Holidays Calendar for April 2, 2016

Day of the Veterans and Fallen of the Malvinas War, typically referred to as Malvinas Day, is a public holiday in Argentina. It is observed annually on April 2.

On the 13th day of the month of Farvardin, Iranians celebrate a festival known as Sizdah Be-dar, also referred to as Nature Day. It is a public holiday in Iran that falls on April 2 in the Gregorian calendar.

International Children's Book Day is an annual event organized by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). It is observed on April 2 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen, a prominent Danish writer best known for his fairy tales.

Unity of Peoples of Russia and Belarus Day is an annual holiday celebrated in the Russian Federation and Republic of Belarus on April 2. It commemorates the creation of the Commonwealth of Belarus and Russia in 1996 and the Union of Belarus and Russia in 1997.

Thai Heritage Conservation Day is an annual observance in Thailand held on April 2. It has been celebrated since 1985.

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich is an iconic American dish. Celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day on April 2 in honor of the best breakfast and lunch sandwich ever.

World Autism Awareness Day is a global awareness day observed annually on April 2. It was established by the UN General Assembly in 2007, and the first observance took place in 2008.


This Day in History

  • 2012 Seven people were killed and three injured by a 43-year-old One L, Goh, a former student of the university, in a mas shooting at Oikos University at Oakland, California.
  • 2005 Died: Pope John Paul II. He was the pope of the Catholic Church from 1978 till his death, thus the second longest-serving pope in modern history. John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope since 1523.
  • 2004 The Islamic terrorists attempted to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid. The attack was thwarted.
  • 1995 Died: Hannes Alfvén, Swedish physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery and description of magnetohydrodynamics waves.
  • 1995 Died: Harvey Penick, American golfer and coach. He coached many Hall of Fame players, such as Tom Kite, Mickey Wright, Ben Crenshaw, Betsy Rawls and Kathy Whitworth. Penick became a best-selling writer for Harvey Penick's Little Red Book, filled with easily understood anecdotes.
  • 1989 Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader, arrived in Havana, Cuba, to meet with Fidel Castro in attempt to mend strained relations.
  • 1985 Born: Stéphane Lambiel, Swiss figure skater and choreographer, a two-time World Champion, a two-time Grand Prix Champion and a nine-time Swiss national champion. He is known for his spins and credited with popularizing some spin positions.
  • 1977 Born: Michael Fassbender, Irish-German actor, best-known for roles as Magneto in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past and as slave owner Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave.
  • 1975 Thousands of civilian refugees fled from Quảng Ngãi Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.
  • 1975 The construction of the CN Tower was completed in Toronto, Canada. The tower reached 1,815.4 ft (533.33 m) high, thus becoming the tallest free-standing structure in the world. It kept its record for 34 years till the completion of Burj Khalifa in the UAE and Canton Tower in China.
  • 1974 Died: Georges Pompidou, French politician. He was the Prime Minister of France from 1962 till 1968, thus becoming the Prime Minister who held the longest tenure in this position. He became the President of France in 1969 and held this position till his death.
  • 1972 Charlie Chaplin returned to the USA for the fist time since being labeled a communist during the Res Scare in the early 1950s.
  • 1966 Died: C. S. Forester, Egyptian-American author, best known for the 12-book Horatio Hornblower series, depicting a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic era, The African Queen, A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours.
  • 1933 Died: Ranjitsinhji, Indian cricketer, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He invented and popularized the leg glance shot.
  • 1928 Died: Theodore William Richards, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate for exact determinations of the atomic weights of numerous chemical elements.
  • 1917 The president of the USA Woodrow Wilson asked the U.S Congress to declare war on Germany.
  • 1914 Died: Paul Heyse, German author, Nobel Prize laureate "as a tribute to the consummate artistry, permeated with idealism, which he has demonstrated during his long productive career as a lyric poet, dramatist, novelist and writer of world-renowned short stories".
  • 1914 Born: Alec Guinness, English actor, best remembered as Obi-Wan Kenobi in original Star Wars trilogy. Among his other notable works are Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Lavender Hill Mob, The Prisoner, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Tunes of Glory.
  • 1911 The first national census was conducted in Australia by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
  • 1891 Born: Max Ernst, German painter, sculptor, and poet. He was a prolific artist who pioneered the movements of Dada and Surrealism.
  • 1880 Ludwig van Beethoven led the premier of this First Symphony in Vienna.
  • 1875 Born: Walter Chrysler, American businessman, founder of Chrysler, an American automobile manufacturer, nowadays owned by Italian automaker Fiat.
  • 1872 Died: Samuel Morse, American painter and inventor, best remembered as the inventor of the Morse code.
  • 1851 Rama IV was crowned King of Thailand. He is regarded as one of the most revered monarchs of the country.
  • 1840 Born: Émile Zola, French author and critic, the most well-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism. He became an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism.
  • 1814 Born: Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American inventor of weaving machines. He invented a machine to manufacture piping cord, looms capable of weaving two-ply ingrain carpets and coach lace.
  • 1805 Born: Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author and poet, best remembered for his fairy tales The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, The Nightingale, The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor's New Clothes.
  • 1725 Born: Giacomo Casanova, Italian explorer and author. His autobiography Histoire de ma vie (Story of My Life) is regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the customs and norms of the European social life in the 18th century.
  • 1647 Born: Maria Sibylla Merian, German-Dutch botanist, known for numerous contributions to the field of entomology. Merian's portrait was printed on the 500 Deutsche Mark note before Germany converted to the euro.
  • 1640 Died: Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski, Polish author and poet. He was most prominent Latin poet of the 17th century and a renowned theoretician of poetics.