1879 – Born on April 2, Aleksandër Moisiu, was an Austrian actor of Albanian origin. Moses’s field of action encompassed the entire spectrum of European theater literature, from ancient Greek tragedy to modern times. His performances of Hamlet, Oedipus, Jedermann and Fedja in Leon Tolstoy’s The Living Corpse became very popular. He was considered especially in the years before the start of the First World War, as one of the greatest actors in the German-speaking space. In the period between the two wars there was a lot of time on tour. In Berlin he acted at this time only as a guest. His acting style was considered obsolete here and could no longer be measured by theatrical developments such as expressionism, or the political theater of Brecht or Piscator. From 1910 to 1935 he participated in 10 film productions, 8 of which were silent films. In 1935, shortly before his death, Moisiu sought the citizenship of Albania as well as that of Italy. Albania rejected this request, while Italy granted citizenship to Moses, when he was lying on his deathbed.
1902 – The first full-time film theater in the United States opens in Los Angeles. The Tally Electric Theater is ranked as the first permanent cinema specially created for the film exhibition. It was inaugurated in the spring of 1902 by Thomas Lincoln Tally in Los Angeles. This theater would be a revolution in terms of the early twentieth century.
1933 – George Conrad is born in Hajdubihar. Konrad, was a Hungarian novelist and essayist, known as an advocate of individual freedom. Some of Konrad’s works are The Case Worker, The City Builder, The Loser, A Feast in the Garden, The Stone Dial. For his published works, he was honored with the highest state medals and orders given by France, Hungary, and Germany.
1976 – Prince Norodom Sihanouk resigns as a Cambodian leader and is forced into house arrest. The act came after the Communist Red Khmer Rouge of Pol Pot announced the creation of the Democratic Republic. Sihanouk would be forced to take the path of temporary removal from his country, as the horrific dictatorship of the Red Khmer would cause thousands of innocent victims.
1980 – US President Jimmy Carter signs the Wild Oil Profit Tax Act. The act was part of a compromise between the Carter administration and Congress on controlling crude oil prices. The act was intended to recover revenues earned by oil producers as a result of the sharp rise in oil prices brought about by the OPEC oil embargo.
1982 – Argentina invades the Falkland Islands, or Malvinas, as they are known in Spanish. Coded as Operation Rosario, this invasion served as a catalyst for the subsequent Falklands War. The Argentines mounted amphibious landings and the invasion ended with the surrender of the Government House of Falkland. The Argentines would withdraw from the islands after two and a half months of war with Great Britain.
1991 – The last massacre of communism in Albania. An event happened that shook Shkodra. During the anti-communist demonstration held in Shkodra, four young people were killed by the police: Arben Broci, Nazmi Kryeziu, Bujar Bishanaku and Besnik Ceka, also known as the “Martyrs of April”. Exactly after the March elections, even though the bust of Enver Hoxha was torn down in Tirana a few months ago, the authoritarian state continued to stand. Protesters stormed the Labor Party Committee building and threw documents from windows into the courtyard. Some of them were set on fire, while others were torn and trampled. Then the crowds can be seen in the main square, which today bears the name “April 2”, where the 4 martyrs of democracy were killed.
1992 – In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of active murder and corruption. He was later sentenced to life in prison. Gotti was an Italian-American gangster who became the head of the Gambino crime family in New York City. He quickly became one of the biggest winners of the crime family and a Gambino Aniello Dellacroce family contractor operating outside the Queens Ozone Park neighborhood.
2005 – Karol Wojtyla, 84, also known as Pope John Paul II, dies at the age of 84. John Paul II was president of the Catholic and sovereign Church of the Vatican City State from 1978 to 2005. He will be remembered as one of the most famous and influential religious leaders in the world. Wojtyla would witness the rise and fall of two of the most horrific regimes known to mankind, Nazism, and communism.