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    What happened on May 2

    • May 2, 0649 "Death - Maruta of Tagrit theology/1st mafriaan Jakobitische church, dies"

    • May 2, 1194 King Richard I of England gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter.

    • May 2, 1250 "Death - Toeransa sultan of Egypt, murdered"

    • May 2, 1335 "Otto the Merry, Duke of Austria, becomes Duke of Carinthia."

    • May 2, 1459 "Death - Pierozzi Antoninus Italian archbishop of Florence/saint, dies"

    • May 2, 1488 "Death - Jacob van Horne Burgundy statesman, dies"

    • May 2, 1497 John Cabot departs to North-America

    • May 2, 1519 "Death - Leonardo Da Vinci artist/scientist, dies at 67"

    • May 2, 1526 German evangelical monarchy joins Schmalkaldische League

    • May 2, 1536 King Henry VIII accused Anna Boleyn of adultery & incest

    • May 2, 1551 "Birthday - William Camden English historian (Brittania, Annales)"

    • May 2, 1567 "Death - Marin Drzic Croatian playwright (Dundo Maroje), dies"

    • May 2, 1568 "Mary I of Scotland escapes from Loch Leven Castle, where she had been imprisoned by Sir William Douglas."

    • May 2, 1595 King Philip II names Albrecht of Austria land guardian of Netherlands

    • May 2, 1598 France & Spain signs Peace of Vervins

    • May 2, 1601 Birthday - Athanasius Kircher German Jesuit/inventor (magic lantern)

    • May 2, 1652 Frederik Hendriks daughter Albertine Agnes marries Willem Frederik

    • May 2, 1660 "Birthday - Pietro Alessandro Gaspare Scarlatti Palermo Italy, composer (Tigrane)"

    • May 2, 1668 The first peace of Aken: ends French-Spanish war in The Netherlands

    • May 2, 1668 The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ends a brief War of Devolution waged over Louis XIV's claim to the Spanish possessions in the Belgian provinces following the death of his father-in-law Philip IV of Spain in 1665

    • May 2, 1668 "Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, ends War of Devolution"

    • May 2, 1669 "Death - Pieter Jansz Post master builder (Waag, Gouda), dies at 61"

    • May 2, 1670 King Charles II charters Hudson Bay Company

    • May 2, 1672 John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.

    • May 2, 1685 "Death - Adriaen van Ostade Dutch painter, buried"

    • May 2, 1703 Portugal signs treaty with England to become a Great Covenant

    • May 2, 1727 "Death - Paul Aler French jesuit/poet (Gradus ad Parnassum), dies at 70"

    • May 2, 1729 Birthday - Catherine II (the Great) empress of Russia (1762-96)

    • May 2, 1729 Birthday - Florian Johann Deller composer

    • May 2, 1736 "Death - Albert Seba Amsterdam pharmacist, dies at 71"

    • May 2, 1740 "Birthday - Elias Boudinot lawyer/patriot, found American Biblical Society"

    • May 2, 1749 "Empress Maria Theresa signs ""Haugwitzschen State reform"""

    • May 2, 1750 "Carlo Goldoni's ""La Botega di CaffŠ"" premieres in Mantua"

    • May 2, 1752 Birthday - Ludwig August Lebrun composer

    • May 2, 1754 Birthday - Vicente Martin y Soler composer

    • May 2, 1768 Birthday - Jean-Louis M Alibert French dermatologist

    • May 2, 1772 Birthday - Novalis writer

    • May 2, 1776 France & Spain agree to donate arms to American rebels

    • May 2, 1779 "Birthday - John Galt Scotland, novelist (Ayrshire Legatees, Lawrie Todd)"

    • May 2, 1799 "Death - Henri-Joseph Rigel composer, dies at 58"

    • May 2, 1808 Beginning of the Peninsular War: The people of Madrid rise up in rebellion against French occupation.

