This Day in History on 2nd May

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam. 

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 2nd May. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Flag Day (Poland)
Flag Day (Poland)

Important Days:

Flag Day (Poland)

Indonesia National Education Day

Teachers’ Day (Iran)

Important Events:

1907: Riots break out in Rawalpindi and East Bengal, spreading to Punjab.

1908: Police in Calcutta discover a cache of explosives for use in an alleged anarchist plot.

1918: General Motors acquired Chevrolet Motor Company.

1921: Vinayak Savarkar’s brothers Babarao and Tatyarao were sent to India from the Andaman.

1921: Satyajeet Ray, a world-famous film director and a very short story writer, was born in a family of artists.

1926: Hindu women gain the right to seek elected office.

1930: Riots break out in Amritsar.

1950: France handed over its colony Chandranagar near Kolkata to the Government of India.

1953: Declaration by the PM that India was opposed to joining any power block in the event of another war.

1954: Ceylon Asian conference ends with a plea for peace in Indo-China, end of atomic tests and condemnation of colonialism.

1968: Lok Sabha passed the Public Provident Fund Act.

1974: 700 union leaders were arrested in a move to avert a rail strike in New Delhi.

1977: C.V. Narasimhan became the director of the Central Bureau of Investigation

1986: 30-year-old Ann Bancroft of America became the first woman to reach the North Pole.

1992: President J.B.Patnaik, former Orissa CM and PCC (I), arrested on corruption charges.

1998: The Indian Army at Bandipura market captured 10.5 Kg Charas.

2004: S Rajendrababu became the 34th Chief Justice of India.

2011: US Special Forces Navy Seals-6 assassinated Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

2012: Norwegian painter Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream sold’ for 120 million at auction. This became a new world record.

Birthday / Anniversary:

1769: Sir John Malcom, former Governor of Mumbai and historian, was born.

1920: Vasantrao Deshpande, a Hindustani classical vocalist.

1921: Satyajit Ray, an Indian film director, writer, illustrator, and music composer.

1922: Kedarnath Modi, great Industrialist in Maharashtra, was born.

1969: Brian Lara, a Trinidadian former international cricketer.

1972: Ahti Heinla, an Estonian computer programmer and businessman. He is one of the developers of Skype.

1972: Dwayne Johnson, The Rock, an American-Canadian actor, producer, businessman, and retired professional wrestler.

1975: David Beckham, an English former professional footballer, the current president & co-owner of Inter Miami CF and co-owner of Salford City.

Death / Death Anniversary:

1519: Leonardo da Vinci, an Italian polymath and the greatest painter of all time.

1981: Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar, the architect of modern Himachal Pradesh and an energetic Chief Minister, passed away.

1985: Banarsidas Chaturvedi, an Indian Hindi-language writer, and journalist.

1999: Pt. Sudhakarbuva Digrajkar, a classical singer of the Jaipur-Atrauli family.

2011: Osama bin Laden, a founder of the pan-Islamic militant organization al-Qaeda.

Further Reading

Month-wise This Day in History

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