On this day May 02-08, 2021 (week 18) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.


On this day May 02-08, 2021 (week 18)

May 2, 2021 - May 8, 2021 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the Indian film industry, the first British General Strike, Napoleon Bonaparte of France, the purchase of Manhattan Island, golfer Severiano Ballesteros, and the discovery of the Mississippi River.

May 2, 2011: Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces in a covert operation based on U.S. intelligence that revealed he was hiding out in Pakistan

May 3, 1913: The Indian film industry was born when the silent full-length feature film Raja Harishchandra was first shown in Mumbai, drawing vast crowds

May 4, 1926: The first ever General Strike in Britain began. Over nine days, troops helped maintain essential services, here escorting a food convoy in central London

May 5, 1821: Napoleon Bonaparte, deposed Emperor of France who conquered much of Europe before his defeat at Waterloo, died a British prisoner on the island of St Helena

May 6, 1626: Dutch settler Peter Minuit bought what is now Manhattan Island from Native American Indians for a handful of trinkets worth no more than 25 dollars

May 7, 2011: Severiano Ballesteros, one of Spain’s greatest golfers, died from cancer at age 54. “Seve” won five majors and featured in five victorious Ryder Cup campaigns

May 8, 1541: Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovered the Mississippi River. Its name derives from the Native American Ojibwe name Misi-Zibi, meaning Great River

PUBLISHED: 19/04/2021; DESIGN: Phil Bainbridge; PICTURE RESEARCH: Julie Mullins; EVENT SELECTION: Fiona Roberts and Susan Shepherd; PROOFING: Julie Mullins; TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION: Fiona Roberts;; STORY: Julie Mullins; PICTURES: Newscom, Getty, Associated Press