About May 2

May 2, 2020 is the 123rd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 243 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Taurus is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 286 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 2

  • 1230
    William de Braose is hanged by Prince Llywelyn the Great.
  • 1568
    Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle.
  • 1611
    King James Bible is published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker.
  • 1672
    John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.
  • 1866
    Peruvian defenders fight off Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao.
  • 1885
    Good Housekeeping magazine goes on sale for the first time.
  • 1906
    Closing ceremony of the Intercalated Games in Athens, Greece.
  • 1918
    General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.
  • 1932
    Comedian Jack Benny’s radio show airs for the first time.
  • 1945
    World War II: Fall of Berlin: The Soviet Union announces the capture of Berlin and Soviet soldiers hoist their red flag over the Reichstag building.
  • 1945
    World War II: The US 82nd Airborne Division liberates Wöbbelin concentration camp finding 1000 dead inmates, most starved to death.
  • 1946
    The “Battle of Alcatraz” takes place, killing two guards and three inmates.
  • 1952
    The world’s first ever jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1 makes its maiden flight, from London to Johannesburg.
  • 1955
    Tennessee Williams wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
  • 1964
    Vietnam War: An explosion sinks the USS Card while docked at Saigon. Viet Cong forces are suspected of placing a bomb on the ship.
  • 1969
    The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departs on her maiden voyage to New York City.
  • 1972
    In the early morning hours a fire broke out at the Sunshine mine located between Kellogg and Wallace, ID, killing 91 workers.
  • 1989
    Hungary begins dismantling its border fence with Austria, which allows a number of East Germans to defect.
  • 1995
    During the Croatian War of Independence, Serb forces fire cluster bombs at Zagreb, killing 7 and wounding over 175 civilians.
  • 2011
    Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI’s most wanted man is killed by the United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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