Events in History on May 2

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1194 King Richard I of England gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter.

  • 1230 William de Braose, 10th Baron Abergavenny is hanged by Prince Llywelyn the Great.
  • 1335 Otto the Merry, Duke of Austria, becomes Duke of Carinthia.
  • 1345 "Quaden Maendach" in Ghent: battles between fullers & weavers

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1497 John Cabot's expedition departs Bristol searching for new lands across the Atlantic

Explorer John Cabot
Explorer
John Cabot
  • 1526 German evangelical monarchy joins Schmalkaldische League

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1536 Anne Boleyn is arrested and taken to the Tower of London

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1595 King Philip II names Albrecht of Austria land guardian of Netherlands

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II
  • 1598 France & Spain sign Peace of Vervins
  • 1668 Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle/1st peace of Aachen: ends War of Devolution, French-Spanish war in The Netherlands

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1670 King Charles II gives royal charter to the Hudson's Bay Company

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • 1672 John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.
  • 1703 Portugal signs treaty with England to become a Great Covenant
  • 1749 Empress Maria Theresa signs "Haugwitzschen State reform"
  • 1750 Carlo Goldoni's "La Botega di Caffè" premieres in Mantua
  • 1776 France & Spain agreed to give weapons to American rebels

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1780 William Herschel discovers 1st binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris

Astronomer William Herschel
Astronomer
William Herschel

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1783 Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant is promoted by brevet to Major of Engineers in recognition of his service to American liberty

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
  • 1808 Uprising against French occupation begins in Madrid
  • 1824 Goethe visits Ettersberg (Buchenwald)
  • 1829 After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of HMS Challenger, declares the Swan River Colony in Australia.
  • 1833 Russian Tsar Nicolas I bans public sale of serfs
  • 1845 Argentinian Domingo Sarmiento publishes his anti-tyranny work "Facundo Civilización y Barbarie"
  • 1853 Franconi's Hippodrome opens (NYC)
  • 1863 South defeats North in Battle of Chancellorsville, Va

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1863 Stonewall Jackson attacks Chancellorsville, wounded by his own men

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson

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1865 US President Andrew Johnson offers $100,000 reward for capture of Jefferson Davis

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 1866 Peruvian defenders fight off Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao.
  • 1876 The April Uprising breaks out in Bulgaria.
  • 1878 US stops minting 20 cent coin
  • 1885 "Good Housekeeping" magazine is 1st published
  • 1885 Congo Free State formed by King Leopold II of Belgium
  • 1887 Gioacchino Rossini's corpse transfered to Santa Croce, Florence
  • 1887 Hannibal W Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film
  • 1889 Abyssinian Emperor Menelik II and Italy sign Treaty of Wichale
  • 1890 Territory of Oklahoma created

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1900 George Bernard Shaw's "You Never Can Tell" premieres in London

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1905 French newspapers publish lists of Jules Vernes unpublished work

Novelist Jules Verne
Novelist
Jules Verne

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1906 Tsar Nicolas II of Russia dismisses his moderate Prime Minister Witte and appoints Ivan Goremykin, a conservative bureaucrat

  • 1907 Belgium Jules baron de Trooz forms Belgian government
  • 1908 1908 "Take me out to the Ball Game" registered for copyright.
  • 1911 French troops occupy Fès El Bali Morocco
  • 1915 Old Fordham Road in Bronx renamed Landing Road

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1916 US President Woodrow Wilson signs Harrison Drug Act

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1916 2nd Ave & Bronx Terrace renamed Bronx Blvd; Seward Pl renamed Sycamore Ave; Herald Ave renamed Dickinson Ave; Monroe & Selwyn Avenue named
  • 1917 Cin Fred Tooney & Chic's Hippo Vaughn pitch duel no-hitter, Vaughn gives up 2 hits & a run in 10th, so Cin wins 1-0
  • 1918 General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.
  • 1921 Start of 3rd anti-German revolt in Upper Silesia
  • 1922 WBAP-AM begins broadcasting from Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1924 Netherlands refuses to recognize USSR
  • 1925 Kezar Stadium opens in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park
  • 1926 US military intervenes in Nicaragua
  • 1927 Intl Economic Conference (52 countries including USSR) opens
  • 1927 Pulitzer prize awarded to Louis Bromfield (Early Autumn)
  • 1927 U.S. Supreme Court's "Buck v. Bell", permits forced sterilizations of various "unfits" by states' authorities where such surgeries are practiced for eugenic reasons
  • 1928 KPQ-AM in Wenatchee WA begins radio transmissions
  • 1930 Des Moines (Western League) defeats Wichita 13-6 to open 1st ballpark with permanently installed lights
  • 1932 Pulitzer prize awarded to Pearl S Buck (Good Earth)

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1933 In Germany, Adolf Hitler bans trade unions

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1934 Nazi-Germany begins People's court

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1936 Ethiopian Emperor Emperor Haile Selassie and family flee Abyssinia

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie
  • 1938 Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for his play "Our Town"
  • 1941 FCC approves regular scheduled commercial TV broadcasts to begin July 1
  • 1941 Martin Bormann succeeds Rudolf Hess as Hitler's deputy
  • 1941 Nazi occupied Netherlands layoff Jewish journalists
  • 1942 Japanese troops occupy Mandalay, Burma
  • 1943 German troops vacate Jefna, Tunisia
  • 1945 Allies occupy Wismar, Northern Germany
  • 1945 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina & Princess Juliana reach Gilze-Rijen
  • 1945 German Army in Italy surrenders

