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A mass shooting at Oikos University at Oakland, CA

On April 2, 2012, 43-year-old One L. Goh opened fire in a classroom at Oikos University. Former student's act left seven people dead and another three injured, making him the fourth-deadliest university shooter in United States history. Goh was later sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences on July 14, 2017.

Tornado outbreak

It was a series of tornadoes that occurred during the late afternoon and evening. It was the deadliest tornado outbreak in the United States since the May 2003. There were 28 people killed by tornado outbreak plus two other deaths from straight-line winds. The most notable tornadoes of the outbreak struck northeastern Arkansas, and West Tennessee.

The 264th Pope John Paul II dies at 84

In his last months, John Paul II suffered from breathing problems and later also urinary tract infection. This caused him to develop septic shock. Soon after, he spoke his last words in his residence, after which he fell into a coma. Following this, he died of heart failure and was subsequently buried in St. Peter's Basilica.


The Vancouver Grizzlies setting an NBA single-season record

Vancouver Grizzlies, in their first year of existence, managed to lose 23 consecutive games in a single season. The team with Byron Scott on the roster set the record for the longest losing streak on 2nd April 1996. This record was since beaten by the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 11, 2011 when they lost their 26th consecutive game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Video game Final Fantasy VI is released

Final Fantasy VI is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The game's story centers on a group of rebels as they seek to overthrow an imperial dictatorship. It features 14 permanent playable characters, the most of any game in the main series.


WrestleMania V

WrestleMania V took place at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The main event was Hulk Hogan versus Randy Savage for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship billed "The Mega Powers Explode" which Hogan won after a leg drop.

Velcro patent expires

The hook and loop fastener became free everybody who wanted to manufacture its imitations. Original Velcro was invented in 1948 by Swiss engineer Georges de Mestral. He used to go for hikes to the mountains and noticed how thistle burrs clung to clothing. The name Velcro comes from French. “Vel” stands for velvet and “cro” for crochet which means hook.

"Dallas" premieres on CBS

Dallas is an American soap opera, which revolves around a wealthy and feuding Texas family, the Ewings, who own the independent oil company Ewing Oil and the cattle-ranching land of Southfork. With its 357 episodes, Dallas remains one of the longest lasting full-hour prime time dramas in American TV history.

The 46th Academy Awards

The 46th Academy Awards took place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, and were hosted by Burt Reynolds, Diana Ross, John Huston, and David Niven. The Sting won 7 awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for George Roy Hill.

French president Georges Pompidou dies at 62

Former prime minister and President of France died while still in the office. His death was caused by cancer, affecting B cells. The funeral service took place at Notre-Dame, in Paris. He was subsequently buried at Orvilliers Cemetery. France withdrew from the Eurovision that took place 4 days after his death.

Tennessee Williams' "Small Craft Warnings" premieres in NYC

Small Craft Warnings by Tennessee Williams focuses on a motley group of people gathered in a seedy coastal bar in Southern California. The play premiered at the Off-Broadway Truck and Warehouse Theatre. It cast Helena Carroll as Leona and William Hickey as Steve.


Baseball player and manager Gil Hodges dies

Gil Hodges played most of his 18-year career for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was an All-Star for eight seasons and a Gold Glove Award winner for three consecutive seasons. Hodges dies of heart attack at age 57. He was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1982.

"Dark Shadows" concludes an almost 5 year run

Dark Shadows is an American Gothic soap opera following the lives, loves, trials and tribulations of the wealthy Collins family. The series features vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and other supernatural characters. The original network run of the show lasted for nearly 5 years, producing 1,225 episodes.

The sci-fi movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" premieres

2001: A Space Odyssey is a science fiction film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. A novel also called 2001: A Space Odyssey was published soon after the film was released. The film was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, winning one for Best Visual Effects.

The Beatles top the UK singles chart with "Can't Buy Me Love"

Can't Buy Me Love was composed by Paul McCartney and released by the Beatles. The song is included on the band's 3rd studio album A Hard Day's Night. The Rolling Stone magazine ranks the song at number 295 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

As the World Turns and The Edge of Night premiere on CBS-TV

As the World Turns and The Edge of Night both premiered on the same day, April 2, 1956, in a new 30-minute running time format. Prior to this, people were used to 15-minute segments instead. As the World Turns was the most watched daytime drama from 1958 to 1978, with the last episode airing on September 17, 2010.

