April 2 Events in History - April 2 Birthdays - April 2 Deaths
2015 A 37-year-old man from South Carolina is rescued 500 miles from home after 66 days lost at sea; Louis Jordan had been in an antique 35-foot sailboat fishing in the open sea when the boat capsized in a storm, and he survived on fish and rainwater
2014 Greenpeace releases its annual energy efficiency report praising several Internet companies, including Apple, which scored poorly a couple of years ago; Amazon was noted as lagging behind in use of renewable energy for its data centers
2014 The U.S. National Security Agency confirms that it has been using a legal loophole to search phone calls and emails of Americans without a warrant
2013 James Hansen, a top scientist and professor from NASA, retires in order to concentrate on global warming activism
2013 The Arms Trade Treaty, the first-ever bill to regulate the global trade in conventional weapons, is passed by the U.N. General Assembly
2012 Data from the 1940 U.S. census is released including information on 132 million people
2012 Three widows and two daughters of Osama bin Laden were charged with illegally living in Pakistan; they were sentenced with 45 days in jail and fined $114 each
2011 Pro- and anti-carbon tax rallies are attended by thousands in Sydney, Australia
2011 Japan's Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, visits areas devastated by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami
2010 Two men on motorcycles fatally shot Pedro Alcantara de Souza, a Brazilian land reform activist, five times in the head while he tried to ride his bicycle in Para
2009 At the 21st NATO Summit, new Secretary General, former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, is appointed
2007 8.1 earthquake triggers tsunami in the Solomon Islands
2001 63rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: at Metrodome Minneapolis
2000 19th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: at Corel State Spectrum
1998 World Mens Figure Skating Championship in Minnesota
1997 "Doll's House," opens at Belasco Theater New York City
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
1995 14th NCAA Women's Basketball Champion: University of Ct Huskies beats Tennessee 70-64
1995 7th Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus
1995 Baseball season opener delayed until April 26
1995 New York Police Department and New York Transit Police merge into one organization
1995 North and Western Colorado begins using new area code 970
1995 Owners accept baseball players proposal, agree to start season 4/26
1995 Sunday New York Times raises price from $2.00 to $2.50
1995 Wrestlemania XI in Conn-Lawrence Taylor defeats Bam Bam Bigelow
1994 1st exhibition game played at Jacobs Field, Pirates beat Indians, 6-4
1993 1st test flight of Fokker 70 in Amsterdam
1993 Venezuelan DC-10 crashes at Margarita, killing 10
1992 "Hamlet" opens at Criterion Theater New York City for 45 performances
1992 Edith Cresson, France's 1st female premier, resigns
1992 John Gotti found guilty in death of Paul Castallanos
1992 Space Shuttle STS-45, Atlantis 11, lands
1991 Rotterdam Daily Newspaper begins publishing
1990 52nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Nevada-LV beats Duke 103-73
1989 18th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Juli Inkster
1989 8th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Auburn 76-60
1989 Wrestlemania V at Trump Plaza, Hulk Hogan beats "Macho Man" Savage
1989 Yankees beat Mets 4-0, sweeping 1989 mayor's trophy series in 2 games
1988 Simply Majestic sets horse racing's 1-1/8 mile record at 1:45
1988 Test Cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, WI vs. Pakistan, Georgetown
1987 "Mikado" opens at Virginia Theater New York City for 46 performances
1987 Doc Gooden undergoes cocaine rehabilitation
1987 IBM introduces PS/2 and OS/2
1986 4 U.S. passengers killed by bomb at TWA counter Athens Airport Greece
1986 George Corley Wallace, Governor, Democrat, Alabama, announces retirement plans
1986 NCAA adopts 3-point basketball rule (19 feet 9 inch distance)
1985 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1984 46th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: Georgetown beats Houston 84-75
1982 Argentina seizes Malvinas, also known as the Falkland Islands
1982 In exhibition game A's pitcher Steve McCatty comes to bat using a 15" toy bat (under Billy Martins orders), protesting disallowing of DH
1981 Belgium's 4th government of Martens resigns
1981 Heavy battle between Christian militia and Syrian army in East Lebanon
1980 Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st teenager to score 50 goals in a season
1979 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin visits President Sadat in Cairo
1978 7th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
1978 Basil Williams scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, vs. Australia Georgetown
1978 TV show "Dallas" premieres on CBS (as a 5 week mini-series)
1978 Velcro was 1st put on the market
1977 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors," album goes to #1 and stays #1 for 31 weeks
1977 Mont Canadiens set NHL record of 34 straight home games without a lose
1976 Cambodia Khieu Sampan succeeds prince Sihanouk as premier
1976 Portuguese constitution assumed
1976 A's trade prospective free agents Reggie Jackson and Ken Holtzman, to Orioles for Don Baylor, Mike Torrez and Paul Mitchell
1974 46th Academy Awards - "Stng," Glenda Jackson and Jack Lemmon win
1974 Arganat Commission publishes report concerning Yom Kippur War
1974 Tony Greig takes 8-86 vs. WI Port-of-Spain (later 5-70 in 2nd inn)
1973 CBS radio begins on hour news 24 hours a day
1973 Ed Kemper stuffs mother's throat in disposal
1973 ITT pleads guilty to asking CIA to affect Chilean President election
1972 44th Academy Awards - "French Connection," G Hackman and Jane Fonda win
1972 Tennessee Williams' "Small Craft Warnings," premieres in New York City
1971 Sci-fi soap opera "Dark Shadows" concludes an almost 5 year run
1970 Meghalaya becomes autonomous state within India's Assam state
1970 Qatar gains independence from Britain
1970 2 men begin ascent of south face of Annapurna I, highest final stage in a wall climb in world
1969 Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)
