About May 2

May 2, 2024 is the 123rd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 243 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 272 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.
  • 1335
    Otto the Merry, Duke of Austria, becomes Duke of Carinthia.
  • 1568
    Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle.
  • 1757
    End of Konbaung-Hanthawaddy War, and end of Burmese Civil War (1740–1757)
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Stonewall Jackson is wounded by friendly fire while returning to camp after reconnoitering during the Battle of Chancellorsville. He succumbs to pneumonia eight days later.
  • 1876
    The April Uprising breaks out in Bulgaria.
  • 1889
    Menelik II, Emperor of Ethiopia, signs a treaty of amity with Italy, which gives Italy control over Eritrea.
  • 1906
    Closing ceremony of the Intercalated Games in Athens, Greece.
  • 1920
    The first game of the Negro National League baseball is played in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • 1941
    Following the coup d'état against Iraq Crown Prince 'Abd al-Ilah earlier that year, the United Kingdom launches the Anglo-Iraqi War to restore him to power.
  • 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.
  • 1963
    Berthold Seliger launches a rocket with three stages and a maximum flight altitude of more than 100 kilometres near Cuxhaven. It is the only sounding rocket developed in Germany.
  • 1964
    First ascent of Shishapangma the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and the lowest of the Eight-thousanders.
  • 1995
    During the Croatian War of Independence, Serb forces fire cluster bombs at Zagreb, killing 7 and wounding over 175 civilians.
  • 1998
    The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union’s monetary policy.
  • 1999
    Panamanian election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama.
  • 2000
    President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.
  • 2004
    Yelwa massacre of more than 630 nomad Muslims by Christians in Nigeria.
  • 2008
    Chaitén Volcano begins erupting in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.

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