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April 2: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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

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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 fun & interesting facts about April 2nd in history!

Events

What memorable events happened on April 2 in history? Keep reading to find out!

2022

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

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.

OTD in 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.

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.

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 Births

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

1975

Pedro Pascal

Chilean-American

Actor

Pedro Pascal

Age:

48 years old

Born In:

Santiago, Chile

1977

Michael Fassbender

German-Irish

Actor

Michael Fassbender

Age:

46 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

Age:

76 years old

Born In:

North Dakota, USA

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, April 2nd has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…

1920

2005

Pope John Paul II

Polish

Religious Leader

Pope John Paul II

1920

2005

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.

Died On:

Apr 2, 2005 (Age 84)

Died In:

Apostolic Palace, Vatican City

Quotes

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

1883

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

Special Holidays

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
United States

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
United States

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.

THe Fact Site’s

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.

Birthday & Zodiac

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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