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2 May, 1930 - 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).
2 May, 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.
2 May, 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.
2 May, 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.
2 May, 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.
2 May, 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.
2 May, 1945 - Germany Fall Of Berlin
2nd May, 1945 : Russia announced the fall of Berlin and the capture of 70,000 Germans who had surrendered.
2 May, 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.
2 May, 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.
2 May, 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.
2 May, 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.
2 May, 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.
2 May, 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.
2 May, 1997 - England Tony Blair
2nd May, 1997 : After a landslide victory in British elections Tony Blair became Britain's youngest prime minister in 185 years.
2 May, 1997 - Egypt Sandstorm
2nd May, 1997 : A sandstorm caused by 60 MPH winds sweeps across much of Egypt, causing widespread damage to buildings and killing 12 people.
2 May, 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.
2 May, 2003 - U.S.A. Jayson Blair
2nd May, 2003 : Jayson Blair resigns from The New York Times following the blatant 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.
2 May, 2007 - 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.
2 May, 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' "
2 May, 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.
2 May, 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.
2 May, 2011 - 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.
2 May, 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.
2 May, 2012 - 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.
2 May, 2013 - 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.
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Born: Dwayne Johnson, May 2nd, 1972, Hayward, California
Known For : The "Most Electrifying Man in Sports-Entertainment" was born in Hayward, but grew up attending the Washington Intermediate School and President William McKinley High School in Hawaii. Dwayne's father, who was a professional wrestler from Canada, relocated to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania [note that both he and Chuck Bednarik both grew up in Bethlehem]. He played football at school, before attending the University of Miami, but he forewent a career in football after a 1995 back injury, and chose to pursue a wrestling career. Originally called Flex Kavanah in the U.S.W.A., he went on to perform as Rocky Maivia, and join the Corporation wrestling group. He mixed his W.E.E. career with work in movies: with 2001's the Mummy Returns and 2002's Scorpion King. He continues to make films and television appearances, and has two daughters.