About May 2

May 2, 2021 is the 122nd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 243 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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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 275 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.
  • 1536
    Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft.
  • 1672
    John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.
  • 1829
    After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of the HMS Challenger, declares the Swan River Colony in Australia.
  • 1866
    Peruvian defenders fight off Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao.
  • 1885
    Cree and Assiniboine warriors win the Battle of Cut Knife, their largest victory over Canadian forces during the North-West Rebellion.
  • 1889
    Menelik II, Emperor of Ethiopia, signs a treaty of amity with Italy, which gives Italy control over Eritrea.
  • 1920
    The first game of the Negro National League baseball is played in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • 1932
    Comedian Jack Benny’s radio show airs for the first time.
  • 1933
    Gleichschaltung: Adolf Hitler bans trade unions.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    World War II: Italian Campaign – General Heinrich von Vietinghoff signs the official instrument of surrender of all Wehrmacht forces in Italy.
  • 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.
  • 1972
    In the early morning hours a fire broke out at the Sunshine mine located between Kellogg and Wallace, ID, killing 91 workers.
  • 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.
  • 2008
    Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 138,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless.
  • 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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