2 April

2 April

April 2 is the 92nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 273 days remain until the end of the year.

April 2 is the 92nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 273 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about April 2nd, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about April 2nd in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • World Autism Awareness Day.
  • National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
  • Love Your Produce Manager Day
  • National Ferret Day
  • International Children’s Book Day
  • World Autism Awareness Day
  • International Pillow Fight Day
  • Tangible Karma Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – April 2

2002: Israeli forces besiege the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

The Israel Defense Force had occupied Bethlehem to capture wanted Palestinians. The 39-day siege ensued after some militants fled into the church, which is believed to stand on the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth.

1982: Argentina occupies the Falkland Islands

The invasion escalated a long-standing conflict between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the archipelago in the South Atlantic. It triggered the Falklands War, which was won by the U.K.

1968: Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey receives its world premiere

Upon release, the epic about human evolution, technology, and extraterrestrial life polarized audiences and critics alike. Today, it is considered a classic in its genre.

1800: Ludwig van Beethoven’s First Symphony is premiered

The German composer conducted the orchestra himself. The premiere received exceptionally positive reviews.

1792: The U.S. dollar is introduced

The Mint Act of 1792 established the Dollar as U.S. currency. About two-thirds of global trade today is based on the U.S. Dollar.

1974: Arnold Schwarzenegger As entrant to the 1974 Mr. Olympia competition at Madison Square Garden.

Arnold Schwarzenegger As entrant to the 1974 Mr. Olympia competition at Madison Square Garden.

1930: Ras Tafari Makonnen becomes Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia in 1930.

1930: Los Angeles around 1930 – An ostrich carriage beeing stopped by the police for crossing the speed limit.

Los Angeles around 1930 – An ostrich carriage beeing stopped by the police for crossing the speed limit.

1914: World War I. French cuirassiers leaving Paris for the front lines, August 1914.

World War I. French cuirassiers leaving Paris for the front lines, August 1914.

1801: Napoleonic Wars: The British led by Horatio Nelson destroy the Danish fleet in the naval Battle of Copenhagen in 1801.

1539: Explorer Juan Ponce de León claims Florida for Spain as the first known European to reach Florida in 1539.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, April 2

1939: Marvin Gaye, American singer-songwriter

1891: Max Ernst, German painter, sculptor, poet

1840: Émile Zola, French author, critic

1805: Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author, poet

1725: Giacomo Casanova, Italian explorer, author

Marvin Gaye was born.

Kapil Sharma was born.

Ajay Devgan was born.

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, April 2

2015: Manoel de Oliveira, Portuguese director, screenwriter

2005: Pope John Paul II

1974: Georges Pompidou, French politician, Prime Minister, President of France

1933: Ranjitsinhji, Indian cricketer

1872: Samuel Morse, American painter, inventor, co-invented the Morse code

Arthur Prince of wales died.

Milo O’Shea died.

Jesus Franco died.


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