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2nd of April 1755 EVENT Commodore William James captures the pirate fortress of Suvarnadurg on west coast of India.
2nd of April 1792 EVENT The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint.
2nd of April 1800 EVENT Ludwig van Beethoven leads the premiere of his First Symphony in Vienna.
2nd of April 1801 EVENT Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Copenhagen : The British destroy the Danish fleet.
2nd of April 1851 EVENT Rama IV is crowned King of Thailand.
2nd of April 1863 EVENT Richmond Bread Riot: Food shortages incite hundreds of angry women to riot in Richmond, Virginia and demand that the Confederate government release emergency supplies.
2nd of April 1865 EVENT American Civil War: The Siege of Petersburg is broken : Union troops capture the trenches around Petersburg, Virginia, forcing Confederate General Robert E. Lee to retreat.
2nd of April 1865 EVENT American Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet flee the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
2nd of April 1885 EVENT Cree warriors attacked the village of Frog Lake, North-West Territories, Canada, killing 9.
2nd of April 1900 EVENT The Congress passes the Foraker Act, giving Puerto Rico limited self-rule.
2nd of April 1902 EVENT "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California.
2nd of April 1902 EVENT Dmitry Sipyagin, Minister of Interior of the Russian Empire, is assassinated in the Marie Palace, St Petersburg.
2nd of April 1911 EVENT The Australian Bureau of Statistics conducts the country's first national census.
2nd of April 1917 EVENT World War I: President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany.
2nd of April 1930 EVENT After the mysterious death of Empress Zewditu, Haile Selassie is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia.
2nd of April 1945 EVENT Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Brazil are established.
2nd of April 1956 EVENT As the World Turns and The Edge of Night premiere on CBS-TV. The two soaps become the first daytime dramas to debut in the 30-minute format.
2nd of April 1962 EVENT The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.
2nd of April 1972 EVENT Actor Charlie Chaplin returns to the United States for the first time since being labeled a communist during the Red Scare in the early 1950s.
2nd of April 1973 EVENT Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
2nd of April 1973 EVENT The Liberal Movement breaks away from the Liberal and Country League in South Australia.
2nd of April 1975 EVENT Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quang Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.
2nd of April 1975 EVENT Construction of the CN Tower is completed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It reaches 553.33 metres (1,815.4 ft) in height, becoming the world's tallest free-standing structure.
2nd of April 1980 EVENT President Jimmy Carter signs the Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act in an effort to help the U.S. economy rebound.
2nd of April 1982 EVENT Falklands War: Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.
2nd of April 1984 EVENT Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma is launched aboard Soyuz T-11, and becomes the first Indian in space.
2nd of April 1989 EVENT Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in Havana, Cuba to meet with Fidel Castro in an attempt to mend strained relations.
2nd of April 1991 EVENT Rita Johnston becomes the first female Premier of a Canadian province when she succeeds William Vander Zalm (who had resigned) as Premier of British Columbia.
2nd of April 1992 EVENT In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering and is later sentenced to life in prison.
2nd of April 2002 EVENT Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated. A siege ensues.
2nd of April 2004 EVENT 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.
2nd of April 2006 EVENT Over 60 tornadoes break out in the United States; hardest hit is in Tennessee with 29 people killed.
