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Events on May 02
Famous Birthdays on May 02
Quotes from Legend
Jakie, is it my birthday, or am I dying?
- Nancy, Viscountess Astor, US-born British politician - her last words, said today to her son, who replied: “A bit of both Mum.” 1964.
Historical News on May 02
Renaissance Man Moves on
1519 The Florentine painter Leonardo da Vinci died at Cloux in France at the age of 67.
In an era of artistic genius he shared with the universally talented Michelangelo, the dazzling painters Titian and Raphael, and Bramante, the giant of architecture, Leonardo was perhaps the greatest of them all.
Born in Vinci, the illegitimate son of a notary, he trained in Florence under Verrocchio.
His most famous works are indubitably the mural The Last Supper and the portrait Mona Lisa.
Leonardo was a court artist to the Duke of Milan for 18 years as well as a civil and military engineer, and an expert mathematician and biologist, a grinder of lenses, a designer of clock mechanisms, of devices for transmitting energy, even of flying machines.
In his quest for understanding the natural world, he studied birds in flight, swirling streams, and rock strata, his amazingly acute eye freezing motion in sketches and diagrams.
After the French invasion of Milan in 1499, he returned to Florence, becoming a military engineer and architect to Cesare Borgia.
Leonardo was as great a scientist as he was an artist.
To him, art and science were one, part of the search for knowledge.
Seldom has a search been so rewarded.
Leonardo leaves an immensely rich body of work.
Furore Over Sinking of The General Belgrano
1982 The Argentine cruiser General Belgrano was torpedoed and sunk today by the British submarine Conqueror – 30 miles (48 km) outside the 200-mile (320 km) “exclusion zone” Britain has declared around the Falkland Islands.
Some 360 crewmen perished. The Argentinian government has denounced the attack as “a treacherous act of armed aggression”, but British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher insists that the cruiser posed a threat.
A Royal Navy task force set sail last month for the Falklands to dislodge Argentinian forces that occupied the British islands on April 4.
Last week a British advance force recaptured the island of South Georgia.
Argentina has for many years laid claim to the Falklands.
Pink Floyd’s Hit is Black Anthem
1980 British rock group Pink Floyd’s hit single “Another Brick in the Wall” was banned by the South African government today.
Rebellious black school children have adopted the song as an anthem.
The brutally suppressed nationwide riots of 1976 were started by black school children rejecting the racist government’s education system, which spends six times as much educating a white child as a black child.
Now the young protesters chant Pink Floyd’s lines.
“We don’t ” want no education, we don’t want no thought control.”
Banning the song is not likely to stop them singing it – nor meaning it.
1952 Jet-age travel was born today as de Havilland Comet jet airliner with 36 passengers aboard took off from London for Johannesburg on the first scheduled jet flight.
The British Overseas Airways Corporation flight is scheduled to take 18 hours, flying via Rome, Beirut, Khartoum, Entebbe, and Living-stone.
It made its maiden flight in July 1949.
Death of Osama Bin Laden
2011 Osama bin Laden, the former head of the Islamist militant group AI-Qaeda, and top of the US Most Wanted list, was killed in Pakistan by US forces.
The operation, code-named “Operation Neptune Spear”, was ordered by United States President Barack Obama and carried out in a Central Intelligence Agency-led operation The raid on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad culminated in what was described as “a firefight”.
U.S. forces took bin Laden’s body to Afghanistan for identification, then buried it at sea within 24 hours of his death.
Announcing the success of the operation, Mr. Obama said it was “the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat AL-Qaeda”.
One of bin Laden’s sons was also killed in the attack.