2022 May

May 2: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 2

May 2nd is also known as International Harry Potter Day and Baby Day.

We’re now on the 122nd day of the year, and have 243 days left.

If this day is important to you, you should know what happened on this day, with these interesting facts & historical events.

Did you know that on this day in 1918, General Motors bought the Chevrolet Motor Company? The deal was orchestrated by Billy Durant who had founded both companies.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about May 2nd in history!

What Events Happened On May 2 In History?


The FBI’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, was killed by the US Navy Seals and CIA operatives in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

US President Barack Obama ordered the covert operation.

The Stanley Cup Finals took place with the Toronto Maple Leafs beating the Montreal Canadiens.

OTD in 1967: The Stanley Cup Finals took place with the Toronto Maple Leafs beating the Montreal Canadiens.
Terry Sawchuk prevented 41 shots from the opposing team, resulting in their victory.

An assassination attempt was made on Gangster Frank Costello.

As Frank Costello was arriving home, a man followed him into the lobby where Costello was shot in the head. The bullet curved around his skull from his ear to his neck and exited without any mortal damage.

The Battle of Berlin ended, with German forces conceding as the Soviet army took Berlin.


The first game of the Negro National League was played at Washington Park in Indianapolis.


General Motors bought the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.


Take Me Out to the Ball Game was copyrighted.

The US Copyright office received two copies of this new song for copyright. It was written by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer, neither of which had ever attended a baseball game before writing. It has since become the official anthem of Northern American baseball.

The territory of Oklahoma was incorporated.


The first-ever magazine issue of “Good Housekeeping” was published.


American Congress eliminated the twenty cent coin.

OTD in 1878: American Congress eliminated the twenty cent coin.

Britain founded the Swan River Colony in Western Australia.

The original landing site of the Swan River Colony, later on, became the city of Perth, Western Australia's capital. The first settlers in the colony found life incredibly challenging as the land was not particularly suitable for growing crops. The colonists eventually eked out a meager existence as one of Australia's only non-penal colonies.

William Herschel discovered the first binary star.

Named Xi Ursae Majoris, this star system was the first of its kind to be discovered. A binary star system is two stars which orbit around their common center of mass.

May 2 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

If you were born on May 2, your star sign is Taurus.

Taurus is the second astrological sign in the modern zodiac. It’s an earth sign represented by the bull.

All those born in May have the Emerald birthstone. The emerald symbolizes rebirth and is believed to grant the owner good fortune and youth. This beautiful green gem is also known to bring loyalty to the wearer.

If you were lucky enough to be born on May 2, you were likely conceived around August 9, the year before.

Is today is your birthday? If so, you share this special day with Dwayne Johnson! Check out more famous people born on this day below.

Famous People Born On May 2

David Beckham

David Beckham

English Footballer
Birthday: May 2, 1975
Age: 46 years old
Born In: England, United Kingdom
Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson

American Actor
Birthday: May 2, 1972
Age: 49 years old
Born In: California, USA

Special Holidays On May 2nd

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

Did you know that on this day, May 2nd 1918, General Motors bought the Chevrolet Motor Company?