On This Day In History, 2 May

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World Events Today

  • Henry VIII had his second wife Anne Boleyn arrested for treason today in 1536, she was sent to the Tower of London and later beheaded
  • The Labour party won the United Kingdom general election by a landslide majority today in 1997, Tony Blair became Prime Minister
  • Osama bin Laden, the founder and first leader of Al-Qaeda, was killed today in 2011 in Pakistan by United States Navy SEALs, it ended a nearly 10-year search following his role in the September 11 attacks on the United States

Entertainment Events Today

  • One of the 2 pastel versions of “The Scream” by the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch was sold today in 2012, the price paid was 119,922,600 US Dollars
  • Leicester City were confirmed as champions of the English Premier League today in 2016, they started the season as 5,000 to 1 outsiders
  • It was announced today in 2019, that one of only two surviving portraits of Leonardo da Vinci, found in Queen Elizabeth II’s collection, would go on public display for the first time at Buckingham Palace on 24th May

Family Events Today

  • J Edgar Hoover, the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI, died today in 1972 after over 37 years in the job
  • The English footballer David Beckham, the first English player to win league titles in 4 countries, was born today in 1975 in London
  • Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper, better known as the English singer-songwriter Lily Allen, whose hits include Smile and It’s Not Me It’s You, was born today in 1985 in London

Main Event Today

  • The Battle of Berlin, one of the last major offensives of World War II in Europe, ended today in 1945

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Truffle Day

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