    • May 2, 1808 Uprising against French occupation begins in Madrid

    • May 2, 1810 Birthday - Hans Christian Lumbye composer

    • May 2, 1810 Birthday - Leo XIII 257th Roman Catholic pope (1878-1903)

    • May 2, 1816 Lopold of Saxe-Coburg and Charlotte Augusta are wed.

    • May 2, 1817 Birthday - Zikmund Michal Kolesovsky composer

    • May 2, 1818 "Death - Herman W Daendels Governor-General of Guinea (1815-18), dies at 55"

    • May 2, 1821 "Birthday - Abram Sanders Piatt Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1908"

    • May 2, 1824 Goethe visits Ettersberg (Buchenwald)

    • May 2, 1829 "After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of HMS Challenger, declares the Swan River Colony in Australia."

    • May 2, 1833 Czar Nicolas bans public sale of serfs

    • May 2, 1835 "Hudson's Bay Company launches The Beaver, the first steamship on the British Columbia coast."

    • May 2, 1837 Birthday - General Henry Martyn Robert parliamentarian (Robert's Rules of Order)

    • May 2, 1840 Birthday - Theodor Herzl founded Zionist movement

    • May 2, 1843 Birthday - Carl Michael Ziehrer composer

    • May 2, 1844 "Birthday - Elijah McCoy black inventor, held over 50 patents including a lubricator for steam engines (""the Real McCoy"")"

    • May 2, 1845 "Death - August Pauly German writer (Real Encyclopedia), dies at 48"

    • May 2, 1845 "Domingo Sarmiento publishes ""Civilizaci¢n y Barbarie"""

    • May 2, 1846 Birthday - Zygmunt Noskowski composer

    • May 2, 1847 Sabbath famine

    • May 2, 1849 Birthday - Frst Bernhard HM von Blow German chancellor/Prussian PM (1900-09)

    • May 2, 1849 "Death - David H Chass Baron/General (fought Napoleon at Waterloo), dies at 84"

    • May 2, 1853 Birthday - Marie Verstraete actress (Louise-Frou Frou)

    • May 2, 1855 Birthday - Theodore Moses Tobani composer

    • May 2, 1857 Birthday - Frederic Cliffe composer

    • May 2, 1857 "Death - LC Alfred the Musset French poet (Lesson caprices Marianne), dies"

    • May 2, 1859 Birthday - Eugene D'Harcourt composer

    • May 2, 1860 Birthday - Sir D'Arcy Thompson zoologist/classicist (On Growth & Form)

    • May 2, 1860 "Birthday - Theodor Herzl Austria, journalist/founder (Zionist movement)"

    • May 2, 1862 Birthday - Marie F M Emmanuel French composer/musicologist (Salamine)

    • May 2, 1863 American Civil War: Stonewall Jackson is wounded by friendly fire while returning to camp after reconnoitering for the Battle of Chancellorsville. He succumbs to pneumonia 8 days later.

    • May 2, 1863 "Stonewall Jackson attacks Chancellorsville VA, wounded by his own men; South defeats North"

    • May 2, 1864 "Death - Giacomo Meyerbeer composer, dies at 72"

    • May 2, 1865 "President Johnson offers $100,000 reward for capture of Jefferson Davis"

    • May 2, 1866 Peruvian defenders fight off Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao.

    • May 2, 1869 "Birthday - Tyrone Power Sr London England, actor (Alexanders Ragtime Band)"

    • May 2, 1872 Birthday - G G van der Hoeven Dutch editor-in-chief (NRC)

    • May 2, 1876 Ross Barnes hit first homerun in the National League

    • May 2, 1876 The April Uprising breaks out in Bulgaria.

    • May 2, 1878 US stops minting 20› coin

    • May 2, 1881 "Portage La Prairie Manitoba, Canadian Pacific Railway starts building its prairie section of track; first sod turned for the CPR as a company line; first rail also laid at Fort William."

