This day in history

Friday, May 2, is the 122d day of 2014. There are 243 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Actor Theodore Bikel is 90. Singer Engelbert Humperdinck is 78. Actress-activist Bianca Jagger is 69. Singer Lesley Gore is 68. Singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin is 66. Rock singer Lou Gramm (Foreigner) is 64. Actress Christine Baranski is 62. Director Stephen Daldry is 54. Actress Mitzi Kapture is 52. Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson (a.k.a. The Rock) is 42. Soccer player David Beckham is 39. Actor Gaius Charles is 31. Gold medal figure skater Sarah Hughes is 29.


In 1519, artist Leonardo da Vinci died in Cloux, France, at 67.

In 1863, General ‘‘Stonewall’’ Jackson was accidentally wounded by Confederate troops at Chancellorsville, Va.; he died eight days later.

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In 1890, the Oklahoma Territory was organized.

In 1945, the Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin, and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.

In 1963, the Children’s Crusade began in Birmingham, Ala., as more than 1,000 black schoolchildren skipped classes and marched downtown to protest racial segregation; hundreds were arrested.


In 1972, a fire at the Sunshine silver mine in Kellogg, Idaho, claimed the lives of 91 workers. Longtime FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover died in Washington at 77.

In 1994, Nelson Mandela claimed victory in South Africa’s first democratic elections; President F. W. de Klerk acknowledged defeat.

In 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed by elite US forces at his Pakistan compound, then quickly buried at sea.

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