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Notable Historical Events for May 2nd

1194King Richard I of England gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter.

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

1933In Germany, Adolf Hitler bans trade unions

1909Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs

1941Martin Bormann succeeds Rudolf Hess as Hitler's deputy

1997Donald Trump & Marla Maples announce they are separating

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

1999John Elway announces his retirement from the NFL

2011Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man is killed by United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

1536Anne Boleyn is arrested and taken to the Tower of London

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Notable Birthdays on May 2nd

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

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)

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

1985Lily Allen, English singer and songwriter

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

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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

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

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

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

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