2 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Catherine II (the Great) of Russia , 1729
  • Jerome K. Jerome, 1859
  • Theodore Herzl, 1860
  • Manfred von Richthofen the Red Baron, 1892
  • Lorenz Hart, 1895
  • Bing Crosby, 1901
  • Dr. Benjamin Spock, 1903
  • Philippe Halsman, 1906
  • Alex Springer, 1912
  • Satyajit Ray, 1921
  • Theodore Bikel, 1924
  • King Faisal II Iraq, 1935
  • Vitaly Yurchenko, 1936
  • Larry Gatlin, 1944
  • Bianca Jagger, 1945
  • Lesley Gore, 1946
  • David Suchet, 1946
  • Christine Baranski, 1952
  • David Beckham, 1975
  • Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, 2015

Died On This Day:

  • Leonardo Da Vinci, 1519
  • Senator Joseph McCarthy, 1957
  • Caryl Chessman executed, 1960
  • Lady Nancy Astor, 1964
  • J. Edgar Hoover, 1972
  • Norm Van Brocklin, 1983
  • Julio Gallo, 1993
  • Oliver Reed, 1999
  • Louis Rukeyser, 2006
  • Lynn Redgrave, 2010
  • Osama bin Laden killed, 2011
  • Deanna Durbin, 2013

Today's Events:

  • 1536 - Anne Boleyn taken to Tower of London accused of incest and adultery; executed 17 days later.
  • 1611 - New English translation of the King James Bible (after King James I) published in England.
  • 1670 - Hudson Bay Company chartered by King Charles II.
  • 1808 - Citizens of Madrid, Spain begin war of independence by revolting against French general Murat.
  • 1829 - One foot of hail falls on Tuscaloosa, AL.
  • 1863 - General Stonewall Jackson mistakenly shot by own soldiers. Dies 8 days later.
  • 1877 - Porfirio Diaz becomes President of Mexico.
  • 1885 - Congo free state founded by Leopold II Belgium.
  • 1895 - Rhodesia organized from British South Africa company territory South of Zambesi.
  • 1902 - Early 14-minute silent film
  • 1936 - Sergei Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf' premieres in Moscow conducted by the maestro himself.
  • 1939 - 'Iron Horse' Lou Gehrig plays in record 2,130th consecutive game at first base for NY Yankees.
  • 1945 - Berlin surrenders to allies WWII.
  • 1953 - King Faisal II ascends throne of Iraq; Hussein ascends throne of Jordan.
  • 1957 - Attempted murder of Mafia Don Frank Costello by Vincent the Chin Gigante shifts balance of power.
  • 1968 - Student riots in Paris begin; Left Bank occupied; in following 3 weeks,10 million workers go on strike
  • 1997 - Following a landslide victory for his New Labour party, Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister of England.
  • 2008 - Cyclone Nargis strikes Burma; 134,000 dead or missing; 2.4 million homeless and destitute.
  • 2011 - World rejoices to reports of US Navy Seals' assassination of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
  • 2012 - Edvard Munch's iconic 'The Scream' sold for world record $199.9 million at Sotherby's, New York.
  • 2014 - Massive landslide of mud and rock crashes down on Abi Barak, Afghanistan killing 2,100.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Athanasius

Holiday:

  • Nativity of Gautama Buddha
  • Day of Maya mother of Buddha.
  • Second of May celebration in Madrid, Spain

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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