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History Events on April 02

Jimmy Carter
United States President Jimmy Carter signs the Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act.


Australian Bureau of Statistics
The Australian Bureau of Statistics conducts the country's first national census.


Norodom Sihanouk
Prince Norodom Sihanouk resigns as leader of Cambodia and is placed under house arrest.


Charlie Chaplin
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.


Islamist terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks attempt to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid; the attack is thwarted.


Autonomous Government of Khorasan
The Autonomous Government of Khorasan, a military government encompassing the modern state of Iran, is established.


2014 Fort Hood shooting
A spree shooting occurs at the Fort Hood army base in Texas, with four dead, including the gunman, and 16 others injured.


Juan Ponce de León
Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León first sights land in what is now the United States state of Florida.


United States Congress
The United States Congress passes the Foraker Act, giving Puerto Rico limited self-rule.


Coinage Act of 1792
The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint.


New York (state)
In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering and is later sentenced to life in prison.


Third Battle of Petersburg
American Civil War: Defeat at the Third Battle of Petersburg forces the Army of Northern Virginia and the Confederate government to abandon Richmond, Virginia.


Movie theater
"Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles.


Rama IV is crowned King of Thailand.


Alabama governor George Wallace, a former segregationist, best known for the "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door", announces that he will not seek a fifth four-year term and will retire from public life upon the end of his term in January 1987.


American Civil War
American Civil War: The largest in a series of Southern bread riots occurs in Richmond, Virginia.


World War I
World War I: United States President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany.


Soviet Union
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in Havana, Cuba, to meet with Fidel Castro in an attempt to mend strained relations.


Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated.


Commodore (Royal Navy)
Commodore William James captures the Maratha fortress of Suvarnadurg on west coast of India.


French Revolutionary Wars
French Revolutionary Wars: The British capture the Danish fleet.


Over 60 tornadoes break out in the United States; Tennessee is hardest hit with 29 people killed.


Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven leads the premiere of his First Symphony in Vienna.


Garissa University College attack
Gunmen attack Garissa University College in Kenya, killing at least 148 people and wounding 79 others.


Hatton Garden safe deposit burglary
Four men steal items worth up to £200 million from an underground safe deposit facility in London's Hatton Garden area in what has been called the "largest burglary in English legal history."


Vietnam War
Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from Qu?ng Ngãi Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.


After the mysterious death of Empress Zewditu, Haile Selassie is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia.


Falklands War
Falklands War: Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.


Dmitry Sipyagin
Dmitry Sipyagin, Minister of Interior of the Russian Empire, is assassinated in the Marie Palace, Saint Petersburg.


A mass shooting at Oikos University in California leaves seven people dead and three injured.
Forty-two civilians were massacred in the town of Bijeljina in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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.
ASUS corporation was founded.
A Soviet bio-warfare laboratory at Sverdlovsk accidentally releases airborne anthrax spores, killing 66 plus an unknown amount of livestock.
Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
As the World Turns and The Edge of Night premiere on CBS. The two soaps become the first daytime dramas to debut in the 30-minute format.
The ill-fated RMS Titanic begins sea trials.
Canadian Cree warriors attack the village of Frog Lake, killing nine.
The Treaty of Constantinople establishes the Septinsular Republic, the first autonomous Greek state since the Fall of the Byzantine Empire.