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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, 406,152 hours 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

  • 1670
    King Charles II of England grants a permanent charter to the Hudson’s Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America.
  • 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.
  • 1952
    The world’s first ever jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1 makes its maiden flight, from London to Johannesburg.
  • 1989
    Hungary begins dismantling its border fence with Austria, which allows a number of East Germans to defect.
  • 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.

Who were born on May 2?

  • 1929
    Édouard Balladur, French Prime Minister
  • 1950
    Duncan Gay, Australian politician
  • 1955
    Donatella Versace, Italian fashion designer
  • 1984
    Thabo Sefolosha, American basketball player
  • 1987
    Nana Kitade, Japanese singer

Who died on May 2?

  • 1219
    Leo I, King of Armenia (b. 1150)
  • 1960
    Caryl Chessman, American robber and rapist (b. 1921)
  • 1997
    Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator (b. 1921)
  • 1998
    Hideto “hide” Matsumoto, Japanese musician (b. 1964)
  • 2005
    Wee Kim Wee, 4th President of Singapore (b. 1915)

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