May 2

May 2 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on May 2, include:

  • Baby Day 
  • Brothers and Sisters Day 
  • International Harry Potter Day  
  • International Scurvy Awareness Day 
  • National Day of Prayer - May 2, 2024 (First Thursday in May)
  • National Day of Reason - May 2, 2024 (First Thursday in May) - Set up in 2003 by Humanists/Atheists on the same day as the National Day of Prayer for a secular alternative
  • National Fire Day 
  • National Life Insurance Day 
  • National Play Your Ukulele Day 
  • National Truffles Day 
  • Take a Baby to Lunch Day 
  • World Password Day - May 2, 2024 (First Thursday in May)
  • World Tuna Day 

2024 Weekly Holidays that include May 2, are:

  • Choose Privacy Week - May 1-7
  • Go Diaper Free Week - April 28 - May 4, 2024 (7 Days Starting the Last Sunday in April)
  • International Mariachi Week - May 1-5, 2024
  • National Auctioneers Week - April 28 - May 4, 2024 (Observed the week ending with National Auctioneers Day)
  • National Physical Education and Sports Week - May 1-7 (First Week in May)
  • National Small Business Week - April 28 - May 4, 2024 (First Week of May)
  • Orthodox Lent - Begins on Ash Wednesday - March 18, 2024 - May 4, 2024 (Begins on Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday)
  • Preservation Week - April 28 - May 4, 2024
  • Stewardship Week - April 28 - May 5, 2024 (Last Sunday in April to First Sunday in May)

2024 Monthly Holidays that include May 2, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our May Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of May.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Festival of Ridvan - April 20 - May 2, 2024

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for May 2 is Taurus.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for May are:

  • The Lily of the Valley - Humility, Chastity and Sweetness - signifies a return to happiness
  • Hawthorn


The Birthstone(s) for May is the Emerald which is a symbol of rebirth and is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1903 - Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician and author (Common Sense Book of Baby Care) (d. 1998)
  • 1936 - Engelbert Humperdinck - English singer
  • 1948 - Larry Gatlin, American Country and Gospel singer, songwriter, and actor (Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers)
  • 1955 - Donatella Versace, Italian fashion designer
  • 1972 - Dwayne Johnson, American-Canadian wrestler, actor, and producer (Known as The Rock)
  • 2015 - Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, British royal, daughter of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge who is fourth in line to the British throne.

Famous Deaths

  • 1519 - Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, and architect (Mona Lisa, The Last Supper) (b. 1452)
  • 1880 - Eberhard Anheuser, German-American businessman who co-founded Anheuser-Busch (b. 1805)
  • 1972 - J. Edgar Hoover, American, First Director of the F.B.I. (b. 1895)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1946 - Actress Joan Fontaine (Rebecca) marries actor and producer William Dozier

Quote of the Day

Benjamin Spock was born on this day in 1903!

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
or a Recipe of the Day

Healthy Grocery Shopping List

See Kerry's Healthy Grocery List, that includes mostly healthy items that you can shop for. You can use Kerry's Grocery List that works for her family as a sample to set up one that works for your family!

This Day in History

  • 1611 - The King James Version of the Bible is published for the first time in London, England
  • 1863 - Stonewall Jackson is wounded by friendly fire during the American Civil War and he died from pneumonia eight days later
  • 1964 - During the Vietnam War, an explosion sinks the USS Card while it is docked at Saigon
  • 1969 - British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 sets sail on her maiden vogage to New York City
  • 1986 - The City of Chernobyl is evacuated six days after the nuclear disaster
  • 2008 - A cyclone named Nargi kills over 138,000 people in Burma
  • 2011 - Osama bin Laden of the 9/11 attacks is killed by the U.S. special forces in Pakistan
  • 2012 - A New world record for a work of art at auction is set after a pastel version of The Scream, by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch sells for $120 in New York City
  • 2014 - Two mudslides leave up to 2,500 people missing in Badakhshan, Afghanistan

This Day in Music

  • 1955 - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof wins Tennessee Williams a Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • 1987 - I Just Died in Your Arms from Cutting Crew hits #1 on the Hot 100
  • 1995 - Pink Floyd's album The Wall goes Diamond (sales in the U.S. over 10 million)
  • 2005 - Cream reunites after 36 years for the first of four shows in London
  • 2010 - A flood in Nashville, Tennessee damages the Grand Ole Opry House and Country Music Hall of Fame

Above is I Just Died in Your Arms from Cutting Crew

This Day in Sports

  • 1876 - The first HR in the National League is hit by Ross Barnes
  • 1920 - The Negro National League baseball plays its first game in Indianapolis
  • 1954 - In a doubleheader, Stan Musial hits 5 HR's
  • 1970 - Diane Crump is the first woman jockey at the Kentucky Derby
  • 2012 - Lionel Messi a Barcelona football player scores 68 goals to break the European goal-scoring record

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Cucumiform (adjective)

1. Shaped like a cucumber; having the form of a cylinder tapered and rounded at the ends, and possibly curved.

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