On This Day..... May 2

MAY 2ND

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL TRUFFLE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL LIFE INSURANCE DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • CATHERINE THE GREAT (1729-1796)
  • MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN (THE RED BARON) (1892-1918)
  • BENJAMIN SPOCK (1903-1998)
  • ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINCK (1936, 82)
  • BIANCA JAGGER (1945, 73)
  • LESLEY GORE (1946-2015)
  • CHRISTINE BARANSKI (1952, 66)
  • DONATELLA VERSACE (1955, 63)
  • STEPHEN DALDRY (1962, 56)
  • DWAYNE JOHNSON (THE ROCK) (1972, 46)
  • DAVID BECKHAM (1975, 43)
  • PRINCESS CHARLOTTE WINDSOR (2015, 3)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1519, LEONARDO DA VINCI DIES AT 67
  • IN 1536, ANNE BOLEYN IS ARRESTED AND SENT TO THE TOWER OF LONDON AFTER HER HUSBAND KING HENRY VIII CHARGES HER WITH TREASON, INCEST AND ADULTERY. SHE IS BEHEADED TWO WEEKS LATER.
  • IN 1670, KING CHARLES II GRANTS A CHARTER TO THE HUDSON’S BAY COMPANY
  • IN 1863, GENERAL STONEWALL JACKSON IS INJURED BY HIS OWN MEN WHILE THE CONFEDERATE WIN OVER THE UNION IN THE BATTLE OF CHANCELLORSVILLE
  • IN 1885, “GOOD HOUSEKEEPING” PUBLISHES ITS FIRST ISSUE
  • IN 1890, THE OKLAHOMA TERRITORY IS CREATED
  • IN 1908, A COPYRIGHT IS FILED FOR “TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME”
  • IN 1916, PRESIDENT WILSON SIGNS THE HARRISON DRUG ACT WHICH REGULATED AND TAXED PRODUCTS DERIVED FROM OPIUM AND COCA LEAVES
  • IN 1918, GENERAL MOTORS ACQUIRED CHEVROLET
  • IN 1920, THE NATIONAL NEGRO BASEBALL LEAGUE BEGINS PLAY
  • IN 1929, 14 YEAR OLD BILLIE HOLIDAY IS ARRESTED ALONG WITH HER MOTHER FOR PROSTITUTION AFTER A RAID ON A HARLEM BROTHEL
  • IN 1932, JACK BENNY PREMIERES HIS FIRST RADIO SHOW
  • IN 1933, ADOLF HITLER BANS TRADE UNIONS IN GERMANY
  • IN 1936, SERGEI PROKOFIEV DEBUTS “PETER AND THE WOLF” IN MOSCOW
  • IN 1938, ELLA FITZGERALD RECORDS “A TISKET, A TASKET”
  • IN 1938, THOMAS WILDER WINS A PULITZER PRIZE FOR “OUR TOWN”
  • IN 1939, LOU GEHRIG SITS OUT HIS FIRST GAME AFTER PLAYING IN 2,130 STRAIGHT
  • IN 1945, OVER A MILLION GERMAN TROOPS SURRENDER TO THE ALLIES IN ITALY AND AUSTRIA AND THE RUSSIAN ARMY TAKES BERLIN AFTER GENERAL WEIDLING SURRENDERS. THE ICONIC PHOTO OF THE RUSSIAN FLAG FLYING OVER THE REICHSTAG IS TAKEN
  • IN 1946, TWO GUARDS AND THREE INMATES DIE IN “THE BATTLE OF ALCATRAZ”
  • IN 1946, “THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE” STARRING LANA TURNER IS RELEASED
  • IN 1949, ARTHUR MILLER WINS A PULITZER PRIZE FOR “DEATH OF A SALESMAN”
  • IN 1955, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS WINS A PULITZER PRIZE FOR “CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF”
  • IN 1955, WGBH BEGINS BROADCASTING ON CHANNEL 2 IN BOSTON
  • IN 1957, SENATOR JOE MCCARTHY DIES AT 48 OF HEPATITIS
  • IN 1963, THE BEATLES HIT #1 WITH “FROM ME TO YOU”
