Today in History - May 2


1519 Leonardo da Vinci died at age 67.
1670 – The Hudson Bay Company is founded 
1808 – The citizens of Madrid rise up against Napoleon 
1813 – Napoleon defeats a Russian and Prussian army at Grossgorschen. 
1890 – King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo Free State. 
1918 GM buys Chevrolet 1919 – The first U.S. air Passenger Service Starts. 
1933 – The Loch Ness monster is sighted in Scotland. 
1945 – WWII – Battle of Berlin ends as Soviet army takes Berlin and General Weidling surrenders 
1949 – Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for “Death of a Salesman” 
1952 – The world’s first ever jet airliner – the De Havilland Comet 1 – sets off from London to Johannesburg on its maiden flight. 
1953 – Hussein is crowned King of Jordan. 
1972 – Dwayne “The Rock” Born in Hayward, California 
1975 – David Beckham, born 
1994 Nelson Mandela is victorious in South Africa’s first multiracial election. 
2008 – Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless 
2008 – Iron Man released (It is the first movie in the Phase I of Marvel.)

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