On This Day: What happened on 02 May?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 02 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1936 | Italy invades Ethiopia forcing Emperor Haile Selassie, to escape into exile.

1952 | The first regular jet flight by De Havilland Comet leaves London for Johannesburg.

2004 | Yelwa massacre: Christians counter-attack Muslims resulting in the deaths of 630 Muslims.

2020 | South African Police Service members arrested 18 Fraserburg residents after a group demand to be sold liquor and cigarettes in Karoo.

2020 | The corruption case against former President Jacob Zuma for unlawfully pocketing millions of rands from the controversial arms deal was postponed to 23 June 2020.

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1958 | South African film director, Henry Cornelius (45)

1980 | Senegalese writer, Alioune Diop (70)

2020 | Egyptian media producer, Shady Habash (24)


1954 | The first national Director of Public Prosecutions in South Africa, Bulelani T Ngcuka 

1964 | Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Nonkosi Zoliswa Mhlantla 

1981 | South African rapper, Tuks Senganga

1982 | South African cricket player, Johan Botha


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2012 | Lionel Messi, Barcelona’s forward breaks the European goal-scoring record when he scored his 68th goal.



2008 | ‘Iron Man’ the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is released.


 The world’s tallest and largest land animals which are the Giraffe and African Elephant come from Africa.


Presh JM Reporter

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