Singer Marvin Gaye is born

Marvin Gaye is known for songs such as Ain't That Peculiar, I Heard It Through the Grapevine or Sexual Healing. He was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Radar patent

Robert Watson-Watt was granted a patent for his new device, the RADAR. Watson-Watt originally worked as a meteorologist. He wanted to use radio signals to map out the position of thunderstorms. Between 1934-1939 many nations, including Germany, developed similar systems. British design was most successful.

Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for his kidnapped son

Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr. 20-month-old son of aviator Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh was abducted from his home in Highfields, New Jersey. The child body was discovered nearby on 12th May.

French physician Jacques Miller is born

Miller is famous for his discovery of the purpose of the thymus gland. It was considered a cemetery of white blood cells. He discovered, that thymus is placed, where T cells are made from immature white blood cells. He also described two main subsets of white blood cells and their function.


17 year old girl strikes out Babe Ruth

The NY Yankees and the Chattanooga Lookouts were scheduled to play an exhibition game. Mitchell was brought in to pitch during the first inning. After taking a ball, Ruth swung and missed at the next two pitches. Mitchell's fourth pitch to Ruth was a called third strike.

Ras Tafari Makonnen becomes Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia

When the Ethiopian empress Zewditu died, few days after her husband Gugsa Welle, regent Tafari rose to an emperor. However, he was officially crowned and proclaimed „King of Kings of Ethiopia“ several months later. Emissaries from a number of countries, just as well as many royals and dignitaries were present at the event.

US President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany

After several American ships were sunk by Germany, Wilson delivered his „War Message“ to Congress. He asked the Congress Germany's actions as an act of war and proposed the US to enter the war in response. Both the cabinet and the Congress were in favor of war, which meant that the declaration passed by strong majority.

Actor Alec Guinness is born

Alec Guinness is known for his 6 collaborations with David Lean, and for his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas's original Star Wars trilogy. During his career, he won an Academy Award, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a Tony Award. In 1959, he was knighted by Elizabeth II for services to the arts.

The ill-fated RMS Titanic begins sea trials

Titanic's sea trials began 2 days after her fitting out was finished, and 8 days before leaving Southampton on her maiden voyage. The sea trials consisted of a number tests of her handling characteristics, carried out first in Belfast Lough and then in the open waters of the Irish Sea.

"Electric Theatre" opens in Los Angeles

Electric Theatre in Los Angeles was opened to the public as the first permanent movie theater designed specifically for the exhibition of films by Thomas Lincoln Tally. The Electric Theatre gained massive popularity, as both day and night showings regularly completely sold out.

Walter Chrysler is born

Walter Chrysler was an American automotive industry executive and founder of Chrysler Corporation, which he founded in 1925. In 1928, Chrysler was named Time magazine's Man of the Year, and in 1967, he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

The Battle of Fort Blakeley

Battle of Fort Blakeley was the final major battle during the American Civil War. It took place In Baldwin County, Alabama. Major General Edward Canby led his forces, consisting of 16,000 men against the garrison with only roughly 4,000 defenders. With sheer numbers, the Union forced the fort to surrender.

Author Hans Christian Andersen is born

Hans Christian Andersen, a Danish author, is best known for his fairy tales, including The Little Mermaid, The Nightingale, The Snow Queen, The Emperor's New Clothes, or The Little Match Girl. His stories have inspired ballets, plays, and films.

The Battle of Copenhagen

A naval battle occurred near Copenhagen when British fleet attempted to enter the harbor. Danish-Norwegian navy which was stationed in the city's inlet formed a blockade. Since most of the Danish forces were formed from volunteers and their ships were not equipped as good as British, the Brits emerged victorious from the conflict.

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

Ludwig van Beethoven hired the Burgtheater in Vienna to premiere his First Symphony and play other works, such as one of Mozart's symphonies and pieces from Beethoven's teacher Haydn's oratorio The Creation, as well as his own Septet and Piano Concerto No. 2.

US dollar adopted as the country's standard unit of money

The Coinage Act, passed by the US Congress established the silver dollar as the unit of money in the USA and pegged it to the value of the widely used Spanish silver dollar. The act also established the United States Mint and regulated the coinage of the USA.

Arakan earthquake of 8.8 magnitude

One of the largest earthquakes in history hit the region of today's Bangladesh and Burma on April 2, 1762. The Arakan earthquake reached magnitude of as high as 8.8 on the magnitude scale. A tsunami was set off by the earthquake, causing over 200 deaths.

Writer and famous lover Giacomo Casanova is born

Giacomo Casanova, an adventurer, and author from the Republic of Venice is famous for his affairs with women. His autobiography, Histoire de ma vie, belongs to the most authentic sources of the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th century.

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