Today in History, English
Today in History, English

50431May.02Event1982 – Falklands War: The British nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sinks the Argentine cruiser ARA General Belgrano.
50432May.02Event1986 – Chernobyl disaster: The City of Chernobyl is evacuated six days after the disaster
50433May.02Event1989 – Hungary begins dismantling its border fence with Austria, which allows a number of East Germans to defect.
50434May.02Event1994 – A bus crashes in Gdańsk, Poland killing 32 people.
50435May.02Event1995 – During the Croatian War of Independence, the Army of the Republic of Serb Krajina fires cluster bombs at Zagreb, killing seven and wounding over 175 civilians.
50436May.02Event1998 – The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy.
50437May.02Event1999 – Panamanian election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama.
50438May.02Event2000 – President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.
50439May.02Event2004 – Yelwa massacre ended. It began on 4 February 2004 when armed Muslims attacked the Christians of Yelwa killing more than 78 Christians including at least 48 who were worshipping inside a church compound. More than 630 nomad Muslims were killed by Ch
50440May.02Event2008 – Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Burma killing over 138,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless.
50441May.02Event2008 – Chaitén Volcano begins erupting in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.
50442May.02Event2011 – 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.
50443May.02Event2011 – An E. coli outbreak strikes Europe, mostly in Germany, leaving more than 30 people dead and many others sick from the bacteria outbreak.
50444May.02Event2012 – A pastel version of The Scream, by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, sells for $120 million in a New York City auction, setting a new world record for a work of art at auction.
50445May.02Event2014 – Two mudslides in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, leave up to 2,500 people missing.
50446May.02Birth1360 – Yongle Emperor of China (d. 1424)
50447May.02Birth1451 – René II, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1508)
50448May.02Birth1458 – Eleanor of Viseu (d. 1525)
50449May.02Birth1533 – Philip II, Duke of Brunswick-Grubenhagen (d. 1596)
50450May.02Birth1551 – William Camden, English historian and topographer (d. 1623)
50451May.02Birth1601 – Athanasius Kircher, German priest and scholar (d. 1680)
50452May.02Birth1660 – Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian composer (d. 1725)
50453May.02Birth1695 – Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni, Italian-French painter and architect (d. 1766)
50454May.02Birth1702 – Friedrich Christoph Oetinger, German theologian and theosopher (d. 1782)
50455May.02Birth1707 – Jean-Baptiste Barrière, French cellist and composer (d. 1747)
50456May.02Birth1729 – Catherine the Great, Russian wife of Peter III of Russia (d. 1796)
50457May.02Birth1737 – William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Irish-English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1805)
50458May.02Birth1740 – Elias Boudinot, American lawyer and politician, 10th President of the Continental Congress (d. 1821)
50459May.02Birth1750 – John André, English soldier and spy (d. 1780)
50460May.02Birth1752 – Ludwig August Lebrun, German oboe player and composer (d. 1790)

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