STONEWALL AND THE ROCK

May 2nd in history:

Rock and Engelbert

The search for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden ended with a raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2nd, 2011.  Bin Laden and four other people were shot and killed by Navy SEALs under cover of darkness.  It was still May 1st in the U.S., when President Barack Obama announced bin Laden’s death on television.  The raid was dramatized in the 2012 film “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was shot by his own troops on May 2nd, 1863, at the Civil War Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia.  The troops reportedly mistook Jackson and his companions for Union soldiers.  Jackson died eight days later.

German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, better known by the nickname “The Red Baron,” shot down 80 enemy pilots during the first World War.  The Baron was born on this date in 1892.  Other people born on May 2nd who became famous under assumed names: British singer Engelbert Humperdinck (born Arnold Dorsey in 1936), and pro wrestler turned actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (1972).

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