May 2nd

2012
A pastel version of The Scream, by painter Edvard Munch, sold for $120 million in a New York City auction. The transaction set a new world record for an auctioned piece of art.
The Scream
2011
Osama bin Laden is killed by a U.S. commando. Bin Laden was the founder of al-Qaeda, a militant group that claimed responsibility for a series of terrorist attacks on U.S. targets on September 11, 2001.
Death of Osama bin Laden
2008
Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless.
Cyclone Nargis
1997
Tony Blair becomes British Prime Minister, ending 18 years of Conservative Party reign. Blair's Labor Party achieved a landslide victory in the general elections. Many of his early fans were bitterly disappointed when he supported the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Tony Blair
1994
Nelson Mandela claimed victory in South Africa's first democratic elections.
Nelson Mandela
1989
The Iron Curtain begins to crumble as Hungary dismantles its border fence. By gradually opening its border to Austria, Hungary facilitated the escape of hundreds of East Germans in the months before the Berlin Wall fell.
Iron Curtain
1982
The British Royal Navy sinks the Argentinian cruiser General Belgrano. 323 lives were lost in the attack, more than half of the total number of Argentinian casualties during the Falklands War. The British Sun tabloid newspaper commented the controversial attack with one of its most notorious headlines: “Gotcha”.
ARA General Belgrano
1972
J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI for 48 years, died at age 77.
J. Edgar Hoover
1969
The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth II departed on her maiden voyage to New York.
Queen Elizabeth 2
1955
Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
1952
The jet age begins with the first scheduled flight of the De Havilland Comet 1. Precisely one year after the maiden flight from London to Johannesburg, a Comet 1 crashed due to structural problems, killing 43 people. A series of similar accidents soon led to the grounding of the entire Comet fleet.
de Havilland Comet
1949
Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman".
Death of a Salesman
1945
The Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.
End of World War II in Europe
1941
General Mills began shipping a new cereal called "Cheerioats" to six test markets. (The cereal was later renamed "Cheerios.").
1939
Lou Gehrig established a new major-league baseball record when he played his 2,130th consecutive game. It would take another 57 years before Cal Ripken, Jr., broke it.
Lou Gehrig
1932
Jack Benny's first radio show debuted on the NBC Blue Network.
The Jack Benny Program
1895
Broadway lyricist Lorenz Hart was born in New York City.
Lorenz Hart
1890
The Oklahoma Territory was organized.
Oklahoma Territory
1885
Good Housekeeping magazine went on sale for the first time.
Good Housekeeping
1863
Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was accidentally wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, Va. He died eight days later.
Stonewall Jackson
1670
The Hudson Bay Co. was chartered by England's King Charles II.
Hudson's Bay Company
1519
Artist Leonardo da Vinci died.
Leonardo da Vinci