1968 Beatles form Python Music Ltd.
1968 Chad creates Union of Central African States
1968 Senator Mccarthy wins Democratic primaries in Wisconsin
1967 Actress Lynn Redgrave marries John Clark
1967 Susie Maxwell wins LPGA Louise Suggs Golf Invitational
1966 Soviet Union's Luna 10 becomes 1st spacecraft to orbit Moon
1966 WJET TV channel 24 in Erie, Pennsylvania (ABC) begins broadcasting
1965 Hochhuths play "Stellvertreter" banned in Italy
1964 Josef Klaus succeeds Alfons Gorbach as chancellor of Austria
1964 Military coup in Brazil by General Castello Branco, President Goulart ousted
1964 U.S.S.R. launches Zond 1 to Venus; no data returned
1963 Explorer 17 attains Earth orbit (254/914 km)
1963 U.S.S.R. launches Luna 4; missed Moon by 8,500 km
1960 Cuba buys oil from U.S.S.R.
1960 KPEC TV channel 56 in Lakewood Center-Tacoma, WA (PBS) 1st broadcast
1958 Antillean Brewery, maker of Amstel beer, opens
1958 National Advisory Council on Aeronautics renamed NASA
1958 Wind speed reaches 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, Texas (record)
1956 Peter Ustinovs' "Romanoff and Juliet," premieres in Manchester
1956 Soap operas "As the World Turns" and "Edge of Night" premieres on TV
1955 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
1955 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
1955 Pancho Gonzales retains tennis title by winning a tournament playing under table tennis rules
1954 Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced
1953 Raab forms his 1st government in Austria
1950 WTAR (now WTKR) TV channel 3 in Norfolk, Virginia (CBS) begins broadcasting
1947 Carlo Terron's "Il diamente del profeta," premieres in Rome
1945 1st U.S. units reach east coast of Okinawa
1944 CPI-leader Palmiro Togliatti returns to Italy
1944 Dmitri Shostakovich' 8th Symphony, premieres in New York
1944 Soviet Army marches into pro-German Romania
1941 USS Hornet with Jimmy Doolittles B-25 departs from SF
1939 6th Golf Masters Championship: Ralph Guldahl wins, shooting a 279
1935 Mary Hirsch, becomes 1st woman licensed as a horse trainer
1935 Sir Watson-Watt patents RADAR
1932 Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for kidnapped son
1931 Teenage girl strikes out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee
1930 1st NewYork - Bermuda airplane flight lands in Bermuda
1926 Riots between Moslems and Hindus in Calcutta
1921 Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new theory of relativity
1917 Jeannette Rankin becomes 1st women member of U.S. House of Representatives
1917 President Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany
1916 German troops overtake Bois de Caillette
1912 Sun Yet Sen forms Guomindang-Party in China
1912 Titanic undergoes sea trials under its own power
1908 Mills Committee declares baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday
1906 South Africa complete a 4-1 series drubbing of England
1905 Cairo-Capetown railway opens
1902 1st motion picture theater opens in Los Angeles
1902 Soccer team MVV '02 forms in Maastricht
1900 1st edition of The Volk published in Amsterdam
1884 London prison for debtors closed
1883 Battle at Bamako: French assault on Fabous arm forces attack
1878 1st issue of Rotterdam's Newspaper
1877 1st Easter egg roll held on White House lawn
1876 Philadelphia A's and Boston Red Caps play 1st NL game, in Phila
1872 George B Brayton patents gasoline powered engine
1870 Victoria Woodhull is 1st woman to be nominated for U.S. president
1866 President Johnson ends war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia
1865 Battle of Petersburg, Virginia (Ft. Gregg, Sutherland's Station)
1865 CSA President Jefferson Davis flees Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia
1865 Battle of Ft. Blakely AL and Selma AL
1864 Skirmish at Crump's Hill (Piney Woods), Louisiana
1864 Skirmish at Spoonville/Antoine, Arkansas
1863 Bread revolt in Richmond Virginia
1860 1st Italian Parliament met at Turin
1845 H L Fizeau and J Leon Foucault take 1st photo of Sun
1827 Joseph Dixon begins manufacturing lead pencils
1819 1st successful agricultural journal ("American Farmer") begins
1800 1st performance of Ludwig von Beethoven's 1st Symphony in C
1792 Congress establishes Philadelphia mint
1792 U.S. authorizes $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle and 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins and silver dollar, dollar, quarter, dime and half-dime
1745 Austria and Bavaria sign peace
1645 Robert Devereux resigns as parliament supreme commander
1595 Cornelis de Houtman's ships depart to Asia through Cape of Good Hope
1590 States-General appoints earl Mauritius, viceroy of Utrecht
1559 England/France signs 1st Treaty of Le Cateau-Cambresis
1550 Jews are expelled from Genoa Italy
1513 Florida discovered, claimed for Spain by Ponce de Leon
1416 Alfonso V succeeds his father as king of Aragon
999 Gerbert of Aurillac elected as 1st French Pope