One Year Ago Today…

We got him!

And this was the place.

for Wednesday, May 2nd, the 123rd day of 2012

Today is National Rowdy Friends Day, a time to check up on your old rowdy friends to see if they’re okay. Today is National Babies Day. Today is the Great American Grump Out, All Americans are asked to go 24 hours without being grumpy, Crabby, or rude. So sour pusses, suck it up!

1863: Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson is accidentally wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, Va.; he died eight days later.

Thomas JonathanStonewallJackson (January 21, 1824 – May 10, 1863) was a Confederate general during the American Civil War, and one of the best-known Confederate commanders after General Robert E. Lee. His military career includes the Valley Campaign of 1862 and his service as a corps commander in the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee. Confederate pickets accidentally shot him at the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863; the general survived with the loss of an arm to amputation. However, he died of complications of pneumonia eight days later. His death was a severe setback for the Confederacy, affecting not only its military prospects, but also the morale of its army and of the general public.

1970: The first woman jockey rides in the Kentucky Derby; she finished in 15th place aboard Fathom. Her name was Diane Crump.

A Derby win may have eluded her, but she scored more than 230 victories on track before leaving the sport in 1985. Since retiring from competition, Crump has worked as a trainer for many years and has her own horse breeding business.

And the really big news for May 2 was one year ago today…

Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs in a daring raid on his compound near Islamabad, Pakistan. According to the trove of documents uncovered by U.S. forces, bin Laden “regularly ordered his subordinates to plan new attacks, including assassinations of President Barack Obama and Gen. David Petraeus,” NBC News reported.

According to the Washington Post, bin Laden wanted to kill Obama, in part, because he felt Vice President Joe Biden was “unprepared” to step in as commander in chief. Bin Laden’s planned assassination of Obama involved hijacking Air Force One, the Post said.

Although the date was May 1st in the U. S. in Pakistan it was already May 2nd.


And in Music History –

1989: A mall security guard in Simi Valley, California, followed a mysterious window shopper who obviously was wearing false hair and a moustache and ratty-looking clothes. It turned out to be singer Michael Jackson.