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Monday May 2, 2016

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May 2 is the 123nd day of the year 

There are 243 days remaining until the end of the year.

the sun will rise at 6:11 am and sunset will be at 8:02 pm.

Today we will have 13 hours and 51 minutes of sun. 

High Noon is actually at 1:07 pm.

first low tide was at 2:29 am 

and the next low tide will be at 2:27 pm. 

The first high tide will be at 8:28 am 

and the next high tide at 9:24 pm.

Today is…

National Truffle Day

National Life Insurance Day

Fire Day

National Melanoma DAY

Anniversary of the Dos de Mayo Uprising in Madrid, Spain

Birth Anniversary of Third Druk Gyalpo, also Teachers' Day in Bhutan

Flag Day in Poland

Indonesia National Education Day

Teachers' Day in Iran

The last day of the Festival of Ridván in the Bahá'í Faith

on this day in history….

in 1611, The King James Version of the Bible is published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker.

in 1885, Good Housekeeping magazine goes on sale for the first time.

1918 – General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.

1920 – The first game of the Negro National League baseball is played in 
Indianapolis.

1932 – Comedian Jack Benny's radio show airs for the first time.

1945 – World War II: Fall of Berlin: The Soviet Union announces the capture of 
Berlin and Soviet soldiers hoist their red flag over the Reichstag building.

1946 – The "Battle of Alcatraz" takes place; two guards and three inmates are killed.

1952 – The world's first ever jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1 makes its maiden 
flight, from London to Johannesburg.

1955 – Tennessee Williams wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin 
Roof.

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

1986 – Chernobyl disaster: The City of Chernobyl is evacuated six days after the 
disaster

1989 – Hungary begins dismantling its border fence with Austria, which allows a 
number of East Germans to defect.

1999 – Panamanian general election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first 
woman to be elected President of Panama.

2011 – 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.

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2012 – 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.

if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you!  You celebrate with...

1660 – Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian composer (d. 1725)

1729 – Catherine the Great, of Russia (d. 1796)

1860 – Theodor Herzl, Austrian journalist and author (d. 1904)

1881 – Alexander Kerensky, Russian lawyer and politician, 10th Prime Minister of 
Russia (d. 1970)

1885 – Hedda Hopper, American actress and gossip columnist (d. 1966)

1892 – Manfred von Richthofen, German captain and pilot (d. 1918)

1903 – Benjamin Spock, American rower, pediatrician, and author (d. 1998)

1907 – Pinky Lee, American comedian and television host (d. 1993)

1921 – Satyajit Ray, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1992)

1924 – Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 
2015)

1929 – Link Wray, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)

1936 – Engelbert Humperdinck, Indian-English singer and pianist

 

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1946 – Lesley Gore, American singer-songwriter (d. 2015)

1972 – Dwayne Johnson, American-Canadian wrestler, actor, and producer