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Interesting historical events that occurred on May 2…

May 1, 2012

Tuesday, May 2.  Here’s what I found interesting that happened today in history…

1863 – American Civil WarStonewall Jackson is wounded by friendly fire while returning to camp after reconnoitering during the Battle of Chancellorsville. He succumbs to pneumoniaeight days later.

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1885 – Good Housekeeping magazine goes on sale for the first time.

1918 – General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.

1920 – The first game of the Negro National League baseball is played in Indianapolis, Indiana.

1932 – Comedian Jack Benny‘s radio show airs for the first time.

1945 – World War IIFall of Berlin: The Soviet Union announces the capture of Berlin and Soviet soldiers hoist their red flag over the Reichstag building.

1945 – World War II: The US 82nd Airborne Division liberates Wöbbelin concentration camp finding 1000 dead inmates, most starved to death.

1946 – The “Battle of Alcatraz” takes place, killing two guards and three inmates.

1952 – The world’s first ever jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1 makes its maiden flight, from London to Johannesburg.

1955 – Tennessee Williams wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

1964 – Vietnam War: An explosion sinks the USS Card while docked at SaigonViet Cong forces are suspected of placing a bomb on the ship.

1969 – The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departs on her maiden voyage to New York City.

1972 – In the early morning hours a fire broke out at the Sunshine mine located between Kellogg and Wallace, ID, killing 91 workers.

2000 – President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.

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 AbbottabadPakistan.


1975 – David Beckham, English footballer


1519 – Leonardo da Vinci, Italian inventor and painter (b. 1452)

1957 – Joseph McCarthy, U.S. Senator (b. 1908)

1972 – J. Edgar Hoover, American director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (b. 1895)

1990 – David Rappaport, English actor (b. 1951)

2009 – Jack Kemp, American politician, former American football player (b. 1935)

2011 – Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda and ‘the most wanted man in the world’ (b. 1957)



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