    • May 2, 1884 Birthday - Franois de Vries Dutch economist

    • May 2, 1885 """Good Housekeeping"" magazine is first published"

    • May 2, 1885 "Birthday - Hedda Hopper [Elda Furry] Hollidaysburg PA, gossip columnist (From Under My Hat)"

    • May 2, 1885 Congo Free State established by King Leopold II of Belgium

    • May 2, 1885 "Cree and Assiniboine warriors won the Battle of Cut Knife, their largest victory over Canadian forces during the North-West Rebellion."

    • May 2, 1885 Good Housekeeping magazine goes on sale for the first time.

    • May 2, 1885 The Congo Free State is established by King Lopold II of Belgium.

    • May 2, 1886 Birthday - Gottfried Benn writer

    • May 2, 1887 "Birthday - Edward Collins New York, Hall of Fame infielder (White Sox, A's)"

    • May 2, 1887 "G Rossini's corpse transfered to Santa Croce, Florence"

    • May 2, 1887 Hannibal W Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film

    • May 2, 1889 Abyssinian emperor Menelik II/Italy signs Treaty of Wichale

    • May 2, 1889 "Menelik II, Emperor of Ethiopia, signs a treaty of amity with Italy, which gives Italy control over Eritrea."

    • May 2, 1890 "Birthday - E[dward] E[lmer] ""Doc"" Smith US, sci-fi author (Triplanetary)"

    • May 2, 1890 Territory of Oklahoma created

    • May 2, 1892 "Birthday - Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen [the Red Baron], German WWI ace"

    • May 2, 1892 "Death - Wilhelm Rust composer, dies at 69"

    • May 2, 1893 "Birthday - Beppie Nooij Jr Dutch actress (Rooie Sien) [or May 13, 1912]"

    • May 2, 1895 Birthday - Alfred Kurella writer

    • May 2, 1895 "Birthday - Peggy Bacon Ridgefield CT, author/illustrator (Off With Their Heads)"

    • May 2, 1897 "Death - William Cleaver Francis Robinson composer, dies at 63"

    • May 2, 1898 Birthday - Jef [Josephus C F] Last Dutch poet/politician (The Spark)

    • May 2, 1900 "Birthday - Helen Morgan singer/actress (Applause, Frankie & Johnny)"

    • May 2, 1900 "George Bernard Shaws ""You Never Can Tell"" premieres in London"

    • May 2, 1900 "Oscar II, King of Sweden, declares support for Britain at the time of the Second Boer War."

    • May 2, 1901 "Birthday - Lev N Lunts Russia, writer (Outside the Law, City of Truth)"

    • May 2, 1901 Birthday - Robert Elliott Storey Wyatt cricketer (England batsman 1927-37)

    • May 2, 1901 Birthday - Willi Bredel writer

    • May 2, 1902 "Birthday - Brian Aherne Worcestershire England, actor (Juarez)"

    • May 2, 1902 "Birthday - Erin O'Brien-Moore Los Angeles CA, actress (Peyton Place, Our Little Girl)"

    • May 2, 1902 "The first science fiction film, ""A Trip To The Moon"", is released"

    • May 2, 1903 "Birthday - Benjamin Spock New Haven CT, pediatrician/author (Common Sense Book of Baby Care)"

    • May 2, 1903 Birthday - Oivin Fjeldstad composer

    • May 2, 1904 Birthday - Georgi Dimitrov composer

    • May 2, 1905 "Birthday - Alan Rawsthorne Haslingden England, composer (Cortges)"

    • May 2, 1905 French newspapers publish lists of Jules Vernes unpublished work

    • May 2, 1906 "Birthday - Aileen Riggin Newport RI, springboard diver (Olympics-gold-1920, 24)"

    • May 2, 1906 Birthday - Maurice Thiriet composer

    • May 2, 1907 Belgium Jules baron de Trooz forms Belgian Government

    • May 2, 1907 Birthday - Pinky Lee children's show host (Pinky Lee Show)

