What Happened on May 2

Significant Events

  • 1945 More than 1,000,000 German soldiers officially surrender to the Western Allies in Italy and Austria
  • 1945 World War II: Battle of Berlin ends as Soviet army takes Berlin and General Weidling surrenders
  • 1949 Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman"
  • 1982 Falklands War: Argentine cruiser General Belgrano sunk by British submarine Conqueror, killing more than 350 men
  • 2008 Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless
  • 2011 Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man is killed by US special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan
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May 2 in Film & TV

  • 2008 First film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe released "Iron Man" directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark

May 2 in Music

  • 1936 Sergei Prokofiev's musical "Peter and the Wolf" premieres in Moscow

May 2 in Sport

  • 2016 Leicester City win the English Premier League title after starting the season at 5,000-1 odds

Did You Know?

New research show plants "talk" to each other through their roots and the soil in study on corn published in journal "Plos One"

On May 2, 2018


Would You Believe?

Battle of Hogwarts: fictional battle that ended the Second Wizarding War with the death of Lord Voldemort at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

On May 2, 1998

Famous Weddings

  • 1652 Daughter of the Prince of Orange, Albertine Agnes marries William Frederick Prince of Nassau-Dietz
  • 1816 Léopold (Léopold I)of Saxe-Coburg, 1st King of Belgium following independence from the Netherlands marries British Princess Charlotte Augusta
  • 1906 US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes marries Maude Busch
  • 1922 Dancer Isadora Duncan (44) weds Sergei Esenin (26)
  • 1946 "Rebecca" actress Joan Fontaine (28) weds producer and actor William Dozier (38)
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