On This Day

On This Day in History for May 2 (Part 2)

Events in History


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1974 Former US Vice President Spiro Agnew disbarred

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
  • 1974 Six Catholic civilians killed and eighteen wounded when the UVF explode a bomb at Rose & Crown Bar on Ormeau Road, Belfast
  • 1975 Apple records closes down
  • 1979 "Quadrophenia" premieres in London
  • 1980 Joseph Doherty & 3 other IRA men arrested for murder
  • 1980 Pope John Paul II begins African tour
  • 1980 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1981 Radio Shack re-releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3 with 2 fixes
  • 1982 Falklands War: Argentine cruiser General Belgrano sunk by British submarine Conqueror, killing more than 350 men
  • 1983 6.7 earthquake injures 487 in Coalinga, California
  • 1984 US performs underground nuclear test "Orkney" at Nevada Test Site, with an estimated 250 ton yield
  • 1985 US performs underground nuclear test "Towanda" at Nevada Test Site, with an estimated 150 ton yield
  • 1986 Transportation Expo 86 opens in Vancouver, BC

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1988 David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" premieres in NYC

Playwright David Mamet
Playwright
David Mamet

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1988 Jackson Pollock's "Search" sold for $4,800,000

  • 1990 South Africa & African National Congress open talks to end apartheid

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

1991 Pope John Paul II's encyclical on Centesimus annus

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1992 Yugoslav Army seizes Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic
  • 1994 Bus crashes into a tree at Gdańsk Poland, 32 killed
  • 1994 Dr Kervokian found innocent on assisting suicides
  • 1994 Michael Bolton found to have plagurized Isley Bros "Love is Wonderful Thing"
  • 1995 Expos bat out of order against Mets in 6th inning
  • 1995 Serbian missiles exploded in the heart of Zagreb, killing six
  • 1997 Mercury Mail announces its 1 millionth internet subscriber
  • 1997 Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders
  • 1998 Battle of Hogwarts: fictional battle that ended the Second Wizarding War with the death of Lord Voldemort at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
  • 1999 Panamanian election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama
  • 2000 Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Apeldoorn and the other in Ottawa on May 11, 2000. Symbolically linking both Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout World War II.

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

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 2002 Marad massacre of eight Hindus near Palakkad in Kerala
  • 2004 Yelwa massacre of more than 630 nomad Muslims by Christians in Nigeria
  • 2008 Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless

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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

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • 2011 The 2011 E. coli O104:H4 outbreak strikes Europe, mostly in Germany, leaving more than 30 people dead and many others sick from the bacteria outbreak.

Person of InterestThe Scream

2012 A pastel version of "The Scream", by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch sells at auction for $119,922,500

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The Scream, pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
The Scream, pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
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  • 2013 14 members of the Sons of Iraq are killed in attacks in Fallujah, Iraq

  • 2013 100 people are killed by the Syrian Army in a raid on al-Bayda, Baniyas
  • 2013 60 miners are killed after a gold mine collapses in Jebel Amir, North Darfur, Sudan
  • 2013 Rhode Island becomes the tenth US state to legalize same-sex marriage
  • 2014 The Kiev regime launch a raid against pro-Russian forces, who respond by shooting down two helicopters
  • 2015 Celtic wins the 2014–15 Scottish Premiership
  • 2018 E. coli outbreak linked to Romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, reports the first fatality with 121 cases across 25 US states
  • 2018 Indian city of Kanpur declared world's most polluted city by WHO with 14 other Indian cities in the top 20
  • 2018 Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan asks widespread protests to halt after ruling Republican party said it would support his bid to be Prime Minister
  • 2018 Spanish Basque separatist group Eta announces it will be formally disbanding after 50 years
  • 2018 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
  • 2018 New research show plants "talk" to each other through their roots and the soil in study on corn published in journal "Plos One"
  • 2018 Iowa passes US's strictest abortion ban, based on a fetal heartbeat
  • 2019 Drone delivers a kidney for transplant surgery in Baltimore, Maryland, for the first time

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2019 Facebook bans Alex Jones (InfoWars), Milo Yiannopoulos (ex-Breitbart), Louis Farrakhan (Nation of Islam), Paul Nehlen and Laura Loomer for hate speech

Religious Leader Louis Farrakhan
Religious Leader
Louis Farrakhan

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2019 US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi accuses Attorney General William Barr of lying to Congress over the Mueller Report

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
US Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi

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2019 Second-only sketch known of Leonardo da Vinci from Queen Elizabeth's collection revealed on the 500th anniversary of the artist's death

Painter, Scientist and Visionary Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, Scientist and Visionary
Leonardo da Vinci
  • 2019 A clean-up on Mt Everest has removed three metric tons (6,613 pounds) of rubbish and four bodies in just two weeks

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