May 2 in Pop Culture History

May 2 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

May 2 History Highlights

  • 1611 – The King James Bible was published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker.
  • 1885 – Good Housekeeping magazine began publication.
  • 1939 – Lou Gehrig’s playing streak ended with 2,130 consecutive games played since May 25, 1925.
  • 2011 – Osama bin Laden was killed by American forces in Pakistan.
  • If you were born on May 2nd,
    You were likely conceived the week of… August 9th (prior year)

Life Insurance in America

On May 2, 1759, Presbyterian ministers created the Corporation for Relief of Poor and Distressed Widows and Children of Presbyterian Ministers. Eleven years later, Episcopal priests created a comparable relief fund in 1769. Between 1787 and 1837 more than two dozen life insurance companies were started, but fewer than half a dozen survived.

May 2 is…

Herb Day
Life Insurance Day
Play Your Ukulele Day
Take a Baby to Lunch Day
Truffles Day
World Tuna Day

May 2 Birthday Quotes

“One does not always do the best there is. One does the best one can.”
– Catherine the Great

“Blood, sweat, and respect. First two you give. Last one you earn.”
– Dwayne Johnson

“Most New Yorkers want to look amazing, and they want you to understand that they look amazing, but they also want you to stop staring at them.”
– Ellie Kemper

“In Los Angeles, people dress with the deep and earnest hope that people will do nothing but stare at them.”
– Ellie Kemper

“We shouldn’t be copying what we see. We should try to find our own sense of style, to believe in ourselves.”
– Donatella Versace

“It is better to inspire a reform than to enforce it.”
– Catherine the Great

May 2 Birthdays

1729 – Catherine the Great of Russia (died in 1796)
1885 – Hedda Hopper, American actress and gossip columnist (died in 1966)
1892 – Manfred von Richthofen, German captain and pilot (died in 1918)
1903 – Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician, and author (died in 1998)
1907 – Pinky Lee, American comedian and television host (died in 1993)
1937 – Lorenzo Music, American actor and producer (died in 2001)
1946 – Lesley Gore, American singer-songwriter (died in 2015)
1955 – Donatella Versace, Italian fashion designer
1972 – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, American-Canadian wrestler and actor
1980 – Ellie Kemper, American comedic actress
1985 – Lily Allen, English singer-songwriter

May 2 History

1536 – Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, was arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason, and witchcraft.

1670 – Hudson’s Bay Company was chartered by King Charles II of England.

1775 – Benjamin Franklin completed the first scientific study and chart of the Gulf Stream.

1918 – General Motors acquired the Chevrolet Motor Company.

1952 – A De Havilland Comet made the first jetliner flight (with fare-paying passengers) from London to Johannesburg.

1960 – Dick Clark concluded his second day of testimony in the Payola scandal, saving his career. “Believe me this is not as unusual as it may seem. I think the crime I have committed, if any, is that I made a great deal of money in a short time on little investment. But that is the record business.”

1965 – The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1969 – The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departed on her maiden voyage to New York City.

1981 # 1 Hit May 2, 1981 – May 15, 1981: Sheena Easton – Morning Train (Nine to Five)

1986 – The Citizens of Chernobyl were evacuated six days after the disaster

1987 # 1 Hit May 2, 1987 – May 15, 1987: Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died in Your Arms

1982 – The Weather Channel began broadcasting in the US

May 2, 1983 Birthday (fictional) Sam Winchester, Supernatural, TV

May 2, 1998 (fiction) The Battle of Hogwarts took place. SPOILER: Neville Longbottom really stepped up. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2.

2001- Broadway Show – 42nd Street (Musical) May 2, 2001

2005 – Broadway Show – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Musical) May 2, 2005

2008 – Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar

2008 – Marvel’s Iron Man was released in theaters.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Walt Disney holds the record for most individual Oscar wins (22) and nominations (59)

“We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fishbowl, year after year.” #songlyrics

If the United States suddenly turned off all GPS satellites, I wonder how many pizza deliveries would be late.

A group of Salmon is called a Run.

David Tennant (#10) told his parents he wanted to be an actor at aged 3 after watching Doctor Who.

In an alternate universe, people watched a movie about Xerxes kicking a Spartan messenger down a well and yelling “This Is Persia!”

“Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little.” – A Jewish Barber in The Great Dictator  #moviequotes

“And the man in the suit has just bought a new car from the profit he’s made on your dreams.” #songlyrics

Useless Pronunciation: G as in Gnat

The best defense against somebody reading your mind is thinking in an obscure language. #toomuchtimeonmyhands

I try to do something slightly different each day to make sure I’m not living the same day over and over.

“Everybody Wang Chung tonight.” #songlyrics

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