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

  • 1194
    King Richard I of England gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter.
  • 1335
    Otto the Merry, Duke of Austria, becomes Duke of Carinthia.
  • 1568
    Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle.
  • 1672
    John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.
  • 1757
    End of Konbaung-Hanthawaddy War, and end of Burmese Civil War (1740–1757)
  • 1829
    After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of the HMS Challenger, declares the Swan River Colony in Australia.
  • 1879
    The Spanish Socialist Worker‘s Party is founded in Casa Labra Pub (city of Madrid) by the historical Spanish workers’leader Pablo Iglesias.
  • 1885
    Good Housekeeping magazine goes on sale for the first time.
  • 1885
    Cree and Assiniboine warriors win the Battle of Cut Knife, their largest victory over Canadian forces during the North-West Rebellion.
  • 1885
    The Congo Free State is established by King Léopold II of Belgium.
  • 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.
  • 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
    First ascent of Shishapangma the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and the lowest of the Eight-thousanders.
  • 1982
    Falklands War: The British nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sinks the Argentine cruiser ARA General Belgrano.
  • 1998
    The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union’s monetary policy.
  • 2002
    Marad massacre of eight Hindus near Palakkad in Kerala.
  • 2011
    The 2011 E. coli O104:H4 outbreak strikes Europe, mostly in Germany, leaving more than 30 people dead and many others sick from the bacteria outbreak.

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