(Friday, May 2, 1952) — The era of commercial jet passenger service began today as a BOAC de Havilland Comet carrying 36 passengers took off on a multi-stop flight from London to Johannesburg, South Africa.
(Monday, May 2, 1932) — Jack Benny’s first radio show, sponsored by Canada Dry, made its debut today on the NBC Blue Network and continuing there for six months until October 26, moving the show to CBS on October 30, 1932.
(Tuesday, May 2, 1972) — J. Edgar Hoover, who directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 48 years and built it into a dominant and controversial force in American law enforcement, died during the night from a heart attack attributed to cardio-vascular disease. His body was found today by a maid at about 8:30 a.m. EDT on the floor near his bed. Hoover was 77.