On This Day

What Happened on May 2, 1998

Historical Events

  • 124th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 2:02.20
  • Battle of Hogwarts: fictional battle that ended the Second Wizarding War with the death of Lord Voldemort at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Famous Weddings

  • Actor-comedian Jim Belushi (43) weds Jennifer Sloan (30) at their home garden in Brentwood, Los Angeles

Famous Deaths

  • "hide" [Hideto Matsumoto], Japanese rock guitarist (X Japan; Zilch), hangs himself at 33
  • Gene Raymond [Raymond Guion], American actor (Paris 7000, Love on a Bet, Fireside Theater), dies from pneumonia a 89
  • Justin Fashanu, English soccer forward (first openly gay pro footballer; first black footballer to command £1 million transfer fee), dies from suicide at 37
  • Kevin Lloyd, British actor (b. 1949)
1998 Highlights

About May 2, 1998

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 23 years, 4 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Taurus