Events in History on April 2

  • 999 Gerbert of Aurillac elected as 1st French Pope

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1416 Alfonso V succeeds his father as king of Aragon

  • 1453 Mehmed II begins his siege of Constantinople (İstanbul), which falls May 29

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1513 Explorer Juan Ponce de León claims Florida for Spain as the first known European to reach Florida

Explorer and  Conquistador Juan Ponce de León
Explorer and Conquistador
Juan Ponce de León
  • 1550 Jews are expelled from Genoa Italy
  • 1550 Jewish physician Joseph Hacohen expelled from city of Genoa, all Jews soon after
  • 1559 England & France sign 1st Treaty of Le Cateau-Cambrésis
  • 1590 States-General appoints earl Mauritius, viceroy of Utrecht
  • 1595 Cornelis de Houtman's ships depart to Asia through Cape of Good Hope
  • 1645 Robert Devereux resigns as parliament supreme commander
  • 1745 Austria & Bavaria sign peace
  • 1755 Commodore William James captures the pirate fortress of Suvarnadurg on west coast of India.
  • 1792 The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint and authorizing the $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins & silver dollar, ½ dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime

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

British Admiral Horatio Nelson
British Admiral
Horatio Nelson
French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1804 Forty merchantmen are wrecked when a convoy led by HMS Apollo runs aground off Portugal.
  • 1819 1st successful agricultural journal ("American Farmer") begins
  • 1827 Joseph Dixon begins manufacturing lead pencils
  • 1845 H L Fizeau & Leon Foucault take 1st photo of the Sun
  • 1860 1st Italian Parliament met at Turin
  • 1863 Bread revolt in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1864 Skirmish at Crump's Hill (Piney Woods), Louisiana
  • 1864 Skirmish at Spoonville/Antoine, Arkansas
  • 1865 Battle of Petersburg, VA (Ft Gregg, Sutherland's Station)

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1865 US Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis flees Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 1865 Battle of Ft Blakely AL & Selma AL

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1866 US President Andrew Johnson ends civil war in Ala, Ark, Fla, Ga, Miss, La, NC, SC, Tn & Va

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 1872 George B Brayton patents gasoline powered engine
  • 1876 Philadelphia A's and Boston Red Caps play 1st NL game, in Philadelphia
  • 1877 1st Easter egg roll held on White House lawn
  • 1878 1st issue of Rotterdam's Newspaper
  • 1883 Battle at Bamako: French assault on Fabous arm forces attack
  • 1884 London prison for debtors closed
  • 1900 1st edition of The Volk published (Amsterdam)
  • 1902 Dmitry Sipyagin, Minister of Interior of the Russian Empire, is assassinated by a terrorist in the Marie Palace, St Petersburg.
  • 1905 Cairo-Capetown railway opens
  • 1906 South Africa complete a 4-1 series drubbing of England
  • 1912 Sun Yet Sen forms Guomindang Party in China
  • 1912 Titanic undergoes sea trials under its own power
  • 1916 German troops overtake Bois de Caillette
  • 1916 57 armed New Zealand police invade the remote Ngāi Tūhoe settlement of Maungapōhatu in the Urewera Ranges to arrest the Māori prophet Rua Kēnana

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1917 Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Mont) begins her term as 1st woman member of US House of Reps

1st Woman Elected to Congress Jeannette Rankin
1st Woman Elected to Congress
Jeannette Rankin
  • 1917 US President Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany

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1921 Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new "Theory of Relativity"

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 1926 Riots between Muslims & Hindus in Calcutta
  • 1930 1st NY-Bermuda airplane flight lands in Bermuda

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1932 Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for kidnapped son

  • 1935 Sir Robert Watson-Watt patents RADAR
  • 1941 German occupier disallows Dutch scouting association

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1942 USS Hornet with Jimmy Doolittles B-25 departs from San Francisco

