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  • Clos Lucé, Amboise, France
    Friday May 2, 1519

    Leonardo da Vinci

    Death

    Clos Lucé, Amboise, France
    Friday May 2, 1519

    Leonardo died at Clos Lucé on 2 May 1519 at the age of 67, possibly of a stroke.




  • Hungary
    Friday May 2, 1919

    Hungarian–Romanian War

    Hungary Sued For Peace

    Hungary
    Friday May 2, 1919

    On 2 May, Hungary sued for peace via a request delivered by his representative, Lieutenant Colonel Henrik Werth. Kun was prepared to recognize all of Romania's territorial demands; requested the cessation of hostilities; and asked for ongoing control of Hungarian internal affairs.




  • Paris, France
    Thursday May 2, 1929

    Eiffel Tower

    A bust of Gustave Eiffel by Antoine Bourdelle was unveiled

    Paris, France
    Thursday May 2, 1929

    A bust of Gustave Eiffel by Antoine Bourdelle was unveiled at the base of the north leg on 2 May 1929.




  • Germany
    Tuesday May 2, 1933

    Adolf Hitler

    All trade unions dissolve

    Germany
    Tuesday May 2, 1933

    On 2 May 1933 all trade unions were forced to dissolve and their leaders were arrested. Some were sent to concentration camps.




  • Paris, France
    Thursday May 2, 1935

    World War II

    Franco-Soviet pact

    Paris, France
    Thursday May 2, 1935

    The Soviet Union drafted a treaty of mutual assistance with France. Before taking effect, though, the Franco-Soviet pact was required to go through the bureaucracy of the League of Nations, which rendered it essentially toothless. The Franco-Soviet Treaty of Mutual Assistance was a bilateral treaty between France and the Soviet Union with the aim of enveloping Nazi Germany in 1935 in order to reduce the threat from central Europe. The pact was concluded in Paris on May 2, 1935 and ratified by the French government in February 1936.




  • Iraq
    Friday May 2, 1941

    World War II

    Anglo–Iraqi War

    Iraq
    Friday May 2, 1941

    The Anglo–Iraqi War occurred from 2 to 31 May 1941, was a British-led Allied military campaign against Iraq under Rashid Ali, who had seized power during the Second World War with assistance from Germany and Italy. The campaign resulted in the downfall of Ali's government, the re-occupation of Iraq by the United Kingdom, and the return to power of the Regent of Iraq, Prince 'Abd al-Ilah, an ally to the United Kingdom.




  • Berlin, Germany
    Wednesday May 2, 1945

    Adolf Hitler

    Berlin surrendered

    Berlin, Germany
    Wednesday May 2, 1945

    Berlin surrendered on 2 May.


  • Berlin, Germany
    Wednesday May 2, 1945

    Martin Bormann

    The Battle In Berlin Ended

    Berlin, Germany
    Wednesday May 2, 1945

    On 2 May, the Battle in Berlin ended when General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling, the commander of the Berlin Defense Area, unconditionally surrendered the city to General Vasily Chuikov, the commander of the Soviet 8th Guards Army.


  • Berlin, Germany
    Wednesday May 2, 1945

    Martin Bormann

    Death

    Berlin, Germany
    Wednesday May 2, 1945

    Bormann's group left the Führerbunker and travelled on foot via a U-Bahn tunnel to the Friedrichstraße station, where they surfaced. Several members of the party attempted to cross the Spree River at the Weidendammer Bridge while crouching behind a Tiger tank. The tank was hit by Soviet artillery and destroyed, and Bormann and Stumpfegger were knocked to the ground. Bormann, Stumpfegger, and several others eventually crossed the river on their third attempt. Bormann, Stumpfegger, and Axmann walked along the railway tracks to Lehrter station, where Axmann decided to leave the others and go in the opposite direction. When he encountered a Red Army patrol, Axmann doubled back. He saw two bodies, which he later identified as Bormann and Stumpfegger, on a bridge near the railway switching yard. He did not have time to check thoroughly, so he did not know how they died. Since the Soviets never admitted to finding Bormann's body, his fate remained in doubt for many years.


  • Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and the Veneto regions, northern Italy
    Wednesday May 2, 1945

    World War II

    Spring 1945 offensive in Italy

    Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and the Veneto regions, northern Italy
    Wednesday May 2, 1945

    Allies finally pushed forward in Italy and swept across western Germany. The offensive lasted from 6 April to 2 May 1945.


  • New York, U.S.
    Thursday May 2, 1957

    Lucky Luciano

    Costello's Assassination Attempt

    New York, U.S.
    Thursday May 2, 1957

    By 1957, Genovese felt strong enough to move against Luciano and his acting boss, Costello. He was aided in this move by Anastasia family underboss Carlo Gambino. On May 2, 1957, following Genovese's orders, Vincent "Chin" Gigante ambushed Costello in the lobby of his Central Park apartment building, The Majestic. Gigante called out, "This is for you, Frank," and as Costello turned, shot him in the head. After firing his weapon, Gigante quickly left, thinking he had killed Costello. However, the bullet had just grazed Costello's head and he was not seriously injured. Although Costello refused to cooperate with the police, Gigante was arrested for attempted murder. Gigante was acquitted at trial, thanking Costello in the courtroom after the verdict. Costello was allowed to retire after conceding control of what is called today the Genovese crime family to Genovese. Luciano was powerless to stop it.