    • May 2, 1908 "Birthday - William Bakewell Los Angeles CA, actor (Stage manager-Pinky Lee Show)"

    • May 2, 1910 "Birthday - Laurie Nash cricketer (Tasmanian fast-bowler, 2 Tests for Australia)"

    • May 2, 1911 Birthday - Lillian Rambach teacher violinist

    • May 2, 1911 French troops occupy FŠs El Bali Morocco

    • May 2, 1912 Birthday - Axel Springer German newspaper magnate

    • May 2, 1912 Birthday - Marten Toonder writer/cartoonist (Mr Bommel)

    • May 2, 1913 "Birthday - Nigel Patrick London England, actor/director (Sapphire, Prize of Gold)"

    • May 2, 1914 Birthday - Dennis Dyer cricketer (opened batting for South Africa vs England 1947)

    • May 2, 1915 "Australian attack on Gaba Tepe, Gallipoli"

    • May 2, 1915 Birthday - Jan Hanus composer

    • May 2, 1915 "Birthday - Van Alexander New York NY, orchestra leader (Gordon MacRae Show)"

    • May 2, 1916 US President Wilson signs Harrison Drug Act

    • May 2, 1917 "The Drayton-Acworth report is produced being the findings of two out of three members of a Royal Commission which was set up in 1916. Sir Henry L. Drayton was Chairman of the Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada while William Ackworth came from London. The third member, who produced a minority report, was Alfred H. Smith, President of the New York Central Railway. The report recommends that the Government take over the Grand Trunk, the Grand Trunk Pacific and the Canadian Northern companies and operate them as one system together with the Intercolonial and the National Transcontinental Railway. The recommendations are accepted by the Government."

    • May 2, 1918 Birthday - Frederick Archibauld Warner diplomat

    • May 2, 1919 "Birthday - Than Wyenn New York NY, actor (Pete Kelly's Blues)"

    • May 2, 1919 "Death - Gustav Landauer German socialist, dies"

    • May 2, 1919 The first US air passenger service starts

    • May 2, 1920 Birthday - Jacob Gilboa composer

    • May 2, 1920 The first game of National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis

    • May 2, 1921 Begin 3rd anti-German revolt in Upper-Silesia

    • May 2, 1921 "Birthday - Satyajit Ray Calcutta India, director (Goddess, Adversary)"

    • May 2, 1922 Birthday - Abraham Rosenthal editor (New York Times)

    • May 2, 1923 Birthday - Christina Spierenburg Dutch singer

    • May 2, 1923 "Emilio Picariello and his housekeeper, Florence Lassandro, hanged for the murder of Alberta Provincial Police Constable Steve Lawson in Sept. 1922"

    • May 2, 1924 Birthday - Aafje Heynis Dutch singer

    • May 2, 1924 Birthday - Theodore Bikel Austrian/US folk singer/actor (The Russians Are Coming)

    • May 2, 1924 Netherlands refuses to recognize USSR

    • May 2, 1925 Birthday - David Ironside cricketer (South Africa swing bowler in 3 Tests vs New Zealand 1953-54)

    • May 2, 1925 Birthday - John Neville actor (Adventures of Baron Mnchausen)

    • May 2, 1925 "Birthday - Roscoe Lee Browne Woodbury NJ, actor (McCoy, Saunders-Soap)"

    • May 2, 1925 Birthday - Svatopluk Havelka composer

    • May 2, 1925 Kezar Stadium in San Fransisco's Golden Gate Park opens

    • May 2, 1926 US military intervenes in Nicaragua

    • May 2, 1927 International Economic Conference (52 countries including USSR) opens

    • May 2, 1929 Birthday - Edward Levy Irving composer

    • May 2, 1929 Birthday - Luc Ferrari composer

    • May 2, 1929 Birthday - Sydney Gedye cricketer (opening batsman in four Tests for New Zealand 1964)

    • May 2, 1930 Birthday - Morris Courtright manned spaceflight pioneer and Arizona State legislator

    • May 2, 1932 "Birthday - Bruce Glover Chicago IL, actor (Diamonds are Forever)"

    • May 2, 1932 Birthday - Kees de Galan Dutch economist

    • May 2, 1932 Birthday - Malcolm Leyland Lipkin composer

    • May 2, 1932 Comedian Jack Benny's radio show airs for the first time.