Victory in battleRaising a Flag over the Reichstag

1945 WWII: Battle of Berlin ends as Soviet army takes Berlin and General Weidling surrenders

  • 1945 Yugoslav troops occupy Trieste
  • 1946 The "Battle of Alcatraz" takes place, killing two guards and three inmates
  • 1947 Eugene O'Neill's "Moon for the Misbegotten" premieres in NYC

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1949 Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman"

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • 1949 Bolivian state of siege proclaimed
  • 1949 Don Newcombe, 1st start, shuts out Cincinnati on 5 hits to win 3-0
  • 1950 Carlo Terrons "Giuditta" premieres in Milan
  • 1950 Dutch 1st Chamber accept Laws on immigration
  • 1950 Dutch PM Malan recognizes South-Africa but not China People's Republic
  • 1952 1st performance of John Cage's "Water Music"
  • 1952 1st scheduled jet airliner passenger service began with a BOAC Comet
  • 1952 Operations begin at United Suriname Workers of Netherlands which flew from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers
  • 1953 Feisal II installed as king of Iraq
  • 1953 Hussein I installed as king of Jordan
  • 1955 India proposal to discrimination against Dalits or "Untouchables" punishable

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1955 Pulitzer prize awarded Tennessee Williams for (Cat on Hot Tin Roof)

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams
  • 1956 US Lab detects high-temperature microwave radiation from Venus
  • 1956 US Methodist church disallows racial separation

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1957 Gangster Frank Costello escapes an assassination attempt made by rival mobsters

Gangster Frank Costello
Gangster
Frank Costello
  • 1958 Yanks threaten to broadcast games nationwide if NL goes ahead with plans to broadcast, games into NYC
  • 1960 Harry Belafonte 2nd Carnegie Hall performance
  • 1960 Pulitzer prize awarded to Al Drury (Advice & Consent)
  • 1960 House investigating committee, looking into payola questions
  • 1962 OAS strikes in Algeria
  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1964 Mad Dog Vachon beats Verne Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • 1964 First ascent of Shishapangma the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and the lowest of the Eight-thousanders.
  • 1965 Early Bird satellite goes into commercial service
  • 1966 Pulitzer prize awarded Arthur M Schlesinger Jr (Thousand Days)
  • 1968 Gold reaches then record high ($39.35 per ounce) in London
  • 1969 British liner Queen Elizabeth II leaves on maiden voyage to NY
  • 1972 Electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine. 126 die (Kellogg, Idaho)
  • 1972 Lt General Vernon A Walters, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • 1972 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1974 Former VP Spiro Agnew disbarred
  • 1974 Six Catholic civilians killed and eighteen wounded when the UVF explode a bomb at Rose & Crown Bar on Ormeau Road, Belfast
  • 1975 Apple records closes down
  • 1979 "Quadrophenia" premieres in London
  • 1980 Joseph Doherty & 3 other IRA men arrested for murder
  • 1980 Pope John Paul II begins African tour
  • 1980 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1981 Radio Shack re-releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3 with 2 fixes
  • 1982 Falklands War: Argentine cruiser General Belgrano sunk by British submarine Conqueror, killing more than 350 men
  • 1983 6.7 earthquake injures 487 in Coalinga Calif
  • 1984 Indians' Andre Thornton ties record for most walks (6 in 16 inn)
  • 1984 Mattingly's single breaks up Lamarr Hoyt's perfect game bid
  • 1984 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1985 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1986 Transportation Expo 86 opens in Vancouver, BC
  • 1988 David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" premieres in NYC

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1988 Jackson Pollock's "Search" sold for $4,800,000

  • 1990 South Africa & African National Congress open talks to end apartheid

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1991 Pope John Paul II's encyclical on Centesimus annus

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1992 Yugoslav Army seize Bosnian Pres Alija Izetbegovic
  • 1994 Bus crashes into a tree at Gdansk Poland, 32 killed
  • 1994 Dr Kervokian found innocent on assisting suicides
  • 1994 Michael Bolton found plagurized Isley Bros "Love is Wonderful Thing"
  • 1995 Expos bat out of order against Mets in 6th inning
  • 1995 Serb missiles exploded in the heart of Zagreb, killing six

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1997 Donald Trump & Marla Maples announce they are separating

Businessman, TV Personality and 45th US President Donald Trump
Businessman, TV Personality and 45th US President
Donald Trump
  • 1997 Mercury Mail announces its 1 millionth internet subscriber
  • 1997 Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders
  • 1999 Panamanian election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama.
  • 2000 Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Apeldoorn and the other in Ottawa on May 11, 2000. Symbolically linking both Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout World War II.

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2000 President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 2002 Marad massacre of eight Hindus near Palakkad in Kerala.
  • 2004 Yelwa massacre of more than 630 nomad Muslims by Christians in Nigeria.
  • 2008 Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless.

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2011 Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man is killed by United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • 2011 The 2011 E. coli O104:H4 outbreak strikes Europe, mostly in Germany, leaving more than 30 people dead and many others sick from the bacteria outbreak.

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2012 'The Scream', by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (a pastel version) sells at auction for $119,922,500

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • 2013 14 members of the Sons of Iraq are killed in attacks in Fallujah, Iraq
  • 2013 100 people are killed by the Syrian Army in a raid on al-Bayda, Baniyas
  • 2013 60 miners are killed after a gold mine collapses in Jebel Amir, North Darfur, Sudan
  • 2013 Rhode Island becomes the tenth US state to legalize same-sex marriage
  • 2014 The Kiev regime launch a raid against pro-Russian forces, who respond by shooting down two helicopters
  • 2015 Celtic wins the 2014–15 Scottish Premiership
  • 2016 World Snooker Championship: Briton Mark Selby beats Ding Junhui of China 18-14, at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield