On this day: May 2

Published On: May 01 2013 03:30:28 PM CDT   Updated On: May 02 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 - J Edgar Hoover
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1972: J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, dies of a heart attack at the age of 77 in Washington, D.C. Hoover, seen here in 1961, became director of the Bureau of Investigation, the predecessor to the FBI, in 1924, and was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director until his death.

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