Saturday, May 2, 2015

Today in History: Saturday, May 02, 2015

AP Highlight in History:
On May 2, 2011, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, then quickly buried at sea.
AP Photo/Anjum Naveed
On this date in:
1519Artist Leonardo da Vinci died.
1670The Hudson Bay Co. was chartered by England's King Charles II.
1863Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was accidentally wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, Va. He died eight days later.
1890The Oklahoma Territory was organized.
1895Broadway lyricist Lorenz Hart was born in New York City.
1932Jack Benny's first radio show debuted on the NBC Blue Network.
1939New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,130 consecutive games played came to an end when the ailing slugger removed himself from the lineup.
AP Photo
1941General Mills began shipping a new cereal called "Cheerioats" to six test markets. (The cereal was later renamed "Cheerios.")
1945The Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.
1972J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI for 48 years, died at age 77.
1982The Weather Channel debuted.
1994Nelson Mandela claimed victory in South Africa's first democratic elections.
1997Tony Blair became, at age 44, Britain's youngest prime minister in 185 years.
2012Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sworn in to Myanmar's military-backed parliament.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Christine Baranski ("The Good Wife") turns 63 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini
Theodore BikelActor91
Engelbert HumperdinckSinger79
Bianca JaggerActress70
David SuchetActor69
Larry GatlinCountry singer67
Lou GrammRock singer (Foreigner)65
Jamaal WilkesBasketball Hall of Famer62
Dwayne JohnsonActor, wrestler43
Gaius CharlesActor ("Friday Night Lights")32
Lily Rose CooperSinger30
Sarah HughesFigure skater30
Kay PanabakerActress ("No Ordinary Family""25
Soccer player David Beckham turns 40 years old today.
AP Photo/Dan Steinberg
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