2nd of April 2011 EVENT India crowned World Champions after defeating Sri Lanka in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
2nd of April 0742 BIRTHDAY Charlemagne (d. 814)
2nd of April 1527 BIRTHDAY Abraham Ortelius, Flemish cartographer and geographer (d. 1598)
2nd of April 1545 BIRTHDAY Elisabeth of Valois, third wife of Philip II of Spain (d. 1568)
2nd of April 1565 BIRTHDAY Cornelis de Houtman, Dutch explorer (d. 1599)
2nd of April 1614 BIRTHDAY Jahanara Begum Sahib, daughter of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal (d. 1681)
2nd of April 1618 BIRTHDAY Francesco Maria Grimaldi, Italian mathematician and physicist (d. 1663)
2nd of April 1647 BIRTHDAY Maria Sibylla Merian, German botanist (d. 1717)
2nd of April 1653 BIRTHDAY Prince George of Denmark, prince consort of Anne of England (d. 1708)
2nd of April 1719 BIRTHDAY Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim, German poet (d. 1803)
2nd of April 1725 BIRTHDAY Giacomo Casanova, Italian adventurer and writer (d. 1798)
2nd of April 1781 BIRTHDAY Bhagwan Swaminarayan, religious leader (d. 1830)
2nd of April 1788 BIRTHDAY Francisco Balagtas, Filipino poet (d. 1862)
2nd of April 1788 BIRTHDAY Wilhelmine Reichard, first German women balloonist (d. 1848)
2nd of April 1798 BIRTHDAY August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben, German poet (d. 1874)
2nd of April 1805 BIRTHDAY Hans Christian Andersen, Danish writer (d. 1875)
2nd of April 1814 BIRTHDAY Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American inventor (d. 1879)
2nd of April 1827 BIRTHDAY William Holman Hunt, English painter (d. 1910)
2nd of April 1838 BIRTHDAY Leon Gambetta, French statesman (d. 1882)
2nd of April 1840 BIRTHDAY Emile Zola, French novelist and critic (d. 1902)
2nd of April 1841 BIRTHDAY Clement Ader, French aviation pioneer (d. 1926)
2nd of April 1862 BIRTHDAY Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Columbia University, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1947)
2nd of April 1867 BIRTHDAY Eugen Sandow, German bodybuilder and circus performer (d. 1925)
2nd of April 1869 BIRTHDAY Hughie Jennings, American baseball player and manager (d. 1928)
2nd of April 1875 BIRTHDAY Walter Chrysler, American automobile pioneer (d. 1940)
2nd of April 1884 BIRTHDAY Sir John Squire, British poet, writer, and historian (d. 1958)
2nd of April 1891 BIRTHDAY Max Ernst, German painter (d. 1976)
2nd of April 1900 BIRTHDAY Roberto Arlt, Argentine writer (d. 1942)
2nd of April 1902 BIRTHDAY Jan Tschichold, German typographer (d. 1974)
2nd of April 1903 BIRTHDAY Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (d. 1987)
2nd of April 1907 BIRTHDAY Luke Appling, American baseball player (d. 1991)
2nd of April 1908 BIRTHDAY Buddy Ebsen, American actor and dancer (d. 2003)
2nd of April 1910 BIRTHDAY Paul Triquet, Canadian military officer (d. 1980)
2nd of April 1912 BIRTHDAY Herbert Mills, American singer (The Mills Brothers) (d. 1989)
2nd of April 1914 BIRTHDAY Sir Alec Guinness, English actor (d. 2000)
2nd of April 1917 BIRTHDAY Dabbs Greer, American actor (d. 2007)
2nd of April 1917 BIRTHDAY Lou Monte, American singer (d. 1989)
2nd of April 1920 BIRTHDAY Jack Webb, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1982)
2nd of April 1923 BIRTHDAY Clifford Scott Green, American Federal Judge (d. 2007)
2nd of April 1923 BIRTHDAY Gloria Henry, American actress
2nd of April 1923 BIRTHDAY G. Spencer-Brown, English mathematician
2nd of April 1925 BIRTHDAY George MacDonald Fraser, English author (d. 2008)
2nd of April 1926 BIRTHDAY Sir Jack Brabham, Australian race car driver
2nd of April 1927 BIRTHDAY Ferenc Puskas, Hungarian footballer (d. 2006)
2nd of April 1927 BIRTHDAY Kenneth Tynan, English critic and writer (d. 1980)
2nd of April 1927 BIRTHDAY Carmen Basilio, American boxer
2nd of April 1928 BIRTHDAY Joseph Bernardin, American cardinal (d. 1996)
2nd of April 1928 BIRTHDAY Serge Gainsbourg, French singer (d. 1991)
