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May 2 – this day in history

Today is the 16th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts
Today is the 16th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts; Image source

Hola patrons, it’s the International Harry Potter Day today. It’s time to rejoice for all the fans of the fantasy fiction series as the young wizard Harry Potter defeated Lord Voldemort in the early hours of May 2, 1998. Also known as the Anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts and is mentioned in the seventh book of the series by author J.K. Rowling. The interesting thing is that J.K. Rowling had to face rejection from many publishing houses before finally getting the series published and rest, as they, is history.

Ok, we know that for some of you it would be just an another day, but wait before you read further as we bring to you some iconic events that made May 2 etched in time for eternity and will have you hooked.

Queen of England and the second wife of King Henry VIII; Image source
Queen of England and the second wife of King Henry VIII; Image source

1. In 1536, Anne Boleyn, the then Queen of England and the second wife of King Henry VIII, was arrested on the charges of adultery. She was imprisoned and beheaded on May 19 on the orders of her husband. This incident made Anne an important figure in the religious and political upheaval of England which further led to the English Reformation.

2. The year 1885 saw the first issue of the Good Housekeeping magazine, one of the first women-centric magazines of the world. Some of the famous names who have contributed to the publication include Virginia Woolf, Evelyn Waugh, Edwin Markham and Frances Parkinson Keyes, among others.

3. Men from Mars, Women from Venus; this phrase may be an exaggeration but there was a time when Hindu women didn’t had the right to seek elected office. It was only in 1926 they gained access to it. A landmark day in the history of women’s rights and India.

4. Many of us who love to travel should thank our stars to be born in a time when moving from one destination to another has become like blinking an eye relatively. It was on this day in the year 1952 that the first commercial jet flew from London to Johannesburg. The first Comet was a four-engine aircraft, roughly the size of a small Boeing 737 and carried around 40 passengers. Ironically, the early commercial jets were roomy and passenger comfort was a much higher priority than it is today. We can only pray like fashion in cyclical and keeps coming back; this one will too soon.

5. The people of Israel had radio as the only medium of information and entertainment till the late 1960s. Though some people had television sets back then which could pick up signals from neighbouring nations like Egypt, Lebanon and Cyprus but on May 2, 1968 the Israel television transmission was inaugurated and the first visuals were from a parade through the streets of Jerusalem city.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama Bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama Bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza); Image source

6. The United States accomplished a crucial operation on May 2, 2011 on the same date (as per Indian standard time). The NAVY Seals killed the suspected mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks and the leader of Al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden. The operated was named Operation Neptune Spear and Laden was killed at his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Immediately, US President Barack Obama announced the success of the operation on world television from the White House. This execution was seen as the first major success in fighting terrorism across the world.

Birthday wishes to
Jerome K. Jerome, English playwright (1859); Satyajit Ray, Indian film director (1921); Mario Miranda, famous Indian cartoonist (1926); Donatella Versace, fashion moghul (1955); Brian Lara, cricketer (1969); David Beckham, English footballer, coach, and model (1975) and the adorable Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (who turns one in 2016).

 

Text by Supriya Aggarwal

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