Thursday 2 April 2015, 07:28:07
2 April 742
: Charlemagne, king of the Franks, is born probably on this date possibly around Liège.
2 April 1118
: Baldwin of Boulogne, one of the leaders of the First Crusade, second king of Jerusalem after his brother Godfrey of Bouillon and the first to style himself king, dies in Al-Arish, Egypt, aged around 60.
2 April 1513
: Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon becomes the first European to set foot on Florida.
2 April 1595
: To break the Portuguese spice trade monopoly four heavily armed ships with 248 men commanded by Cornelis Houtman set sail from Texel on the first Dutch voyage to the Indies, sponsored by the Compagnie van Verre, forerunner of the Dutch East India Company.
2 April 1800
: Beethoven's first symphony premieres in Vienna's Burgtheater at a concert also featuring a symphony by Mozart and works by his teacher Haydn.
2 April 1805
: Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author of “The emperor's new clothes”, “The little mermaid” and other popular stories, is born in Odense.
2 April 1840
: Émile Zola, French writer, is born in Paris.
2 April 1872
: Samuel Morse, American inventor, dies in New York at age 80.
2 April 1982
: Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.
2 April 1987
: The IBM Personal System/2 (PS/2) line of second-generation personal computers is released to the consumer market.
2 April 2005
: John Paul II, serving the second longest pontificate in history for 26 years and 168 days, dies in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City at age 84.