    • May 2, 1932 Jack Benny's first radio show premieres (NBC Blue Network)

    • May 2, 1933 Birthday - Bunk Gardner rocker (Mothers Of Invention)

    • May 2, 1933 "In Germany, Adolf Hitler bans trade unions"

    • May 2, 1934 Nazi-Germany begins People's court

    • May 2, 1935 Birthday - Faisal II King of Iraq (1939-58)/son of Ghasi I

    • May 2, 1935 Birthday - Hussain ibn Talal King of Jordan (1952-99)

    • May 2, 1935 Birthday - Link Wray rocker (Link Wray & His Ray Men)

    • May 2, 1936 """Peter & the Wolf"" premieres in Moscow"

    • May 2, 1936 "Birthday - Michael Rabin New York NY, violinist (In Memorium)"

    • May 2, 1936 "Birthday - Quinn Redeker Woodstock IL, actor (Dan Raven, Young & Restless)"

    • May 2, 1937 Birthday - Gisela Elsner writer

    • May 2, 1937 "Birthday - Lorenzo Music Brooklyn NY, writer/actor/voice (Carlton the doorman-Rhoda, Garfield)"

    • May 2, 1937 "Death - Arthur Somervell composer, dies at 73"

    • May 2, 1938 Birthday - Constantine Bereng Seeiso king Moshushoe II of Lesotho

    • May 2, 1938 "Ella Fitzgerald records ""A-Tisket, A-Tasket"""

    • May 2, 1940 Birthday - Bryan Davis cricketer (brother of Charlie; West Indies batsman vs Australia 1965)

    • May 2, 1940 "Birthday - Roger Robinson Seattle WA, actor (Warren-Friends, Newman's Law)"

    • May 2, 1940 Birthday - Sari van Heemskerck Pillis-Duvekot Dutch MP (VVD)

    • May 2, 1941 "Anti-British revolt, encouraged by Germany, takes place in Iraq."

    • May 2, 1941 Birthday - Jules Wijdenbosch premier Suriname

    • May 2, 1941 FCC approves regular scheduled commercial TV broadcasts to begin July 1

    • May 2, 1941 Martin Bormann succeeds Rudolf Hess as Hitler's deputy

    • May 2, 1941 Nazi occupied Netherlands layoff Jewish journalists

    • May 2, 1943 German troops vacate Jefna Tunisia

    • May 2, 1944 Birthday - F Innerhofer writer

    • May 2, 1944 Birthday - John Verity rocker (Argent)

    • May 2, 1945 Allies occupy Wismar

    • May 2, 1945 Berlin surrenders to Russian troops

    • May 2, 1945 "Birthday - Bianca Prez Morena de Macias Jagger Nicaragua, model/Mick's ex-wife"

    • May 2, 1945 Birthday - Bob Henrit English pop drummer (Kinks-Waterloo Sunset)

    • May 2, 1945 Birthday - Goldy McJohn rocker (Steppenwolf)

    • May 2, 1945 Birthday - Randy Cain US soul singer (4 Gents/Delfonics)

    • May 2, 1945 "Birthday - Robert Henrit England, rocker (Argent)"

    • May 2, 1945 "British Army enters Lubeck in the Baltic, sealing off German forces in Denmark."

