zewditu, Haile Selassie is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia.
  • 1962
    The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.
  • 1973
    Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
  • 1973
    The Liberal Movement breaks away from the Liberal and Country League in South Australia.
  • 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.
  • 1989
    Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in Havana, Cuba to meet with Fidel Castro in an attempt to mend strained relations.
  • 1992
    In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering and is later sentenced to life in prison.
  • 2002
    Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated. A siege ensues.
  • 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?

  • 1814
    Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American inventor (d. 1879)
  • 1862
    Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Columbia University, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1947)
  • 1912
    Herbert Mills, American singer (The Mills Brothers) (d. 1989)
  • 1917
    Lou Monte, American singer (d. 1989)
  • 1949
    Paul Gambaccini, British television presenter
  • 1957
    Giuliana De Sio, Italian actress
  • 1960
    Brad Jones, Australian racing driver
  • 1972
    Chico Slimani, Moroccan-British singer
  • 1976
    Rory Sabbatini, South African golfer
  • 1982
    Leyla Milani, Canadian actress and model

Who died on April 2?

  • 1118
    Baldwin I of Jerusalem, King of Jerusalem (b. c. 1058)
  • 1272
    Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1209)
  • 1412
    Ruy Gonzáles de Clavijo, Spanish traveler and writer
  • 1801
    Thomas Dadford Junior, British canal engineer (b. c. 1761)
  • 1966
    C. S. Forester, English author (b. 1899)
  • 1994
    Betty Furness, American actress (b. 1916)
  • 1995
    Harvey Penick, American golf instructor (b. 1904)
  • 2001
    Charles Daudelin, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
  • 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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