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April 2 - General (Calendar Date)

April 2nd - Basic Facts:
  • April 2 is the 92nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
  • There are 273 days remaining until the end of the year (274 in leap years).
  • The preceding day is April 1.
  • Next day is April 3.
April 2nd Births (Here)

April 2nd Deaths (Here)

April 2 Events:

1453 – Mehmed II begins his siege of Constantinople (Istanbul) - the city eventually falls on May 29th.
1513 – Juan Ponce de Leon becomes the first European to set foot on Florida.
1755 – Commodore William James captures the pirate fortress of Suvarnadurg on west coast of India.
1792 – United States Mint is established after the passage of the The Coinage Act.
1801 – Battle of Copenhagen – The British destroy the Danish fleet (Napoleonic Wars).
1810 – Napoleon Bonaparte marries Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria.
1863 – Richmond Bread Riot - food shortages incite 100s of angry women to riot in Richmond, Virginia.
1865 – The Siege of Petersburg is broken – Union troops capture the trenches around Petersburg, Virginia (American Civil War).
1865 – Confederate President Jefferson Davis & most of his Cabinet flee the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia (American Civil War).
1900 – Foraker Act passed by the US Congress - giving Puerto Rico limited self-rule.
1902 – Dmitry Sipyagin, Minister of Interior of the Russian Empire, is assassinated in the Marie Palace, St Petersburg.
1902 – Electric Theatre - 1st full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California.
1917 – President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany (World War I).
1930 – Haile Selassie is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia.
1945 – Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union & Brazil are established.
1962 – First official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.
1972 – Actor Charlie Chaplin returns to the United States for the first time after being labelled a communist during the Red Scare (1950s).
1972 – The Easter Offensive begins – North Vietnamese soldiers of the 304th Division take the northern half of Quang Tri Province (Vietnam War).
1973 – Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
1975 – Civilian refugees flee from the Quang Ngai Province as North Vietnamese troops advance (Vietnam War).
1975 – Completed construction of the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1980 – Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act signed by President Jimmy Carter.
1982 – Falklands War - Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.
1984 – Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma is launched aboard Soyuz T-11 - becoming the 1st Indian in space.
1989 – Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in Havana, Cuba to meet with Fidel Castro in an attempt to mend strained relations.
1991 – Rita Johnston becomes the 1st female Premier of a Canadian province when she is elected Premier of British Columbia.
1992 – Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder & racketeering in New York.
2004 – Islamist terrorists attempt to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid is thwarted.
2006 – Multiple (more than 60) tornadoes break out in the US, especially in Tennessee.


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