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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 243 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 19, 2020 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 441,216 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 286 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 2,689 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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May 2 Historical Events
King James Bible is published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker.
John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.
Marriage of Léopold of Saxe-Coburg and Charlotte Augusta.
Peruvian defenders fight off Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao.
The world’s first ever jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1 makes its maiden flight, from London to Johannesburg.
During the Croatian War of Independence, Serb forces fire cluster bombs at Zagreb, killing 7 and wounding over 175 civilians.
President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.
Marad massacre of eight Hindus near Palakkad in Kerala.
Chaitén Volcano begins erupting in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.
Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 138,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless.
Who were born on May 2?
John André, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War (d. 1780)
Emma Wedgwood, English naturalist, wife of Charles Darwin, (d. 1896)
Alexander Kerensky, Russian politician (d. 1970)
Joseph Henry Woodger, British theoretical biologist (d. 1981)
Christine Baranski, American actress
Stephen Venables, British mountaineer
Jimmy White, English snooker player
Jenna von Oy, American actress
Tiago Mendes, Portuguese footballer
Sarah Hughes, American figure skater
Who died on May 2?
Lodovico Grossi da Viadana, Italian composer (b. 1560)
Ernest Starling, British physiologist (b. 1866)
Joseph McCarthy, U.S. Senator (b. 1908)
J. Edgar Hoover, American director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (b. 1895)
Clarrie Grimmett, Australian cricketer (b. 1891)
Sergio Cresto, American rally co-driver (b. 1956)
Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic Cardinal (b. 1906)
David Rappaport, English actor (b. 1951)
Wilbur Mills, American politician (b. 1909)
Lynn Redgrave, British actress (b. 1943)
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