May 2 in Pop Culture History
1536 – Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, was arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft.
1611 – The King James Bible was published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker.
1670 – Hudson’s Bay Company was chartered by King Charles II of England. It still exists.
1775 – Benjamin Franklin completed the first scientific study and chart of the Gulf Stream.
1845 – A bridge in Great Yarmouth, England, collapsed when thousands gathered on it to watch a clown travel down the river in a tub pulled by geese. Of the 400 people went into the river, 79 died, 59 of which were children.
1885 – Good Housekeeping magazine began publication.
1918 – General Motors acquired the Chevrolet Motor Company.
1957 – An Assassin approached Gangster Frank Costello and shot him in the head, first shouting “This is for you, Frank”! Instead of killing Frank, the bullet circled Frank’s scalp from ear to ear harmlessly. The assassin’s warning saved his life.
1960 – Dick Clark concluded his second day of testimony in the Payola scandal, saving his career. “Believe me this is not as unusual as it may seem. I think the crime I have committed, if any, is that I made a great deal of money in a short time on little investment. But that is the record business.”
1965 – The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1981 # 1 Hit May 2, 1981 – May 15, 1981: Sheena Easton – Morning Train (Nine to Five)
1986 – The Citizens of Chernobyl were evacuated six days after the disaster
1987 # 1 Hit May 2, 1987 – May 15, 1987: Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died in Your Arms
1982 – The Weather Channel began broadcasting in the US
1997 – Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery was released in theaters
2003 – X2: X-Men United and The Lizzie McGuire Movie debuted in theaters
2008 – Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar
2008 – Marvel’s Iron Man was released in theaters.