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2nd May

1885 Good Housekeeping magazine went on sale for the first time.

1887 * Vernon Castle (Blyth), English ballroom dancer.

1892 * Baron Manfred von Richthofen, German Air Force pilot nicknamed the 'Red Baron'.

1903 * Dr. Benjamin Spock, US child care specialist.

1904 * Bing (Harry Lillis) Crosby, US crooner and actor who recorded the song 'White Christmas'.

1936 Emperor Haile Selasse fled Addis Ababa 3 days before it fell to Italian forces.

1945 The Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin.

1952 The world's first ever jet airliner the 'De Havilland Comet 1' took off from London to Johannesburg on its maiden flight

1955 Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

1969 About 200 US students calling for educational reforms at Columbia University gave up their sit-in after a supreme court judge issued a warrant for their arrest.

1969 The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth II departed on her maiden voyage to New York.

1973 The Lebanese Civil War began when the army clashed with Palestinian refugees.

1982 The Argentinean battleship The Belgrano was torpedoed by a British submarine killing 362 in a controversial move by the Royal Navy off the Falklands Islands.

1994 ANC leader Nelson Mandela claimed victory in South Africa's first all-race elections.

1997 The Labour Party’s Tony Blair became Prime Minister of Britain, ending 18 years of conservative rule. At 44, he was the youngest prime minister in 185 years.

2001 A federal jury in the USA indicted the former chairmen of the world's two largest auction houses, Sotheby's and Christies, on charges of overcharging its customers.

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