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What are the important events that happened on May 2? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 2: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 2 is the 123rd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 243 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 19, 2016 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,369,120 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectaicosatrigon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac 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 271 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,228 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 2 Historical Events

  • 1335
    Otto the Merry, Duke of Austria, becomes Duke of Carinthia.
  • 1808
    Outbreak of the Peninsular War: The people of Madrid rise up in rebellion against French occupation. Francisco de Goya later memorializes this event in his painting The Second of May 1808.
  • 1945
    World War II: Italian Campaign – General Heinrich von Vietinghoff signs the official instrument of surrender of all Wehrmacht forces in Italy.
  • 1972
    In the early morning hours a fire broke out at the Sunshine mine located between Kellogg and Wallace, ID, killing 91 workers.
  • 1995
    During the Croatian War of Independence, Serb forces fire cluster bombs at Zagreb, killing 7 and wounding over 175 civilians.

Who were born on May 2?

  • 1930
    Marco Pannella, Italian politician and activist
  • 1942
    Jacques Rogge, Belgian International Olympic Committee president
  • 1958
    David O'Leary, Irish football manager and player
  • 1974
    Matt Berry, English actor
  • 1985
    Ashley Harkleroad, American tennis player

Who died on May 2?

  • 1945
    Ludwig Stumpfegger, German SS doctor (b. 1910)
  • 1947
    Dorothea Binz, Nazi war criminal (b. 1920)
  • 1969
    Franz von Papen, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1879)
  • 1986
    Henri Toivonen, Finnish rallydriver (b. 1956)
  • 1998
    Justin Fashanu, English footballer (b. 1961)

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