May 2 is the 122nd day of the year (123rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 243 days remaining until the end of the year.
Finnish calendar: Vuokko, Viivi
Finnish - Swedish calendar: Vivian, Vivan, Vivi
orthodox calendar: Monkey, Ohvo, Saija, Soja
calendar in the Sámi language: Viivvá, Vuohkku
in older calendars: Anastasius, Atanasius, Athanasius, Filip, Sigismund, Viva
1808 - Finnish War: Battle of Pulkkila.
1808 - An uprising erupts in Spain against Napoleon I, who occupies the country. This was followed by a five-year war in the Pyrenees.
1879 - The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party is formed.
1900 - King Oscar II of Sweden declares his support for Britain in the Boer War.
1916 - Alavieska Church is destroyed in a fire caused by lightning.
1933 - Adolf Hitler bans trade unions.
1945 - The Soviet Union announces the fall of Berlin. Soviet soldiers raised the flag of victory on the roof of the German Kingdom House. German troops surrendered to Italy.
1952 - The British Overseas Airways Corporation's de Havilland Comet, the first commercial jet, begins scheduled flights.
1953 - The coronation of King Hussein of Jordan.
1955 - Tennessee Williams receives the Pulitzer Prize for Drama on the Hot Roof.
1979 - Lappajärvi Dam Rebellion; due to the water demand of the power plant, the water surface of the lake had run very low. The hosts blocked the mouth of the Ähtäväjoki river with the stones they brought with their tractors.
1982 - Falkland War: British cruiser ARA General Belgrano is sunk by the British HMS Conqueror.
1997 - Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. At the age of 44, he was the country’s youngest prime minister for 185 years.
2000 - The U.S. Department of Defense removes civil interference from the GPS signal.
2008 - Tropical cyclone Nargis in Myanmar.
2011 - Osama bin Laden dies in an American military strike.
2016 - Helsinki's city bike system begins operations.
1360 - Yongle, Emperor of China (d. 1424)
1602 - Athanasius Kircher, German Jesuit priest and scholar (c. 1680)
1660 - Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian composer (c. 1725)
1729 - Catherine II, Empress of Russia (d. 1796)
1737 - Berndt Johan Hastfer, Finnish colonel, ironworker and landowner (d. 1809)
1737 - William Petty, British Whig politician and prime minister (d. 1805)
1772 - Georg Philipp Friedrich von Hardenberg (“Novalis”), German poet (d. 1801)
1779 - John Galt, Scottish writer (d. 1839)
1806 - Carl Emil Cedercreutz, Finnish senator and councilor of the Court of Appeal (d. 1869)
1810 - Hans Christian Lumbye, Danish composer and conductor (d. 1874)
1854 - Josef Stenbäck, Finnish church architect (Heinävesi Church) (c. 1929)
1859 - Jerome K. Jerome, English writer (Three Men in a Boat) (c. 1927)
1860 - Theodor Herzl, Austrian journalist (creator of Zionism) (c. 1904)
1892 - Manfred von Richthofen ("Red Baron"), German fighter pilot (b. 1918)
1894 - Norma Talmadge, American actress (Secrets) (b. 1957)
1895 - Lorenz Hart, American lyricist (d. 1943)
1898 - Reino Lehto, Finnish Governor and Prime Minister of Finland (d. 1966)
1902 - Kirsti Saga Karhi, Finnish actress (d. 1981)
1903 - Rudolf Prüss, a Finnish corporal with an African background who fought and fell in the Winter War (c. 1940)
1903 - Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician, author and rower (Olympic winner) (c. 1998)
1903 - Eino Raita, Finnish theater director, director and actor (c. 1970)
1906 - Aulikki Rautawaara, Finnish opera singer (d. 1990)
1912 - Axel Springer, German editor and publisher (c. 1985)
1921 - Satyajit Ray, Indian Film Director (Song of the Road