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Thursday May 2, 2019

May 2: Day of the Week

May 2, 2019 was the 122nd day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 243 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Mokuyōbi.

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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

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May 2 Historical Event(s)

  • 1559
    John Knox returns from exile to Scotland to become the leader of the beginning Scottish Reformation.
  • 1670
    King Charles II of England grants a permanent charter to the Hudson’s Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America.
  • 1672
    John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.
  • 1906
    Closing ceremony of the Intercalated Games in Athens, Greece.
  • 1932
    Comedian Jack Benny’s radio show airs for the first time.
  • 1941
    Following the coup d'état against Iraq Crown Prince 'Abd al-Ilah earlier that year, the United Kingdom launches the Anglo-Iraqi War to restore him to power.
  • 1945
    World War II: Italian Campaign – General Heinrich von Vietinghoff signs the official instrument of surrender of all Wehrmacht forces in Italy.
  • 1945
    World War II: The US 82nd Airborne Division liberates Wöbbelin concentration camp finding 1000 dead inmates, most starved to death.
  • 1999
    Panamanian election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama.
  • 2004
    Yelwa massacre of more than 630 nomad Muslims by Christians in Nigeria.

Who were born on May 2?

  • 1601
    Athanasius Kircher, German Jesuit scholar (d. 1680)
  • 1737
    William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1805)
  • 1808
    Emma Wedgwood, English naturalist, wife of Charles Darwin, (d. 1896)
  • 1922
    A.M. Rosenthal, Canadian-born newspaper editor (d. 2006)
  • 1930
    Marco Pannella, Italian politician and activist
  • 1948
    Larry Gatlin, American musician
  • 1974
    Matt Berry, English actor
  • 1980
    Zat Knight, English footballer
  • 1981
    Robert Buckley, American actor
  • 1985
    Sarah Hughes, American figure skater

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