    • May 2, 1945 "Death - Martin Bormann propoganda minister for Hitler, dies"

    • May 2, 1945 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina & Princess Juliana reach Gilze-Rijen

    • May 2, 1945 "First Helicopter Rescue--Lieutenant August Kleisch, USCG, flying a HNS-1 helicopter rescued 11 Canadian airmen that were marooned in northern Labrador about 125 miles from Goose Bay"

    • May 2, 1945 German Army in Italy surrenders

    • May 2, 1945 Russia takes Berlin; General Weidling surrenders

    • May 2, 1945 World War II: Fall of Berlin The Soviet Union announces the capture of Berlin and Soviet soldiers hoist their red flag over the Reichstag building. German forces surrender in Italy. German forces surrender to the New Zealand Army in Trieste.

    • May 2, 1945 Yugoslav troops occupy Trieste

    • May 2, 1946 """Battle of Alcatraz"" - Alcatraz Federal prison, San Francisco is taken over by six inmates following failed escape attempt"

    • May 2, 1946 "Birthday - Lesley Gore Tenafly NJ, singer (It's My Party)"

    • May 2, 1946 "Prisoners revolt at Alcatraz, 5 die"

    • May 2, 1947 "Birthday - Bill Lowery (Representative-R-CA, 1981- )"

    • May 2, 1947 "Birthday - Jo Ann Pflug Atlanta GA, actress (MASH, Candid Camera, Rituals)"

    • May 2, 1948 "Birthday - Larry Gatlin Seminole TX, country singer (Gatlin Brothers-Broken Lady)"

    • May 2, 1949 "Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for ""Death of a Salesman"""

    • May 2, 1949 Birthday - Joey Phillips percussionist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)

    • May 2, 1949 Bolivian state of siege proclaimed

    • May 2, 1950 "Birthday - Lou Gramm Rochester NY, rocker (Foreigner-I Want to Know What Love Is)"

    • May 2, 1950 Dutch first Chamber accept Laws on immigration

    • May 2, 1950 Dutch PM Malan recognizes South-Africa but not China People's Republic

    • May 2, 1952 "Birthday - Christine Baranski Buffalo NY, actress (Maryann-Cybill, Birdcage)"

    • May 2, 1952 The first scheduled jet airliner passenger service begins with a BOAC Comet which flew from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers

    • May 2, 1952 "The world's first ever jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1 makes its maiden voyage, flying from London to Johannesburg."

    • May 2, 1953 "Birthday - ""Keith"" Jamaal Wilkes NBA forward (Golden State-Rookie of Year 1975)"

    • May 2, 1953 Feisal II installed as king of Iraq

    • May 2, 1953 Hussein I installed as king of Jordan

    • May 2, 1953 Hussein is crowned King of Jordan.

    • May 2, 1954 Birthday - Bulelani T Ngcuka South African attorney/leader (UDF)

    • May 2, 1954 "Death - Pauline de Cock-Manifarges singer, dies at 82"

    • May 2, 1955 "Birthday - Ian Callen cricketer (one Test Australia vs India 1978, six wickets)"

    • May 2, 1955 Birthday - Jay Osmond rocker (Osmond Brothers)

    • May 2, 1955 Birthday - Joe Callis rocker

    • May 2, 1955 "Death - Tadeusz Jarecki composer, dies at 66"

    • May 2, 1955 "India poses discrimination ""onaanraakbaren"" punishable"

    • May 2, 1955 Tennessee Williams wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

    • May 2, 1956 US Lab detects high-temperature microwave radiation from Venus

    • May 2, 1956 US Methodist church disallows race separation

    • May 2, 1957 "Birthday - Domonic L Pudwill Gorie Lake Charles LA, USN/astronaut (STS-91)"

    • May 2, 1957 "Death - Joseph McCarthy commie hunting senator (R-WI), dies at 47"

    • May 2, 1957 "Death - Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern composer, dies at 53"

    • May 2, 1958 "Birthday - Kim Jones Sonoma CA, 5k runner"

    • May 2, 1958 "Death - Alfred Weber German economist/sociologist, dies at 89"

    • May 2, 1959 "Birthday - Brian Tochi Los Angeles CA, actor (Dr Alan Poe-St Elsewhere, Renegades)"

