On This Day

What Happened on May 2, 2018

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan asks widespread protests to halt after ruling Republican party said it would support his bid to be Prime Minister
  • Date for first humans or hominins in the Philippines pushed back ten-fold after report of site on Luzon with butchered rhinoceros 709,000 years ago
  • E. coli outbreak linked to Romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, reports the first fatality with 121 cases across 25 US states
  • Indian city of Kanpur declared world's most polluted city by WHO with 14 other Indian cities in the top 20
  • Iowa passes US's strictest abortion ban, based on a fetal heartbeat

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Kanye West widely criticized for saying "slavery is a choice" in TMZ interview

Rapper Kanye West
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  • New research show plants "talk" to each other through their roots and the soil in study on corn published in journal "Plos One"
  • Spanish Basque separatist group Eta announces it will be formally disbanding after 50 years

Famous Deaths

  • Bill Torrey, Canadian ice hockey executive (New York Islanders, Florida Panthers), dies at 83
  • Chris Walsh, American politician (Massachusetts House of Representatives, 2010–2018), dies of lymphoma at 66
  • Cliff Watson, English rugby league footballer (St Helens, Cronulla-Sutherland, national team), dies of cancer at 78
  • Dick Edell, American lacrosse coach (Maryland Terrapins), dies at 74 of pneumonia
  • Gord Brown, Canadian politician (MP, 2004–2018), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Harald Range, German jurist (Attorney General, 2011–2015), dies at 70
  • Herman Krebbers, Dutch violinist, dies at 94
  • James Thorp, American electrical engineer, dies at 81
  • Katherine O'Regan, New Zealand politician (MP for Waipa, 1984–1996; list MP, 1996–1999), dies of cancer at 71
  • Kottayam Pushpanath, Indian author, dies at 80
  • Paul Dick, Canadian politician, dies at 77 of a heart attack
  • Sir Keith Williamson, British air force commander (Chief of the Air Staff, 1982–1985), dies at 90
  • Tony Cucchiara, Italian folk singer and songwriter (Cain and Abel), dies at 80
  • Wang Danfeng, Chinese actress, dies at 93
  • Wolfgang Völz, German actor, dies at 87