May 2 in Pop Culture History
|May 2 is…
Brothers and Sisters Day (Also known as Sibling Appreciation Day)
National Fire Day
National Life Insurance Day
National Play Your Ukulele Day
Scurvy Awareness Day
Take a Baby to Lunch Day
National Truffle Day
World Tuna Day
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 – King Charles II of England chartered Hudson’s Bay Company.
1775 – Benjamin Franklin completed the first scientific study and chart of the Gulf Stream.
1885 – Good Housekeeping magazine began publication.
1918 – General Motors acquired the Chevrolet Motor Company.
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
2001 – 42nd Street (Broadway Musical) Opened on May 2, 2001, and closed on January 2, 2005 (revival)
2005 – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Broadway Musical) Opened on May 2, 2005, and closed on January 20, 2008
2008 – Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar
2008 – Marvel’s Iron Man was released in theaters.