April 2 is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 273 days remaining.

  1. 69 - Galba, governor of Hispania, names himself legatus senatus populique Romani, breaking the line of Roman emperors begun with Julius Caesar and Augustus.
  2. 1453 - Mehmed II begins his siege of Constantinople (Istanbul), which would fall on May 29.
  3. 1513 - Juan Ponce de Leon sets foot on Florida becoming the first known European to do so.
  4. 1755 - Commodore William James captures pirate fortress of Suvarnadurg on west coast of India.
  5. 1792 - The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint.
  6. 1801 - Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Copenhagen - The British destroy the Danish fleet.
  7. 1804 - Forty merchantmen are wrecked when a convoy led by HMS Apollo runs aground off Portugal
  8. 1863 - Richmond Bread Riot: Food shortages incite hundreds of angry women to riot in Richmond, Virginia and demand the Confederate government to release emergency supplies.
  9. 1865 - American Civil War: Siege of Petersburg broken - Union troops capture the trenches around Petersburg, Virginia, forcing Confederate General Robert E. Lee to retreat.
  10. 1865 - American Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet flee the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
  11. 1900 - The Foraker Act passes through Congress, giving Puerto Ricans limited self-rule.
  12. 1902 - Dmitry Sipyagin, Minister of Interior of the Russian Empire, is assassinated by a terrorist in the Marie Palace, St Petersburg.
  13. 1902 - "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California.
  14. 1917 - World War I: U.S. President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany.
  15. 1917 - The first woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress, Jeannette Rankin, takes her seat as a representative from Montana.
  16. 1930 - Haile Selassie is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia.
  17. 1956 - As the World Turns and The Edge of Night first aired on the CBS network in the United States, as the first half-hour serial dramas.
  18. 1972 - Actor Charlie Chaplin returns to the United States for the first time since being labeled a communist in the early 1950s during the Red Scare.
  19. 1972 - Vietnam War: Easter Offensive begins - North Vietnamese soldiers of the 304th Division take the northern half of Quang Tri Province.
  20. 1973 - Launch of LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
  21. 1975 - Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quang Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.
  22. 1975 - CN Tower completed in Toronto Ontario Canada: reaches 553.33 metres in height, becoming the world's tallest free-standing structure
  23. 1980 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs the Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act in an effort to help the U.S. economy rebound.
  24. 1982 - Falklands War: 1982 invasion of the Falkland Islands by Argentina. The disputed islands are later retaken by the United Kingdom.
  25. 1984 - Sqn Ldr Rakesh Sharma is launched aboard Soyuz T-11, and becomes the first Indian in space.
  26. 1989 - Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in Havana, Cuba to meet with Fidel Castro in an attempt to mend strained relations.
  27. 1992 - In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering and is later sentenced to life in prison.
  28. 1992 - Pierre Bérégovoy becomes Prime Minister of France.
  29. 2002 - Israeli forces surrounded the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians retreated. A siege ensues.
  30. 2004 - Islamist terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks attempt a thwarted bombing of the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid.
  31. 2005 - Pope John Paul II dies. Hundreds of millions of Catholics and non-Catholics mourn worldwide.
  32. 2005 - James Stewart Jr. becomes first African American to win a major motorsports event.
  33. 2006 - Over 60 tornadoes breakout, hardest hit is Tennessee with 29 people killed.