AP Highlight in History: On May 2, 2011, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, then quickly buried at sea.
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Artist Leonardo da Vinci died.
The Hudson Bay Co. was chartered by England's King Charles II.
Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was accidentally wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, Va. He died eight days later.
The Oklahoma Territory was organized.
Broadway lyricist Lorenz Hart was born in New York City.
Jack Benny's first radio show debuted on the NBC Blue Network.
New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,130 consecutive games played came to an end when the ailing slugger removed himself from the lineup.
General Mills began shipping a new cereal called "Cheerioats" to six test markets. (The cereal was later renamed "Cheerios.")
The Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.
J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI for 48 years, died at age 77.
The Weather Channel debuted.
Nelson Mandela claimed victory in South Africa's first democratic elections.
Tony Blair became, at age 44, Britain's youngest prime minister in 185 years.
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sworn in to Myanmar's military-backed parliament.