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On this day: May 2

Published On: May 01 2013 03:30:28 PM CDT   Updated On: May 02 2013 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- Joseph McCarthy
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1957: U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy, best known for his accusations of Communist spies and sympathizers inside the federal government and elsewhere in America, dies of hepatitis at the age of 48 in Bethesda, Md. The term "McCarthyism" was originally coined to criticize the actions of McCarthy, who was censured by the U.S. Senate in 1954 following his highly publicized and unsuccessful hearings seeking to substantiate his claims.

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