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)
- 1568Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle.
- 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.
- 1829After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of the HMS Challenger, declares the Swan River Colony in Australia.
- 1885Cree and Assiniboine warriors win the Battle of Cut Knife, their largest victory over Canadian forces during the North-West Rebellion.
- 1932Comedian Jack Benny’s radio show airs for the first time.
- 1946The “Battle of Alcatraz” takes place, killing two guards and three inmates.
- 1952The world’s first ever jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1 makes its maiden flight, from London to Johannesburg.
- 1982Falklands War: The British nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sinks the Argentine cruiser ARA General Belgrano.
- 1995During the Croatian War of Independence, Serb forces fire cluster bombs at Zagreb, killing 7 and wounding over 175 civilians.
Who were born on May 2?
- 1740Elias Boudinot, President of the American Continental Congress (d. 1821)
- 1907Pinky Lee, American vaudeville performer (d. 1993)
- 1920Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor (d. 2004)
- 1926Gérard D. Lévesque, Quebec politician (d. 1993)
- 1939Sumio Iijima, Japanese physicist
- 1956Amir Mokri, Iranian-born American cinematographer
- 1968Hikaru Midorikawa, Japanese voice actor
- 1982Johan Botha, South African cricketer
- 1985Ashley Harkleroad, American tennis player
- 1987Kris Russell, Canadian ice hockey player
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