    • May 2, 1959 "Death - Yrl Henrik Kilpinen Finnish composer, dies at 67"

    • May 2, 1960 Birthday - Ravi Ratnayeke cricketer (Sri Lankan pace bowler & opening batsman)

    • May 2, 1960 Death - Caryl Chessman rapist executed after 12 years of appeals at 39

    • May 2, 1960 Harry Belafonte's 2nd Carnegie Hall performance

    • May 2, 1960 "House investigating committee, looking into payola questions"

    • May 2, 1961 Birthday - Doctor Robert [Bruce R Howard] rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)

    • May 2, 1961 "Birthday - Peter Doohan Australia, tennis star"

    • May 2, 1961 "Death - J C White cricketer (49 wickets in 15 Tests for England 1921-31), dies"

    • May 2, 1962 Benfica wins 7th Europe Cup I

    • May 2, 1962 "Birthday - Elizabeth Berridge Westchester NY, actress (Amadeus, Funhouse)"

    • May 2, 1962 "Birthday - Nancy Harvey Swift Current Sask, LPGA golfer (1995 Youngstown-11th)"

    • May 2, 1962 Canadian dollar officially pegged at US 92.5›. Will we ever see that lofty height again?

    • May 2, 1962 OAS strikes in Algeria

    • May 2, 1963 Berthold Seliger launches near Cuxhaven a rocket with three stages with a maximum flight altitude of more than 100 kilometres. It is the only sounding rocket developed in Germany.

    • May 2, 1963 Birthday - Jos van Eck Dutch soccer player (Sparta)

    • May 2, 1963 Birthday - Kenton Leonard CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders)

    • May 2, 1963 "Death - Jack Crawford cricketer (469 runs & 39 wickets in 12 Tests), dies"

    • May 2, 1963 "Death - Tomas Vackar composer, dies at 17"

    • May 2, 1963 "Death - Van Wyck Brooks US historian (Ordeal of Mark Twain), dies at 77"

    • May 2, 1963 Number one hit on UK music charts - The Beatles - From Me To You

    • May 2, 1964 "Beatles' ""Second Album"" goes #1 & stays #1 for for 5 weeks"

    • May 2, 1964 "Birthday - Kelly Michael Gibson New Orleans LA, PGA golfer (1995 Bob Hope-7th)"

    • May 2, 1964 "Death - Nancy N Witcher Astor US/Eng feminist/ex of Waldorf Astor, dies"

    • May 2, 1964 First ascent of Shishapangma the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and the lowest of the Eight-thousanders.

    • May 2, 1964 "Mad Dog Vachon beats Verne Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA champion"

    • May 2, 1964 Vietnam War: An explosion sinks the USS Card while docked at Saigon. Viet Cong forces are suspected of placing a bomb on the ship.

    • May 2, 1965 Early Bird satellite goes into commercial service

    • May 2, 1967 Birthday - Kerryn McCann Australian marathoner (Olympics-96)

    • May 2, 1968 Birthday - Reggie Slack CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)

    • May 2, 1968 Birthday - Will Furrer WLAF quarterback (Amsterdam Admirals)

    • May 2, 1968 "Death - Donald L Hall airplane designer (Spirit of St Louis), dies at 69"

    • May 2, 1968 Israeli television begins transmitting

    • May 2, 1969 Birthday - Brian Lara cricketer (West Indies left-hand bat Smashed world records in 1994)

    • May 2, 1969 Birthday - Glen Young NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers)

    • May 2, 1969 British liner Queen Elizabeth II leaves on maiden voyage to New York

    • May 2, 1969 "Death - Franz von Papen German chancellor (1932), dies at 89"

    • May 2, 1970 Birthday - Vania Thomas Miss US Virgin Islands Universe (1997)

    • May 2, 1970 Number one hit on UK music charts - Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky

    • May 2, 1970 Twenty-six persons were rescued by a VC-8 helicopter from a Dutch Antillean Airlines DC-9 ditched in the Caribbean.

