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.
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)
- 1559John Knox returns from exile to Scotland to become the leader of the beginning Scottish Reformation.
- 1670King Charles II of England grants a permanent charter to the Hudson’s Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America.
- 1672John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.
- 1906Closing ceremony of the Intercalated Games in Athens, Greece.
- 1932Comedian Jack Benny’s radio show airs for the first time.
- 1941Following 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.
- 1945World War II: Italian Campaign – General Heinrich von Vietinghoff signs the official instrument of surrender of all Wehrmacht forces in Italy.
- 1945World War II: The US 82nd Airborne Division liberates Wöbbelin concentration camp finding 1000 dead inmates, most starved to death.
- 1999Panamanian election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama.
- 2004Yelwa massacre of more than 630 nomad Muslims by Christians in Nigeria.
Who were born on May 2?
- 1601Athanasius Kircher, German Jesuit scholar (d. 1680)
- 1737William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1805)
- 1808Emma Wedgwood, English naturalist, wife of Charles Darwin, (d. 1896)
- 1922A.M. Rosenthal, Canadian-born newspaper editor (d. 2006)
- 1930Marco Pannella, Italian politician and activist
- 1948Larry Gatlin, American musician
- 1974Matt Berry, English actor
- 1980Zat Knight, English footballer
- 1981Robert Buckley, American actor
- 1985Sarah Hughes, American figure skater
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