  • Tovarnik, Croatia
    Thursday May 2, 1991

    Croatian War of Independence

    A Croat policeman was killed

    Tovarnik, Croatia
    Thursday May 2, 1991

    In Tovarnik, a Croat policeman was killed by Serb paramilitaries on 2 May.


  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Saturday May 2, 1992

    Bosnian War

    Cutting Sarajevo in two

    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Saturday May 2, 1992

    On 2 May, the Green Berets and local gang members fought back a disorganized Serb attack aimed at cutting Sarajevo in two.


  • England
    Friday May 2, 1997

    Tony Blair

    Blair as a Prime Minister

    England
    Friday May 2, 1997

    Blair became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on 2 May 1997, serving concurrently as First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service and Leader of the Labour Party.


  • China
    Sunday May 2, 2004

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    More cases in China

    China
    Sunday May 2, 2004

    On May 2, China announced the three suspected cases as genuine cases of SARS, bringing the total cases in a recent outbreak to nine. 189 people were released from quarantine.


  • Madrid, Spain
    Saturday May 2, 2009

    Lionel Messi

    Team's greatest-ever score at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

    Madrid, Spain
    Saturday May 2, 2009

    During the Clásico on 2 May 2009, however, he played for the first time as a false nine, positioned as a center-forward but dropping deep into midfield to link up with Xavi and Andrés Iniesta. He assisted his side's first goal and scored twice to end the match in an emphatic 6–2 victory, the team's greatest-ever score at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.


  • Papineau, Canada
    Monday May 2, 2011

    Justin Trudeau

    2011 Federal Election

    Papineau, Canada
    Monday May 2, 2011

    Trudeau was re-elected in Papineau in the 2011 federal election, as the Liberal Party fell to third-party standing in the House of Commons with only thirty-four seats.


  • Abbottabad, Pakistan
    Monday May 2, 2011

    Bin Laden

    Death

    Abbottabad, Pakistan
    Monday May 2, 2011

    On June 15, 2011, federal prosecutors of the United States of America officially dropped all criminal charges against Osama bin Laden following his death in May.


  • Miami, Florida, U.S.
    Monday May 2, 2011

    Dwayne Johnson

    His 39th Birthday

    Miami, Florida, U.S.
    Monday May 2, 2011

    The Rock appeared live on Raw in his hometown of Miami to celebrate his 39th birthday.


  • U.S.
    Thursday May 2, 2013

    Marvel Studios

    Ghost Rider and Punisher rights had reverted to Marvel from Sony and Lionsgate respectively

    U.S.
    Thursday May 2, 2013

    On May 2, 2013, Feige confirmed in an interview that the Ghost Rider and Punisher rights had reverted to Marvel from Sony and Lionsgate respectively, as well as reaffirming the acquisition of the Blade rights.


  • London, United Kingdom
    Saturday May 2, 2015

    Prince William

    Princess Charlotte Birth

    London, United Kingdom
    Saturday May 2, 2015

    On 8 September 2014, it was announced that the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant with her second child. She was admitted on 2 May 2015 to the same hospital and gave birth to Princess Charlotte.


  • London, England, U.K.
    Saturday May 2, 2015

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

    Princess Charlotte

    London, England, U.K.
    Saturday May 2, 2015

    On 2 May 2015, Middleton's second child, Princess Charlotte, was born at St Mary's Hospital.


  • Anningzhuang Rd, Haidian District, Beijing, China
    Wednesday May 2, 2018

    Xiaomi

    Xiaomi go to the exchange market

    Anningzhuang Rd, Haidian District, Beijing, China
    Wednesday May 2, 2018

    On May 3, 2018, Xiaomi filed to go public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and aims to raise $10 billion in IPO which is expected to be the world's biggest IPO raise since 2014, Xiaomi also announced in partnership with 3 (telecommunications) to sell smartphones in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Denmark, and Sweden


  • Menlo Park, California, U.S.
    Thursday May 2, 2019

    Facebook, Inc.

    The Company announced Its New Vision

    Menlo Park, California, U.S.
    Thursday May 2, 2019

    On May 2, 2019 at F8, the company announced its new vision with the tagline "the future is private". A redesign of the website and mobile app was introduced, dubbed as "FB5". The event also featured plans for improving groups, a dating platform, end-to-end encryption on its platforms, and allowing users on Messenger to communicate directly with WhatsApp and Instagram users.


  • Africa
    Saturday May 2, 2020

    Covid-19 Pandemic: 2020 Coronavirus outbreak

    Almost All Africa

    Africa
    Saturday May 2, 2020

    As of 2 May, cases have been confirmed in all African countries except for Lesotho.


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