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Historical Events on April 2

  • American Civil War


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

  • American Civil War


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

  • Vietnam War


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

  • Jimmy Carter


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

  • Alabama


    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.

  • Soviet Union


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

  • New York (state)


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

  • Israel


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