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Notable Historical Events for May 2nd

1991Pope John Paul II's encyclical on Centesimus annus

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

1863Stonewall Jackson attacks Chancellorsville, wounded by his own men

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

1999John Elway announces his retirement from the NFL

1900George Bernard Shaw's "You Never Can Tell" premieres in London

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

1965Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Golf Invitational

1997Donald Trump & Marla Maples announce they are separating

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

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Notable Birthdays on May 2nd

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

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

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

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

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

1985Lily Allen, English singer and songwriter

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Notable Weddings on May 2nd

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

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

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Notable Deaths on May 2nd

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

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

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

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

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