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On this day: May 2

POSTED: 01:30 PM PDT May 01, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 01, 2013 

Leonardo da Vinci dies, Lou Gehrig sits out a game for the first time in 14 years, the Soviets capture Berlin, and a version of "The Scream" sells for a record amount at auction, all on this day.

OTD May 2 - Catherine II
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1729: Catherine the Great, the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, is born Sophia Augusta Fredericka in Stettin, Pomerania, Kingdom of Prussia. She came to power as empress following a coup and the assassination of her husband, Peter III, in 1762 and reigned until her death at the age of 67, revitalizing Russia into one of Europe's great powers.

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