What happened This day in History on May 2nd

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1930 U.S.A. Hoover Says Stock Market Crash Temporary Setback 2nd May 1930 : President Hoover in a speech said that the stock market crash of last year was just a temporary setback and would soon pass and that the economy would soon bounce back ( this was 6 months after the stock market crash and the great depression of the 1930s would continue and worsen over the next 5 years )

1952 England De Havilland Comet 2nd May 1952 : The worlds first commercial Jet Airliner a De Havilland Comet with 36 passengers paying up to £315 for a return ticket took off from London for Johannesburg, this will cut up to a third of the time from traditional aircraft flight times.


1927 U.S.A. Prohibition 2nd May 1927 : Despite the prohibition law to stop alcohol consumption the sale of hip flasks continues to grow which many say is encouraging the sale of alcohol and women's pressure groups are trying to ban the sale of hip flasks

1929 U.S.A. Tornado 2nd May 1929 : A devastating tornado sweeps through Morgantown, West Virginia with the path roughly quarter mile wide and ran through the Riverside, Seneca and Walnut Hill areas

1933 Scotland Loch Ness Monster 2nd May 1933 : A local Inverness newspaper "The Inverness Courier" publishes an account by a local couple who claimed to have seen "an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface." of Loch Ness.

1938 U.S.A. Ella Fitzgerald 2nd May 1938 : Ella Fitzgerald recorded "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" with Chick Webb’s band. Fitzgerald soon became known as "The First Lady of Song" and is one of the most successful and influential jazz artists in history.

1945 Germany Fall Of Berlin 2nd May 1945 : Russia announced the fall of Berlin and the capture of 70,000 Germans who had surrendered.

1946 U.S.A. Alcatraz 2nd May 1946 : Alcatraz convicts fought a raging gun battle with guards at the rock for their freedom after they seized the guns from the armory and passed them out to fellow prisoners, one guard has been killed and 3 injured . The Guards still do not have control of the Island fully and the fighting continues.



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1966 Cambodia 2nd May 1966 : The United States has admitted firing an artillery barrage into Neutralist Cambodia as part of an offensive against Viet Cong troops, the B52 bombers were sent from Guam to help slow the north Vietnamese offensive.

1969 U.S.A. Student Protests 2nd May 1969 : Police forces in the United States are cracking down on student protests on campuses across the US using a number of means at their disposal including warrants and an increased police presence. The universities include some of the most well known institutions including Columbia, Harvard, Cornell and Stanford Universities.

1971 U.S.A. Anti War demonstrators 2nd May 1971 : Anti War demonstrators in the Capitol were foiled by mass arrests from flying squads of police using tear gas and batons to break up large crowds of protesters and arrested over 6000 protesters who were trying to stop traffic flowing in the capitol, in the afternoon a large number of National Guards and Army and Marines to help with controlling the demonstrations.

1980 U.S.A. Unemployment 7% 2nd May 1980 : It was announced that current unemployment figures are now 7% of the workforce which is the highest since the recession in 1976 / 1977, and in some areas of the country, in Michigan for example the rate is now 12% and which can be described as a labor market recession .



1982 Falkland Islands Argentina's Belgrano Sunk 2nd May 1982 : The General Belgrano in the Argentine navy is struck by two Tigerfish torpedoes from HMS Conqueror and sunk. The sinking of The Belgrano is controversial because the ship was outside the 200-mile total exclusion zone. The Belgrano had a complement of about 1,000 men and 368 lives were lost in the sinking.

1997 England Tony Blair 1st May 1997 : After a landslide victory in British elections Tony Blair became Britain's youngest prime minister in 185 years.

1997 Egypt Sandstorm 1st May 1997 : A sandstorm caused by 60 MPH winds sweeps across much of Egypt, causing widespread damage to buildings and killing 12 people.

2001 U.S.A. Sotheby's and Christies 2nd May 2001 : The former chairmen of Sotheby's and Christies are charged by a federal jury in the United States on charges of conspiring to overcharge its customers with commission rates because the chairmen of the two apparently rival auction houses had a secret deal to fix commission rates.


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2003 U.S.A. Jayson Blair 2nd May 2003 : Jayson Blair resigns from The New York Times following the blatent plagiarism of an article written by San Antonio Express-News reporter Macarena Hernandez
In a subsequent internal investigation led by assistant managing editor Allan Siegal it was discovered that 36 of the 73 national news stories Blair had written since October 2002 were suspect, ranging from fabrications to copying stories from other sources.

United States 2007 United States Iraq Withdrawal Vetoed 2nd May, 2007 : President Bush vetoed a proposal to withdraw troops from Iraq. The Congressional bill linked a timetable for the withdrawal of troops to funding for the war. The veto was only the second time President Bush used that power, despite rejecting the bill he indicated that a compromise should be made.

2008 U.S.A. Miley Cyrus / Hannah Montana 2nd May 2008 : Following a number of photographs appearing in the Vanity Fair magazine which depicted Miley Cyrus apparently topless, she has admitted she is "embarrassed" and apologized to her fans who have taken offence explaining the photo shoot was "supposed to be 'artistic'"

Yemen 2008 Yemen Fifteen Killed in Mosque Bombing 2nd May, 2008 : Fifteen people were killed when a bomb was set off at a mosque in Saada City, Yemen. Another fifty-five people were hurt in the blast. The region experienced conflict in 2004 after Shia rebels clashed with the government that led to continued attacks in the region.

Nepal 2010 Nepal Maoists Stage Strike 2nd May, 2010 : The Maoist opposition party in Nepal began a strike in the capital of the country, designed to force the resignation of the government. Thousands of Maoist supporters arrived in Katmandu and effectively shut down businesses and daily life in the country hoping to cause enough disruption to displace the current government which they believed did not represent the people.

Pakistan 2011 Pakistan Osama Bin Laden Killed by US Forces 2nd May, 2011 : Barack Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden had been found and killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan in an operation carried out by United States Navy Seals. He announced the raid on Bin Laden's compound had lasted about forty minutes, four other people had been killed in the raid, and that Bin Laden's body was buried at sea according to Islamic standards. The death of the man many believed to be responsible for the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks was celebrated across the United States and many other parts of the world.

Burma 2012 Burma Aung San Suu Kyi Sworn Into Parliament
2nd May, 2012 : Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sworn in as a member of the country's parliament. This would mark the first time that the leader had officially held public office.



United States 2012 United States Edvard Munch's "The Scream" Sells for $120 Million
2nd May, 2012 : The iconic painting by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, "The Scream", was sold for a record $120 million at auction at Sotheby's in New York to an unnamed buyer. The work was more highly valued than the other three versions as it is believed to be brighter and contains a poem written by Munch on the frame.





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2013 United States Rhode Island Legalizes Gay Marriage

2nd May, 2013 : Rhode Island became the tenth state in the United States to legalized gay marriage after Governor Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law. Gay rights supporters celebrated the news and the first weddings were scheduled to start on August 1st once the law came into effect.