1519 ~ LEONARDO da ViNCi the Italian Renaissance polymath considered to be the most diversely talented person to ever live, and one of the greatest painters of all time, died on the 2nd day of May in 1519 aged 67. Leonardo was a great example of a polymath, he was a successful architect, painter, writer, cartographer, sculptor, inventor, musician, anatomist, geologist, botanist, scientist, mathematician and engineer. His genius was considered superhuman.
1885 ~ Good Housekeeping magazine went on sale for the first time on the 2nd May 1885.
1895 ~ Lorenz Hart the American playwright, songwriter, and composer was born on the 2nd May 1895 (died 1943).
1903 ~ Benjamin Spock the American pediatrician and author was born on the 2nd May 1903 (died 1998). Benjamin Spock’s book Baby and Child Care (published in 1946) was one of the biggest best-sellers of all time. Throughout the book’s first 52 years, Baby and Child Care was the 2nd best selling book, next to the Bible. The books best message to mothers was “you know more than you think you do.”
1906 ~ Philippe Halsman the American photographer was born on the 2nd May 1906 (died 1979).
1927 – Ray Barrett the Australian actor was born on the 2nd May 1927 (died 2009).
1932 ~ Jack Benny‘s radio show aired for the first time on the 2nd May 1932.
1936 ~ ENGELBERT HUMPERDiNCK the British Indian singer was born on the 2nd day of May in 1936 as Arnold George Dorsey. Engelbert is best known for his No 1 hit Release Me in 1967. On the 1st of March in 2012 the BBC announced that Engelbert Humperdinck would represent the United Kingdom in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan on 26th May 2012.
1945 – Judge Dread the English singer-songwriter was born on the 2nd May 1945 (died 1998).
1945 – Bianca Jagger the Nicaraguan-English actress, model, and activist was born on the 2nd May 1945.
1952 ~ The De HAViLLAND COMET 1 became the world’s 1st jet airliner, when it made its maiden flight from London to Johannesburg, on the 2nd day of May in 1952.
*Photo from Imperial War Museums ~ London
1953 ~ Valery Gergiev the Russian conductor was born on the 2nd May 1953.
1955 – Donatella Versace the Italian fashion designer was born on the 2nd May 1955.
1963 ~ Berthold Seliger launched a rocket with 3 stages and a maximum flight altitude of more than 100 kilometres on the 2nd May 1963, near Cuxhaven. It wass the only sounding rocket developed in Germany.
1969 ~ Queen Elizabeth 2 the British ocean liner departed on her maiden voyage to New York City on the 2nd May 1969.
1975 – David Beckham the English footballer, coach, and model was born on the 2nd May 1975.
1985 ~ LiLY ALLEN the English singer songwriter was born on the 2nd day of May in 1985.
1999 ~ Oliver Reed the English actor died on the 2nd May 1999 (born 1938).
2012~ THE SCREAM by Edvard Munch sold for a record $US119.9 million ($AUS116.4 million) at Sotheby’s in New York City on the 2nd day of May 2012. The 1895 pastel artwork is one of 4 versions of the composition, seen as modern symbol of human anxiety.