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Wednesday 2 May 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Anniversary of the Dos de Mayo Uprising (Community of Madrid, Spain)
  • Madrid Day in Spain (Fiesta de la Comunidad de Madrid)

Events

  • 2011 – Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man, is killed by the United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
  • 2000 – President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.
  • 1999 – Panamanian general election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama.
  • 1998 – The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy.
  • 1964 – First ascent of Shishapangma the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and the lowest of the Eight-thousanders.
  • 1964 – Vietnam War: An explosion sinks the American aircraft carrier USS Card while it is docked at Saigon. A North Vietnamese frogman had placed a bomb on the ship. She is raised and returned to service less than seven months later.
  • 1952 – The world's first ever jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1 makes its maiden flight, from London to Johannesburg.
  • 1920 – The first game of the Negro National League baseball is played in Indianapolis.
  • 1879 – The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party is founded in Madrid by Pablo Iglesias.
  • 1863 – American 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.
  • 1611 – The King James Version of the Bible is published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker.
  • 1194 – King Richard I of England gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter.

Births

  • 1990 – Paul George, American basketball player
  • 1989 – Jeanette Pohlen, American basketball player
  • 1987 – Pat McAfee, American football player
  • 1985 – Ashley Harkleroad, American tennis player
  • 1985 – Kyle Busch, American race car driver
  • 1985 – Sarah Hughes, American figure skater
  • 1981 – Robert Buckley, American actor
  • 1980 – Ellie Kemper, American actress, comedian and writer
  • 1980 – Troy Murphy, American basketball player
  • 1978 – Melvin Ely, American basketball player
  • 1977 – Brian Cardinal, American basketball player
  • 1977 – Jenna von Oÿ, American actress and singer
  • 1977 – Luke Hudson, American baseball player
  • 1976 – Jeff Gutt, American singer-songwriter
  • 1972 – Dwayne Johnson, American-Canadian wrestler, actor, and producer
  • 1971 – Musashimaru Kōyō, Samoan-American sumo wrestler, the 67th Yokozuna
  • 1968 – Jeff Agoos, Swiss-American soccer player, manager, and sportscaster
  • 1967 – Mika Brzezinski, American journalist and author
  • 1965 – Félix José, Dominican-American baseball player
  • 1962 – Elizabeth Berridge, American actress
  • 1954 – Elliot Goldenthal, American composer and conductor
  • 1952 – Christine Baranski, American actress and singer
  • 1950 – Lou Gramm, American singer-songwriter
  • 1948 – Larry Gatlin, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
  • 1947 – James Dyson, English businessman, founded the Dyson Company
  • 1946 – Lesley Gore, American singer-songwriter (d. 2015)
  • 1946 – Peter L. Benson, American psychologist and academic (d. 2011)
  • 1945 – Bianca Jagger, Nicaraguan-American model, actress, and activist
  • 1945 – Randy Cain, American soul singer (d. 2009)
  • 1941 – Clay Carroll, American baseball player
  • 1941 – Tony Adamowicz, American race car driver
  • 1937 – Lorenzo Music, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1936 – Michael Rabin, American violinist (d. 1972)
  • 1933 – Bunk Gardner, American musician
  • 1932 – Maury Allen, American journalist, actor, and author (d. 2010)
  • 1931 – Martha Grimes, American author and poet
  • 1931 – Phil Bruns, American actor and stuntman (d. 2012)
  • 1929 – James Dillion, American discus thrower (d. 2010)
  • 1929 – Link Wray, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)
  • 1924 – Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 2015)
  • 1922 – A. M. Rosenthal, Canadian-born American journalist and author (d. 2006)
  • 1922 – Roscoe Lee Browne, American actor and director (d. 2007)
  • 1920 – Guinn Smith, American pole vaulter, soldier, and pilot (d. 2004)
  • 1915 – Doris Fisher, American singer-songwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1912 – Axel Springer, German journalist and publisher, founded Axel Springer AG (d. 1985)
  • 1910 – Alexander Bonnyman, Jr., American lieutenant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1943)
  • 1907 – Pinky Lee, American comedian and television host (d. 1993)
  • 1906 – Philippe Halsman, Latvian-American photographer (d. 1979)
  • 1903 – Benjamin Spock, American rower, pediatrician, and author (d. 1998)
  • 1897 – John Frederick Coots, American songwriter (d. 1985)
  • 1895 – Lorenz Hart, American playwright and lyricist (d. 1943)
  • 1890 – E. E. Smith, American engineer and author (d. 1965)
  • 1887 – Eddie Collins, American baseball player and manager (d. 1951)
  • 1887 – Vernon Castle, English-American dancer (d. 1918)
  • 1885 – Hedda Hopper, American actress and gossip columnist (d. 1966)
  • 1880 – Bill Horr, American football player, discus thrower, and coach (d. 1955)
  • 1879 – James F. Byrnes, American stenographer and politician, 49th United States Secretary of State (d. 1972)
  • 1867 – Giuseppe Morello, Italian-American mobster (d. 1930)
  • 1865 – Clyde Fitch, American playwright (d. 1909)
  • 1843 – Elijah McCoy, Canadian-American engineer (d. 1929)
  • 1740 – Elias Boudinot, American lawyer and politician, 10th President of the Continental Congress (d. 1821)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Afeni Shakur, American music businesswoman, activist, and Black Panther (b. 1947)
  • 2015 – Guy Carawan, American singer and musicologist (b. 1927)
  • 2015 – Michael Blake, American author and screenwriter (b. 1945)
  • 2014 – Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor (b. 1918)
  • 2013 – Charles Banks Wilson, American painter and illustrator (b. 1918)
  • 2013 – Jeff Hanneman, American guitarist and songwriter (b. 1964)
  • 2013 – Joseph P. McFadden, American bishop (b. 1947)
  • 2010 – Lynn Redgrave, English-American actress and singer (b. 1943)
  • 2009 – Jack Kemp, American football player and politician, 9th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (b. 1935)
  • 2009 – Marilyn French, American author and academic (b. 1929)
  • 2008 – Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (b. 1940)
  • 2006 – Louis Rukeyser, American journalist and author (b. 1933)
  • 1998 – Gene Raymond, American actor (b. 1908)
  • 1994 – Dorothy Marie Donnelly, American poet and author (b. 1903)
  • 1992 – Wilbur Mills, American lawyer and politician (b. 1909)
  • 1990 – David Rappaport, English-American actor (b. 1951)
  • 1986 – Sergio Cresto, American race car driver (b. 1956)
  • 1985 – Larry Clinton, American trumpet player and bandleader (b. 1909)
  • 1984 – Bob Clampett, American animator, director, and producer (b. 1913)
  • 1984 – Jack Barry, American game show host and producer, co-founded Barry & Enright Productions (b. 1918)
  • 1983 – Norm Van Brocklin, American football player and coach (b. 1926)
  • 1980 – George Pal, Hungarian-American animator and producer (b. 1908)
  • 1974 – James O. Richardson, American admiral (b. 1878)
  • 1972 – J. Edgar Hoover, American 1st director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (b. 1895)
  • 1964 – Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor, American-English politician (b. 1879)
  • 1957 – Joseph McCarthy, American captain, lawyer, judge, and politician (b. 1908)
  • 1953 – Wallace Bryant, American archer (b. 1863)
  • 1945 – Joe Corbett, American baseball player and journalist (b. 1875)
  • 1880 – Eberhard Anheuser, German-American businessman, co-founded Anheuser-Busch (b. 1805)
  • 1711 – Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, English politician, First Lord of the Treasury (b. 1641)
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