  • IN 1964, THE BEATLES SECOND ALBUM GOES TO #1 FOR FIVE WEEKS
  • IN 1968, THE BOSTON CELTICS DEFEAT THE LA LAKERS FOR THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP
  • IN 1969, THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II CRUISE SHIP LEAVES ON ITS MAIDEN VOYAGE ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN
  • IN 1970, DIANE CRUMP IS THE FIRST WOMAN TO WIN THE KENTUCKY DERBY
  • IN 1972, J. EDGAR HOOVER DIES AT 77 OF A HEART ATTACK
  • IN 1974, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT SPIRO AGNEW IS DISBARRED
  • IN 1979, THE WHO’S “QUADROPHENIA” PREMIERES IN LONDON
  • IN 1980, SOUTH AFRICA BANS PINK FLOYD’S “ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL” AFTER BLACK PROTESTERS IN SCHOOLS USE THE SONG TO PROTEST APARTHEID
  • IN 1981, SHEENA EASTON HITS #1 WITH “MORNING TRAIN (9 TO 5)”
  • IN 1983, SPANDAU BALLET HITS #1 WITH “TRUE”
  • IN 1984, “SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE” DEBUTS ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1986, ABC AIRS THE FINAL EPISODE OF “THE FALL GUY”
  • IN 1987, CUTTING CREW HITS #1 WITH “(I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS”
  • IN 1988, DAVID MAMET’S “SPEED THE PLOW” OPENS ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1989, CLINT BLACK RELEASES “KILLIN TIME”
  • IN 1989, HUNGARY IS THE FIRST EASTERN EUROPE COUNTRY TO OPEN ITS BORDERS
  • IN 1990, THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS OPENS TALKS WITH SOUTH AFRICA ON ENDING APARTHEID
  • IN 1994, THE ISLEY BROTHERS SUCCESSFULLY PROVE THAT MICHAEL BOLTON PLAGARIZED THEIR VERSION OF “LOVE IS A WONDERFUL THING”
  • IN 1997, DONALD TRUMP & MARLA MAPLES ANNOUNCE THAT THEY ARE SEPERATING
  • IN 1997, EDDIE MURPHY IS ARRESTED WITH A TRANSSEXUAL PROSTITUTE
  • IN 1997, MIKE MYERS RELEASES “AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY”
  • IN 1998, HARRY POTTER DEFEATS VOLDEMORT IN THE BATTLE OF HOGWARTS ACCORDING TO THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS
  • IN 1999, JOHN ELWAY RETIRED FROM THE NFL
  • IN 2006, 62 YEAR OLD KEITH RICHARDS SUFFERS A CONCUSSION AFTER FALLING OUT OF A COCONUT TREE ON VACATION IN FIJI
  • IN 2008, CYCLONE NARGIS HITS MYANMAR (BURMA) AND KILLS 130,000 PEOPLE. MILLIONS ARE ALSO LEFT HOMELESS
  • IN 2008, MARVEL RELEASES THE FIRST “IRON MAN” MOVIE
  • IN 2008, NICKELBACK SINGER CHAD KROEGER IS CONVICTED OF DRUNK DRIVING
  • IN 2009, MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL MARRIES PETER SARSGAARD
  • IN 2011, US SPECIAL FORCES FIND AND KILL OSAMA BIN LADEN IN PAKISTAN
  • IN 2012, JUNIOR SEAU COMMITS SUICIDE AT 43
  • IN 2013, RHODE ISLAND IS THE 10TH STATE TO LEGALIZE SAME SEX MARRIAGE
  • IN 2015, FLOYD MAYWEATHER DEFEATS MANNY PACQUIAO FOR THE WELTERWEIGHT BOXING TITLE
  • IN 2018, KANYE WEST GIVES AN INTERVIEW TO TMZ WHERE HE DECLARES HE WAS ADDICTED TO OPIOIDS AFTER PLASTIC SURGERY AND THAT SLAVERY WAS A CHOICE

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