April 2: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, April 2, 1921, Albert Einstein visited New York City?

April 2nd observes Peanut Butter and Jelly Day & Ferret Day.

Congratulations you survived April Fool’s Day! We now welcome you to day two of April, and day ninety two of the year.

While this day may not sound as eventful as yesterday, we can assure you that it’s still been an important day throughout history. Here you’ll find interesting events that happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1921, Albert Einstein visited New York City? It was his first time in the city and he lectured on his Theory of Relativity.

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

What Events Happened On April 2 In History?

2022 The International Criminal Court opened its first office in Venezuela following allegations of torture and killings by the country’s security forces.

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2020 COVID-19 claimed the life of comedian Eddie Large from “Little and Large.”

1992 Mafia boss John Gotti was convicted of thirteen murders and racketeering.

On June 10, 2002, John Gotti died from throat cancer while in confinement.

1989 New York Times Newspaper officially declared that the Cold War was over.

NY Times

1982 The Falklands War broke out between Argentina and Britain over the Falkland Islands and lasted ten weeks.

1979 Sixty-six people died in Sverdlovsk, USSR, when a bio-warfare lab accidentally released airborne anthrax.

1968 The “2001: A Space Odyssey” sci-fi movie premiered in Washington, DC.

OTD in 1968: The "2001: A Space Odyssey" sci-fi movie premiered in Washington

1964 The Soviet Union’s Zond 1 space probe was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

This was actually the second probe with the name Zond 1 after the previous one failed to launch and was reclassified as Kosmos 21.

1963 Martin Luther King started his first of many non-violent demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama, US.

1921 Albert Einstein visited New York City and lectured on his Theory of Relativity for the first time.

OTD in 1921: Albert Einstein visited New York City and lectured on his Theory of Relativity for the first time.

Upon his arrival in NYC, Einstein was welcomed by the city's mayor John Francis Hylan.

1800 Beethoven performed his first concert “for his benefit” at Austria’s Royal Imperial Court Theatre.

OTD in 1800: Beethoven performed his first concert "for his benefit" at Austria's Royal Imperial Court Theatre.

1792 The Coinage Act was enacted in the US.

It established the first mint in Philadelphia and the federal regulation of coins.

US Mint

1513 Explorer Juan Ponce de León found Florida and claimed it for Spain.

1453 The armies of Sultan Mehmed II arrived at Constantinople’s outer walls and prepared to lay siege to the city.

Mehmed's armies made camp to the west of the city, the only part which was accessible by land. Thanks to Mehmed's armies' expert siegecraft, Constantinople was captured after just fifty-three days.

Famous Quotes Said On April 2

Every day brings a new quote – here are the most well-known quotes spoken or written on Apr 2nd in history.


“If I succeed in putting some warmth and love into the work, then it will find friends. Carrying on working is the thing.”

– Vincent van Gogh

Famous People Born On April 2

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Alec Guinness? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1939 Marvin Gaye

American Singer

Marvin Gaye
Died On:
Apr 1, 1984 (Age 44)
Born In:
Washington D.C., USA

1977 Michael Fassbender

German-Irish Actor

Michael Fassbender
45 years old
Born In:
Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany

1805 Hans Christian Andersen

Danish Author

Hans Christian Andersen
Died On:
Aug 4, 1875 (Age 70)
Born In:
Odense, Denmark

1914 Alec Guinness

English Actor

Alec Guinness
Died On:
Aug 5, 2000 (Age 86)
Born In:
England, UK

1947 Sam Anderson

American Actor

Sam Anderson
75 years old
Born In:
North Dakota, USA

Famous People Who Died On This Day

1920 - 2005 Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II was a Polish religious leader born on May 18, 1920. He died on this day in 2005, at age 84 in Apostolic Palace, Vatican City.

Special Holidays On April 2

If you’re looking for something to do today, maybe these special holidays might just help to cure your boredom!

April 2: National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Did you know that the average American will have eaten 2000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before they graduate high school? Today is Peanut Butter and Jelly Day so why not make it a few more?

April 2: National Ferret Day

National Ferret Day

Humans domesticated ferrets more than 2,000 years ago to help them hunt, but today they’re most commonly kept as pets! So celebrate Ferret Day by appreciating your pet ferret, if you’re lucky enough to have one, or by researching more about these fuzzy little guys.

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Fun Fact Of The Day

All of the sweaters Mister Rogers wore on his show were hand-knitted by his mother. He said he loved wearing them because they always made him think of her.

April 2 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Everyone who was born on this day shares the star sign of Aries.

Fire is the element given to Aries, and those born under this sign harness a burning flame inside them – especially when they become deeply passionate about something.

All those born in April have the Diamond birthstone. Diamond comes from the Greek word “adamas,” which means “invincible” or “unbreakable.” Before engaging in battle, warriors wore diamonds to give them strength, courage, and “invincible” protection.

People born on April 2 were likely conceived the previous year on July 10.

A baby conceived on April 2nd, 2023, will likely be born around December 24th, 2023.

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