On this day: May 2

POSTED: 01:30 PM PDT May 01, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 01, 2014 

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 - Lou Gehrig
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Library of Congress

1939: New York Yankees slugger Lou Gehrig sits out a game for the first time in 14 years, a streak running 2,130 games that began on June 1, 1925. His record of consecutive games played wouldn't be broken until Cal Ripken Jr. did so in September 1995. Gehrig was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, now commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in June 1939 and died on June 2, 1941.

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