On this day: May 2

POSTED: 01:30 PM PDT May 01, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 01, 2016 

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 - Battle of Alcatraz
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1946: A riot and standoff begin at Alcatraz Island Federal Penitentiary following an unsuccessful escape attempt. The standoff, known as the "Battle of Alcatraz," would last until May 4 and leave two guards and three inmates dead. Two of the surviving convicts were later executed for their roles.


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