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Notable Historical Events for May 2nd

1949Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman"

1783Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant is promoted by brevet to Major of Engineers in recognition of his service to American liberty

1938Ella Fitzgerald records "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"

197914th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell

1991Pope John Paul II's encyclical on Centesimus annus

2008The critically acclaimed "Iron Man", starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, is released

2012Barcelona football player Lionel Messi breaks the European goal-scoring record with 68 goals

1923Senator Walter Johnson pitches his 100th shutout, beats Yanks 3-0

1955Pulitzer prize awarded Tennessee Williams for (Cat on Hot Tin Roof)

1957Gangster Frank Costello escapes an assassination attempt made by rival mobsters

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Notable Birthdays on May 2nd

1903Benjamin Spock, New Haven, Connecticut, American pediatrician (Common Sense Book of Baby Care)

1892Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen [The Red Baron], Breslau, German World War I fighter ace

1972Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, American professional wrestler and actor

1985Lily Allen, English singer and songwriter

1797Abraham Gesner, Cornwallis Nova Scotia, Canadian geologist (inventor of kerosene)

1729Catherine the Great [Catherine II], Stettin, Pomerania, Kingdom of Prussia, Empress of Russia (1762-96)

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Notable Weddings on May 2nd

2009Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (32) weds film and stage actor Peter Sarsgaard (38) in a small chapel in Brindisi, Italy

1946"Rebecca" actress Joan Fontaine (28) weds producer and actor William Dozier (38)

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Notable Deaths on May 2nd

1519Leonardo da Vinci, artist/scientist, dies at 67

2011Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda and 'the most wanted man in the world' (b. 1957)

1957Joseph McCarthy, anti-communist US senator (R-Wisc), dies at 48

1972J. Edgar Hoover, first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-72) dies at 77

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