Aviation Pioneer Jimmy Doolittle
Aviation Pioneer
Jimmy Doolittle
  • 1944 CPI-leader Palmiro Togliatti returns to Italy
  • 1944 Soviet Army marches into pro-German Romania
  • 1945 1st US units reach east coast of Okinawa
  • 1945 Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Brazil are established.
  • 1947 Carlo Terron's "Il diamente del profeta" premieres in Rome
  • 1953 Raab forms his 1st government in Austria
  • 1954 Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced [see Jan 26]
  • 1955 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
  • 1955 US male Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
  • 1956 Peter Ustinovs' "Romanoff & Juliet" premieres in Manchester
  • 1958 Antillean Brewery (Amstel beer) opens
  • 1958 Wind speed reaches 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, TX (record)
  • 1960 Cuba buys oil from USSR
  • 1962 The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.
  • 1963 Explorer 17 attains Earth orbit (254/914 km)
  • 1963 USSR launches Luna 4; missed Moon by 8,500 km
  • 1964 Josef Klaus succeeds Alfons Gorbach as chancellor of Austria
  • 1964 Military coup in Brazil by Gen Castello Branco, Pres Goulart ousted
  • 1964 USSR launches Zond 1 to Venus; no data returned
  • 1965 Hochhuths play "Stellvertreter" banned in Italy
  • 1966 Soviet Union's Luna 10 becomes 1st spacecraft to orbit Moon
  • 1968 Chad creates Union of Central African States
  • 1968 Senator E Mccarthy wins Democratic primaries in Wisconsin
  • 1970 Meghalaya becomes autonomous state within India's Assam state
  • 1970 2 men begin ascent of south face of Annapurna I, highest final stage in a wall climb in world
  • 1971 Libya concludes 5 weeks of negotiations with Western oil companies in Tripoli

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1972 Isreali Prime Minister Menachem Begin visits Cairo

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin

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1972 Tennessee Williams' "Small Craft Warnings" premieres in NYC

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
  • 1973 ITT admits to asking CIA to influence Chilean presidential election
  • 1973 Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
  • 1974 Arganat Comm publishes report concerning Yom Kippur War
  • 1975 Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quang Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.
  • 1976 Cambodia Khieu Sampan succeeds Prince Sihanouk as Premier
  • 1976 Portuguese constitution assumed
  • 1977 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
  • 1978 Velcro was 1st put on the market
  • 1979 Israeli PM Menachem Begin visits Cairo Egypt/meets pres Sadat
  • 1980 Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st teenager to score 50 goals in a season
  • 1981 Belgium's 4th government of Martens resigns
  • 1981 Heavy battle between Christian militia & Syrian army in East Lebanon
  • 1982 Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain
  • 1985 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1986 4 US passengers killed by bomb at TWA counter Athens Airport Greece
  • 1986 George Corley Wallace (Gov-D-Ala) announces retirement plans
  • 1986 NYC Mayor Ed Koch signs & brings the Gay Rights Bill into effect
  • 1987 Doc Gooden undergoes cocaine rehabilitation
  • 1987 IBM introduces PS/2 & OS/2

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1989 Wrestlemania V at Trump Plaza, Hulk Hogan beats "Macho Man" Savage

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 1989 Yanks beat Mets 4-0, sweeping 1989 mayor's trophy series in 2 games
  • 1991 Rotterdam Daily Newspaper begins publishing
  • 1992 Edith Cresson, France's 1st female premier, resigns

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1992 John Gotti found guilty of five murders (Paul Castellano, Thomas Bilotti, Robert DiBernardo, Liborio Milito and Louis Dibono), conspiracy to murder Gaetano "Corky" Vastola, loansharking, illegal gambling, obstruction of justice, bribery and tax evasion.

Gangster John Gotti
John Gotti
  • 1992 Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) lands
  • 1993 1st test flight of Fokker 70 (Amsterdam)
  • 1993 Venezuelan DC-10 crashes at Margarita, killing 10
  • 1994 1st exhibition game played at Jacobs Field, Pirates beat Indians, 6-4
  • 1995 NY Police Dept & NY Transit Police merge into one organization
  • 1995 North & Western Colorado begins using new area code 970
  • 1995 Sunday NY Times raises price from $2.00 to $2.50
  • 1996 Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder steals 1st base in 1,097th career game
  • 1996 Sri Lanka 9-349 in 50 overs beat Pakistan 315 all out, Singapore Jayasuriya hits ton in 48 balls, world ODI record at Singapore
  • 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.
  • 2006 Over 60 tornadoes break out, hardest hit is Tennessee with 29 people killed.
  • 2012 Oikos University, Oakland shooting kills seven people and injures 3
  • 2013 9 mutilated bodies are found in an SUV in Tamaulipas, Mexico
  • 2013 7 people are killed in an attack on a power plant in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • 2013 Eurozone unemployment reaches a high of 12%
  • 2013 13 children are killed in a fire in a mosque in Yangon, Burma
  • 2013 13 people are killed in a quarry accident, in Arusha, Tanzania
  • 2013 4 more critical cases of bird flu (H7N9) are reported in China
  • 2013 The UN General Assembly approves the first Arms Trade Treaty
  • 2013 Uruguay passes legislation to legalize same-sex marriage
  • 2015 140 people are killed after gunmen attack Garissa University College, Kenya