What happened this day in history May 2

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

  • 1611
    King James Bible is published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker.
  • 1672
    John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.
  • 1816
    Marriage of Léopold of Saxe-Coburg and Charlotte Augusta.
  • 1866
    Peruvian defenders fight off Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao.
  • 1952
    The world’s first ever jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1 makes its maiden flight, from London to Johannesburg.
  • 1995
    During the Croatian War of Independence, Serb forces fire cluster bombs at Zagreb, killing 7 and wounding over 175 civilians.
  • 2000
    President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.
  • 2002
    Marad massacre of eight Hindus near Palakkad in Kerala.
  • 2008
    Chaitén Volcano begins erupting in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.
  • 2008
    Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 138,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless.

Who were born on May 2?

  • 1750
    John André, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War (d. 1780)
  • 1808
    Emma Wedgwood, English naturalist, wife of Charles Darwin, (d. 1896)
  • 1881
    Alexander Kerensky, Russian politician (d. 1970)
  • 1894
    Joseph Henry Woodger, British theoretical biologist (d. 1981)
  • 1952
    Christine Baranski, American actress
  • 1954
    Stephen Venables, British mountaineer
  • 1962
    Jimmy White, English snooker player
  • 1977
    Jenna von Oy, American actress
  • 1981
    Tiago Mendes, Portuguese footballer
  • 1985
    Sarah Hughes, American figure skater

Who died on May 2?

  • 1627
    Lodovico Grossi da Viadana, Italian composer (b. 1560)
  • 1927
    Ernest Starling, British physiologist (b. 1866)
  • 1957
    Joseph McCarthy, U.S. Senator (b. 1908)
  • 1972
    J. Edgar Hoover, American director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (b. 1895)
  • 1980
    Clarrie Grimmett, Australian cricketer (b. 1891)
  • 1986
    Sergio Cresto, American rally co-driver (b. 1956)
  • 1989
    Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic Cardinal (b. 1906)
  • 1990
    David Rappaport, English actor (b. 1951)
  • 1992
    Wilbur Mills, American politician (b. 1909)
  • 2010
    Lynn Redgrave, British actress (b. 1943)

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