May 2: Day of the Week
May 2, 2020 was the 123rd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 243 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Doyōbi.
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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)
- 1808Outbreak of the Peninsular War: The people of Madrid rise up in rebellion against French occupation. Francisco de Goya later memorializes this event in his painting The Second of May 1808.
- 1863American Civil War: Stonewall Jackson is wounded by friendly fire while returning to camp after reconnoitering during the Battle of Chancellorsville. He succumbs to pneumonia eight days later.
- 1885The Congo Free State is established by King Léopold II of Belgium.
- 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: The US 82nd Airborne Division liberates Wöbbelin concentration camp finding 1000 dead inmates, most starved to death.
- 1969The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departs on her maiden voyage to New York City.
- 1972In the early morning hours a fire broke out at the Sunshine mine located between Kellogg and Wallace, ID, killing 91 workers.
- 1995During the Croatian War of Independence, Serb forces fire cluster bombs at Zagreb, killing 7 and wounding over 175 civilians.
- 1998The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union’s monetary policy.
- 2002Marad massacre of eight Hindus near Palakkad in Kerala.
Who were born on May 2?
- 1551William Camden, English historian (d. 1623)
- 1740Elias Boudinot, President of the American Continental Congress (d. 1821)
- 1879James F. Byrnes, American statesman, and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1972)
- 1935Luis Suárez Miramontes, Spanish footballer and manager
- 1945Gene Deckerhoff, American sports announcer
- 1961Stephen Daldry, English film director
- 1975Eva Santolaria, Spanish actress
- 1977Brian Cardinal, American basketball player
- 1985Jarrod Saltalamacchia, American baseball player
- 1987Nana Kitade, Japanese singer
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