On this day: May 2

Published On: May 01 2013 03:30:28 PM CDT   Updated On: May 02 2014 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 - Catherine II
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1729: Catherine the Great, the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, is born Sophia Augusta Fredericka in Stettin, Pomerania, Kingdom of Prussia. She came to power as empress following a coup and the assassination of her husband, Peter III, in 1762 and reigned until her death at the age of 67, revitalizing Russia into one of Europe's great powers.

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