Events in History on May 2

Historic Event

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

Historic Expedition

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

  • 1526 German evangelical monarchy joins Schmalkaldic League

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Discovery

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

Historic Event

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

  • 1808 Uprising against French occupation begins in Madrid
  • 1809 Dartmoor Prison in England opens to house French prisoners of war
  • 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 in New York City
  • 1863 South defeats North in Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia

Historic Event

1863 Stonewall Jackson attacking Chancellorsville is wounded by his own men

  • 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

Historic Invention

1887 Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film (used in Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope)

Treaty of Interest

1889 Abyssinian Emperor Menelik II and Italy sign Treaty of Wichale

  • 1890 Territory of Oklahoma created

Theater Premiere

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

Historic Publication

1905 French newspapers publish lists of Jules Verne's unpublished work

Historic Event

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

  • 1907 Jules baron de Trooz forms Belgian government
  • 1908 Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer register their popular song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" for copyright
  • 1911 French troops occupy Fès El Bali, Morocco
  • 1915 Bronx, New York City; Old Fordham Road renamed Landing Road
  • 1916 In the Bronx, New York City: 2nd Ave & Bronx Terrace renamed Bronx Blvd; Seward Place 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 International 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)

Historic Event

1933 In Germany, Adolf Hitler bans trade unions

  • 1934 Nazi Germany begins People's Court

Historic Event

1936 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and family flee Abyssinia

Historic Event

1938 Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for his play "Our Town"

  • 1941 Nazi occupied Netherlands lays off Jewish journalists
  • 1942 Japanese troops occupy Mandalay, Burma
  • 1943 German troops vacate Jefna, Tunisia
  • 1945 Allies occupy Wismar, Northern Germany

Historic Event

1945 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina & Princess Juliana reach Gilze-Rijen

  • 1945 More than 1,000,000 German soldiers officially surrender to the Western Allies in Italy and Austria

Raising a Flag over the Reichstag

1945 World War II: Battle of Berlin ends as Soviet army takes Berlin forcing German commander of the city general Helmuth Weidling to surrender

  • 1945 Yugoslav troops occupy Trieste, Italy
  • 1946 The "Battle of Alcatraz" takes place, killing two guards and three inmates

Historic Event

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

  • 1949 Bolivian state of siege proclaimed
  • 1950 Carlo Terron's "Giuditta" premieres in Milan
  • 1950 Dutch 1st Chamber accept Laws on immigration
  • 1950 Dutch PM Malan recognizes South-Africa but not People's Republic of China
  • 1952 1st scheduled jet airliner passenger service began with a British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) Comet from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers [1]
  • 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

Historic Event

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

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

Historic Event

1957 Eugene O'Neill's stage drama "A Moon for the Misbegotten" premieres at the Bijou Theatre, NYC; runs for 68 performances

Assassination Attempt

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

  • 1960 Allen Drury wins Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel "Advise and Consent"
  • 1960 US House of Representative investigating committee, looking into payola questions in broadcasting
  • 1962 OAS strikes in Algeria
  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island

Historic Event

1963 Children's crusade begins in Birmingham, Alabama. More than 600 African American school children arrested for marching against segregation, organised by James Bevel and the SCLC

  • 1964 First ascent of Shishapangma the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and lowest of the Eight-thousanders
  • 1964 Mad Dog Vachon beats Verne Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • 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 Southampton on maiden voyage to NY
  • 1972 126 killed in an electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine, Kellogg, Idaho
  • 1972 Lt General Vernon A Walters, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • 1972 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Historic Event

1974 Former US Vice President 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, California
  • 1984 US performs underground nuclear test "Orkney" at Nevada Test Site, with an estimated 250 ton yield
  • 1985 US performs underground nuclear test "Towanda" at Nevada Test Site, with an estimated 150 ton yield
  • 1986 Transportation Expo 86 opens in Vancouver, BC

Historic Event

1988 David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" premieres in NYC

Historic Event

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

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

Catholic Encyclical

1991 Pope John Paul II's encyclical on Centesimus annus

  • 1992 Yugoslav Army seizes Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic
  • 1994 Bus crashes into a tree at Gdańsk Poland, 32 killed
  • 1994 Dr Kervokian found innocent on assisting suicides
  • 1994 Michael Bolton found to have plagiarized Isley Bros "Love is Wonderful Thing"
  • 1995 Expos bat out of order against Mets in 6th inning
  • 1995 Serbian missiles exploded in the heart of Zagreb, killing six
  • 1997 Mercury Mail announces its 1 millionth internet subscriber
  • 1997 Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders
  • 1998 Battle of Hogwarts: fictional battle that ended the Second Wizarding War with the death of Lord Voldemort at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
  • 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.

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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.

The Scream

2012 A pastel version of "The Scream", by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch sells at auction for $119,922,500

  • 2013 100 people are killed by the Syrian Army in a raid on al-Bayda, Baniyas
  • 2013 14 members of the Sons of Iraq are killed in attacks in Fallujah, Iraq
  • 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
  • 2018 Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan asks widespread protests to halt after ruling Republican party said it would support his bid to be Prime Minister
  • 2018 Date for first humans or hominins in the Philippines pushed back ten-fold after report of site on Luzon with butchered rhinoceros 709,000 years ago
  • 2018 E. coli outbreak linked to Romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, reports the first fatality with 121 cases across 25 US states
  • 2018 Indian city of Kanpur declared world's most polluted city by WHO with 14 other Indian cities in the top 20
  • 2018 Iowa passes US's strictest abortion ban, based on a fetal heartbeat
  • 2018 New research show plants "talk" to each other through their roots and the soil in study on corn published in journal "Plos One"
  • 2018 Spanish Basque separatist group Eta announces it will be formally disbanding after 50 years
  • 2019 A clean-up on Mt Everest has removed three metric tons (6,613 pounds) of rubbish and four bodies in just two weeks
  • 2019 Drone delivers a kidney for transplant surgery in Baltimore, Maryland, for the first time

Historic Event

2019 Second-only sketch known of Leonardo da Vinci from Queen Elizabeth's collection revealed on the 500th anniversary of the artist's death

Historic Event

2019 US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi accuses US Attorney General William Barr of lying to Congress over the Mueller Report

  • 2022 New Zealand reopens its borders to international visitors from more than 60 countries after being closed for two years during the pandemic [1]
  • 2022 US Supreme Court draft opinion leaks suggesting Roe v. Wade about to be overturned published on news website Portico [1]