Monday 2 May 2016, 02:19:00
2 May 1360
: Yongle, third emperor of the Ming dynasty of China from 1402 to 1424, is born Zhu Di in Nanjing.
2 May 1611
: The King James Bible, commisioned in 1604, is published.
2 May 1670
: The Hudson's Bay Company is founded as a fur trading business, the oldest commercial corporation in North America and one of the oldest in the world.
2 May 1729
: Catherine the Great, empress of Russia from 1762 until her death in 1796, is born Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg in Stettin, Pomerania, Germany.
2 May 1892
: Manfred von Richthofen, German fighter pilot, is born in Breslau.
2 May 2011
: Osama bin Laden, America's most wanted terrorist since the 2001 attacks, is killed by United States special forces on a covert mission in Pakistan at age 54.