On This Day

What Happened on May 2, 1844

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestElijah McCoy

Elijah McCoy, Canadian-American inventor of African descent, notable for his 57 US patents (lubrication of steam engines), born in Colchester, Ontario (d. 1929)

Inventor Elijah McCoy
Inventor
Elijah McCoy

Famous Deaths

  • William Beckford, British writer (Epsiodes of Vathek), dies at 83
1844 Highlights

About May 2, 1844

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 176 years, 5 months and 26 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Taurus