2nd of April 1928 BIRTHDAY Prof David Robinson, Irish horticulturist (d. 2004)
2nd of April 1932 BIRTHDAY Edward Egan, Cardinal-Archbishop Emeritus of New York
2nd of April 1933 BIRTHDAY Gyorgy Konrad, Hungarian Jewish author, sociologist, essayist
2nd of April 1934 BIRTHDAY Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (d. 1997)
2nd of April 1934 BIRTHDAY Paul Joseph Cohen, American mathematician (d. 2007)
2nd of April 1934 BIRTHDAY Carl Kasell, American newscaster
2nd of April 1937 BIRTHDAY Dick Radatz, American baseball player (d. 2005)
2nd of April 1938 BIRTHDAY John Larsson, 17th General of The Salvation Army
2nd of April 1938 BIRTHDAY Booker Little, American jazz trumpeter (d. 1961)
2nd of April 1939 BIRTHDAY Marvin Gaye, American singer (d. 1984)
2nd of April 1939 BIRTHDAY Lise Thibault, Lieutenant-governor of Quebec
2nd of April 1939 BIRTHDAY Anthony Lake, American political figure
2nd of April 1940 BIRTHDAY Penelope Keith, English actress
2nd of April 1941 BIRTHDAY Dr. Demento, American radio personality
2nd of April 1942 BIRTHDAY Leon Russell, American blues-rock pianist/guitarist
2nd of April 1942 BIRTHDAY Roshan Seth, Indian actor
2nd of April 1942 BIRTHDAY Hiroyuki Sakai, Japanese chef
2nd of April 1943 BIRTHDAY Caterina Bueno, Italian singer (d. 2007)
2nd of April 1945 BIRTHDAY Linda Hunt, American actress
2nd of April 1945 BIRTHDAY Reggie Smith, American baseball player
2nd of April 1945 BIRTHDAY Don Sutton, American baseball player
2nd of April 1945 BIRTHDAY Anne Waldman, American poet
2nd of April 1946 BIRTHDAY Judith A. Lanzinger, American jurist, Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio
2nd of April 1946 BIRTHDAY Kurt Winter, Canadian guitarist (The Guess Who) (d. 1997)
2nd of April 1947 BIRTHDAY Emmylou Harris, American singer
2nd of April 1947 BIRTHDAY Camille Paglia, American feminist writer
2nd of April 1948 BIRTHDAY Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer
2nd of April 1948 BIRTHDAY Joan D. Vinge, American author
2nd of April 1949 BIRTHDAY David Robinson, American musician
2nd of April 1949 BIRTHDAY Paul Gambaccini, British television presenter
2nd of April 1949 BIRTHDAY Ron Palillo, American actor
2nd of April 1949 BIRTHDAY Pamela Reed, American actress
2nd of April 1951 BIRTHDAY Moriteru Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist
2nd of April 1951 BIRTHDAY Ayako Okamoto, Japanese golfer
2nd of April 1952 BIRTHDAY Pat Drummond, Australian singer-songwriter
2nd of April 1952 BIRTHDAY Thierry Le Luron, French humorist (d. 1986)
2nd of April 1952 BIRTHDAY Leon Wilkeson, American rock bassist (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 2001)
2nd of April 1953 BIRTHDAY Jim Allister, Northern Irish politician
2nd of April 1953 BIRTHDAY Debralee Scott, American actress (d. 2005)
2nd of April 1954 BIRTHDAY Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese electropop musician
2nd of April 1955 BIRTHDAY Michael Stone, British terrorist
2nd of April 1957 BIRTHDAY Giuliana De Sio, Italian actress
2nd of April 1958 BIRTHDAY Stefano Bettarello, Italian rugby player
2nd of April 1958 BIRTHDAY Larry Drew, American basketball player
2nd of April 1959 BIRTHDAY Juha Kankkunen, Finnish race car driver
2nd of April 1959 BIRTHDAY Yves Lavandier, French film director
2nd of April 1959 BIRTHDAY Badou Zaki, Morrocan footballer and manager
2nd of April 1960 BIRTHDAY Linford Christie, English athlete
2nd of April 1960 BIRTHDAY Brad Jones, Australian racing driver
2nd of April 1961 BIRTHDAY Keren Woodward, English singer (Bananarama)
2nd of April 1961 BIRTHDAY Christopher Meloni, American actor
2nd of April 1962 BIRTHDAY Clark Gregg, American actor
2nd of April 1962 BIRTHDAY Pierre Carles, French documentarist
2nd of April 1962 BIRTHDAY Mark Shulman, American children's author
2nd of April 1963 BIRTHDAY Karl Beattie, English television director and producer
2nd of April 1963 BIRTHDAY Mike Gascoyne, British engineer
2nd of April 1964 BIRTHDAY Pete Incaviglia, American baseball player
2nd of April 1965 BIRTHDAY Rodney King, American victim of police brutality
2nd of April 1966 BIRTHDAY Bill Romanowski, American football player
2nd of April 1966 BIRTHDAY Teddy Sheringham, English footballer
2nd of April 1966 BIRTHDAY Garnett Silk, Jamaican singer (d. 1994)
2nd of April 1967 BIRTHDAY Greg Camp, American musician (Smash Mouth)
2nd of April 1967 BIRTHDAY Helen Chamberlain, British television presenter
2nd of April 1969 BIRTHDAY Ajay Devgan, Indian actor
2nd of April 1971 BIRTHDAY Elton, German comedian
2nd of April 1971 BIRTHDAY Todd Woodbridge, Australian tennis player
2nd of April 1971 BIRTHDAY ZEEBRA, Japanese hip hop artist
2nd of April 1972 BIRTHDAY Chico Slimani, Moroccan-British singer
2nd of April 1973 BIRTHDAY Roselyn Sanchez, Puerto Rican singer, model and actress
2nd of April 1973 BIRTHDAY Tine Wittler, German TV presenter and writer
2nd of April 1974 BIRTHDAY Hakan Hellstrom, Swedish musician
2nd of April 1975 BIRTHDAY Katrin Rutschow-Stomporowski, German rower
2nd of April 1975 BIRTHDAY Randy Livingston, American basketball player
2nd of April 1975 BIRTHDAY Adam Rodriguez, American actor
2nd of April 1976 BIRTHDAY Rory Sabbatini, South African golfer
2nd of April 1976 BIRTHDAY Andreas Anastasopoulos, Greek shot putter
2nd of April 1977 BIRTHDAY Jelena Abbou, Serbian fitness model
2nd of April 1977 BIRTHDAY Aiden Turner, British actor
2nd of April 1977 BIRTHDAY Michael Fassbender, actor
2nd of April 1978 BIRTHDAY John Gall, American baseball player
2nd of April 1979 BIRTHDAY Jesse Carmichael, American musician (Maroon 5)
2nd of April 1980 BIRTHDAY Adam Fleming, English reporter
2nd of April 1980 BIRTHDAY Carlos Salcido, Mexican footballer
2nd of April 1980 BIRTHDAY Cristian Lizzori, Italian footballer
2nd of April 1980 BIRTHDAY Ricky Hendrick, NASCAR driver and owner (d. 2004)
2nd of April 1981 BIRTHDAY Michael Clarke, Australian cricketer
2nd of April 1981 BIRTHDAY Bethany Joy Lenz-Galeotti, American actress
2nd of April 1982 BIRTHDAY Marco Amelia, Italian footballer
2nd of April 1982 BIRTHDAY Bianca Chatfield, Australian netballer
2nd of April 1982 BIRTHDAY Jeremy Bloom, American skier and football player
2nd of April 1982 BIRTHDAY Jack Evans, American professional wrestler
2nd of April 1982 BIRTHDAY Leyla Milani, Canadian actress and model
2nd of April 1983 BIRTHDAY Felix Borja, Ecuadorian footballer
2nd of April 1983 BIRTHDAY Yung Joc, American rapper
2nd of April 1983 BIRTHDAY Paul Capdeville, Chilean tennis player
2nd of April 1984 BIRTHDAY Nora Barta, Hungarian diver
2nd of April 1984 BIRTHDAY Ashley Peldon, American actress
2nd of April 1984 BIRTHDAY Meryl Cassie, New Zealand actress
2nd of April 1985 BIRTHDAY Stephane Lambiel, Swiss figure skater
2nd of April 1986 BIRTHDAY Ibrahim Afellay, Dutch footballer
2nd of April 1986 BIRTHDAY Lee DeWyze, American singer
2nd of April 1990 BIRTHDAY Amy Castle, American actress
2nd of April 1990 BIRTHDAY Felipe Chalegre, Brazilian footballer
2nd of April 1990 BIRTHDAY Miralem Pjanic, Bosnian footballer
2nd of April 1990 BIRTHDAY Jeffery Johnson, Jr., American rapper
2nd of April 1993 BIRTHDAY Aaron Kelly, American singer
2nd of April 1118 DEATH Baldwin I of Jerusalem, King of Jerusalem (Born c. 1058)
2nd of April 1272 DEATH Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall, Holy Roman Emperor (Born 1209)
2nd of April 1335 DEATH Duke Henry of Carinthia (Born c. 1265)
2nd of April 1412 DEATH Ruy Gonzales de Clavijo, Spanish traveler and writer
2nd of April 1502 DEATH Prince Arthur Tudor, son of Henry VII of England (Born 1486)
2nd of April 1507 DEATH Francis of Paola, Italian founder of the Order of the Minims (Born 1416)
2nd of April 1640 DEATH Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski, Polish author and prominent Latin poet (Born 1595)
2nd of April 1657 DEATH Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (Born 1608)
