Today in History, English
Today in History, English

50791May.02Death2015 – Maya Plisetskaya, Russian-Lithuanian ballerina, choreographer, actress, and director (b. 1925)
50792May.02Death2015 – Ruth Rendell, English author (b. 1930)
50793May.02Holiday and observanceAnniversary of the Dos de Mayo Uprising (Community of Madrid, Spain)
50794May.02Holiday and observanceBirth Anniversary of Third Druk Gyalpo, also Teachers' Day (Bhutan)
50795May.02Holiday and observanceChristian feast day:Athanasius of Alexandria (Western Christianity)Boris I of Bulgaria (Bulgarian Orthodox Church)Germanus of NormandyJosé María RubioWaldebert (Roman Catholic Church)May 2 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
50796May.02Holiday and observanceFlag Day (Poland)
50797May.02Holiday and observanceNational Education Day (Indonesia)
50798May.02Holiday and observanceTeachers' Day (Iran)
50799May.02Holiday and observanceThe last day of the Festival of Ridván (Bahá'í Faith)
50800May.03Event752 – Mayan king Bird Jaguar IV of Yaxchilan in modern-day Chiapas, Mexico assumes the throne.
50801May.03Event1481 – The largest of three earthquakes strikes the island of Rhodes and causes an estimated 30,000 casualties.
50802May.03Event1491 – Kongo monarch Nkuwu Nzinga is baptised by Portuguese missionaries, adopting the baptismal name of João I.
50803May.03Event1715 – A total solar eclipse was visible across northern Europe, and northern Asia, as predicted by Edmond Halley to within 4 minutes accuracy.
50804May.03Event1791 – The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
50805May.03Event1802 – Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city.
50806May.03Event1808 – Finnish War: Sweden loses the fortress of Sveaborg to Russia.
50807May.03Event1808 – Peninsular War: The Madrid rebels who rose up on May 2 are executed near Príncipe Pío hill.
50808May.03Event1815 – Neapolitan War: Joachim Murat, King of Naples is defeated by the Austrians at the Battle of Tolentino, the decisive engagement of the war.
50809May.03Event1830 – The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway is opened. It's the first steam hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel.
50810May.03Event1837 – The University of Athens is founded in Athens, Greece.
50811May.03Event1849 – The May Uprising in Dresden begins – the last of the German revolutions of 1848.
50812May.03Event1855 – American adventurer William Walker departs from San Francisco with about 60 men to conquer Nicaragua.
50813May.03Event1860 – Charles XV of Sweden–Norway is crowned king of Sweden.
50814May.03Event1867 – The Hudson's Bay Company gives up all claims to Vancouver Island.
50815May.03Event1877 – Labatt Park, the oldest continually operating baseball grounds in the world has its first game.
50816May.03Event1901 – The Great Fire of 1901 begins in Jacksonville, Florida.
50817May.03Event1913 – Raja Harishchandra the first full-length Indian feature film is released, marking the beginning of the Indian film industry.
50818May.03Event1915 – The poem In Flanders Fields is written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.
50819May.03Event1920 – A Bolshevik coup fails in the Democratic Republic of Georgia.
50820May.03Event1921 – West Virginia becomes the first state to legislate a broad sales tax, but does not implement it until a number of years later due to enforcement issues.

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