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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

  • 1672
    John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.
  • 1920
    The first game of the Negro National League baseball is played in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • 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: Fall of Berlin: The Soviet Union announces the capture of Berlin and Soviet soldiers hoist their red flag over the Reichstag building.
  • 1964
    First ascent of Shishapangma the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and the lowest of the Eight-thousanders.

Who were born on May 2?

  • 1936
    Michael Rabin, American violinist (d. 1972)
  • 1945
    Sarah Weddington, American attorney
  • 1961
    Steve James, English snooker player
  • 1978
    Intars Busulis, Latvian singer, trombone player
  • 1989
    Jeanette Pohlen, American basketball player for the Indiana Fever

Who died on May 2?

  • 1711
    Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, English statesman (b. 1641)
  • 1927
    Ernest Starling, British physiologist (b. 1866)
  • 1947
    Dorothea Binz, Nazi war criminal (b. 1920)
  • 1986
    Henri Toivonen, Finnish rallydriver (b. 1956)
  • 2008
    Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (b. 1940)

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