2nd of April 1657 DEATH Jean-Jacques Olier : French catholic priest, founder of the Society of Saint-Sulpice (Born 1608)
2nd of April 1720 DEATH Joseph Dudley, colonial Governor of Massachusetts (Born 1647)
2nd of April 1742 DEATH James Douglas, Scottish physician and anatomist (Born 1675)
2nd of April 1747 DEATH Johann Jacob Dillenius, German botanist (Born 1684)
2nd of April 1754 DEATH Thomas Carte, English historian (Born 1686)
2nd of April 1787 DEATH Thomas Gage, British general (Born 1719)
2nd of April 1791 DEATH Honore Gabriel Riqueti, French statesman (Born 1749)
2nd of April 1801 DEATH Thomas Dadford Junior, British canal engineer (Born c. 1761)
2nd of April 1803 DEATH Sir James Montgomery, 1st Baronet, Scottish politician and judge (Born 1721)
2nd of April 1817 DEATH Johann Heinrich Jung, German author (Born 1740)
2nd of April 1827 DEATH Ludwig Heinrich Bojanus, German physician and naturalist (Born 1776)
2nd of April 1845 DEATH Philip Charles Durham, Royal Navy Admiral (Born 1763)
2nd of April 1865 DEATH General A. P. Hill, American Confederate general (Born 1825)
2nd of April 1872 DEATH Samuel F. B. Morse, American painter and inventor of the telegraph (Born 1791)
2nd of April 1891 DEATH Albert Pike, American Confederate Brigadier General, envoy, author, attorney, and Freemason (Born 1809)
2nd of April 1902 DEATH Esther Morris, suffragist and first female American judge (Born 1814)
2nd of April 1914 DEATH Paul von Heyse, German writer, Nobel laureate (Born 1830)
2nd of April 1922 DEATH Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychologist (Born 1884)
2nd of April 1928 DEATH Theodore William Richards, American chemist, Nobel laureate (Born 1868)
2nd of April 1930 DEATH Empress Zauditu of Ethiopia (Born 1876)
2nd of April 1936 DEATH Jean-Baptiste Eugene Estienne, French general (Born 1860)
2nd of April 1953 DEATH Hugo Sperrle, German field marshal (Born 1885)
2nd of April 1958 DEATH Tudor Davies, Welsh operatic tenor (Born 1892)
2nd of April 1958 DEATH Josei Toda, Japanese second president of the Buddhist association Soka Gakkai (Born 1900)
2nd of April 1966 DEATH C. S. Forester, English author (Born 1899)
2nd of April 1972 DEATH Franz Halder, German general (Born 1884)
2nd of April 1972 DEATH Gil Hodges, American baseball player and manager (Born 1924)
2nd of April 1972 DEATH Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Japanese Martial Arts Grandmaster (Born 1887)
2nd of April 1974 DEATH Georges Pompidou, President of France (Born 1911)
2nd of April 1977 DEATH Walter Wolf, German politician (Born 1907)
2nd of April 1987 DEATH Buddy Rich, American drummer (Born 1917)
2nd of April 1992 DEATH Juan Gomez Gonzalez, Spanish football player (Born 1954)
2nd of April 1992 DEATH Tomisaburo Wakayama, Japanese actor (Born 1929)
2nd of April 1994 DEATH Betty Furness, American actress (Born 1916)
2nd of April 1995 DEATH Hannes Alfven, Swedish physicist (Born 1908)
2nd of April 1995 DEATH Harvey Penick, American golf instructor (Born 1904)
2nd of April 1998 DEATH Rob Pilatus, American model and entertainer (Milli Vanilli) (Born 1965)
2nd of April 2000 DEATH Tommaso Buscetta, Sicilian mafioso and pentito (Born 1928)
2nd of April 2001 DEATH Charles Daudelin, Canadian artist (Born 1920)
2nd of April 2001 DEATH Jennifer Syme, American actress (Born 1972)
2nd of April 2003 DEATH Edwin Starr, American singer (Born 1942)
2nd of April 2004 DEATH John Argyris, Greek aeronautical engineer (Born 1913)
2nd of April 2005 DEATH Pope John Paul II (Born 1920)
2nd of April 2006 DEATH Nina Schenk Grafin von Stauffenberg, German widow of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg (Born 1913)
2nd of April 2007 DEATH Paul Reed, American actor (Born 1909)
2nd of April 2010 DEATH Chris Kanyon, American wrestler (Born 1970)
2nd of April 2010 DEATH Mike Cuellar, Cuban baseball player (Born 1937)
2nd of April 2010 DEATH Thomas J. Moyer, American jurist, Chief Justice Supreme Court of Ohio (Born 1939)

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