    • May 2, 1971 Birthday - Greg Bishop NFL guard (New York Giants)

    • May 2, 1972 Birthday - Erik Maes Dutch soccer player (MVV)

    • May 2, 1972 "Birthday - Jennifer Miriam Oklahoma City OK, playmate (March, 1997)"

    • May 2, 1972 "Birthday - Jill Savery Fort Lauderdale FL, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-gold-96)"

    • May 2, 1972 "Birthday - Peter Ogilvie Vancouver British Columbia, 100 meter sprinter (Olympics-96)"

    • May 2, 1972 "Death - Hugo Hartung writer, dies at 69"

    • May 2, 1972 "Death - J Edgar Hoover head of FBI (1924-72), dies at 77"

    • May 2, 1972 Electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine - 126 die (Kellogg Idaho)

    • May 2, 1972 "Lieutenant General Vernon A Walters, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA"

    • May 2, 1973 "Birthday - Rich Yurkiewicz NFL/WLAF linebacker (Atlanta Falcons, Amst Admirals)"

    • May 2, 1973 "Death - Alan Carney actor (Herbie-Take it from Me), dies at 61"

    • May 2, 1974 "Birthday - Miles Joseph West Springfield MA, soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96)"

    • May 2, 1974 Former Vice President Spiro Agnew is disbarred

    • May 2, 1975 Apple records closes down

    • May 2, 1975 "Birthday - Mark Johnson Dayton OH, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)"

    • May 2, 1975 "Birthday - Murray William Burdan Wellington New Zealand, swimmer (Olympics-96)"

    • May 2, 1975 US Navy departs Vietnamese waters at end of evacuation.

    • May 2, 1975 "USS Midway off-loaded at Utapao, Thailand, over 40 USAF helicopters used in South Vietnam evacuation operations"

    • May 2, 1976 Birthday - Ailleen Damiles Miss Universe-Philippines/Miss Photogenic (1996)

    • May 2, 1976 "Birthday - Nancy Feber Antwerp Belgium, tennis star"

    • May 2, 1977 """The King & I"" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 719 performances"

    • May 2, 1977 "Birthday - Amy D'Entremont Stoneham MA, figure skater (1995 New England Jr champion)"

    • May 2, 1977 Birthday - Jenna Von Oy actress (Six LeMeure-Blossom)

    • May 2, 1979 14th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell win

    • May 2, 1980 "Death - Clarrie Grimmett cricket (36 Tests for Australia, 216 wickets), dies"

    • May 2, 1980 Joseph Doherty & 3 other IRA men arrested for murder

    • May 2, 1980 "Pink Floyd's ""Another Brick in Wall (Part II)"" is banned in South Africa"

    • May 2, 1981 Radio Shack re-releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3 with 2 fixes

    • May 2, 1982 Argentina's only cruiser is sunk by a British submarine with a loss of more than 320 lives

    • May 2, 1982 Death - Helmut Dantine

    • May 2, 1982 "Death - Hugh Marlowe actor (Ellery Queen, Jim Matthews-Another World), dies at 71"

    • May 2, 1982 Falklands War: The British nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sinks the Argentine cruiser ARA General Belgrano.

    • May 2, 1983 6.7 earthquake injures 487 in Coalinga CA

    • May 2, 1983 "Death - Marius F Duintjer architect, dies"

    • May 2, 1984 "Death - Jack Barry game show emcee (Joker's Wild), dies at 66"

    • May 2, 1984 "Death - Piet van Aken Flemish writer (Failing God, Niggers), dies at 64"

    • May 2, 1985 "Death - Hal LeRoy dancer/actor (Harold Teen), dies at 71 after cardiac surgery"

    • May 2, 1985 "Death - Milton S Eisenhower US diplomat, dies at 85"

    • May 2, 1986 Dynamo Kiev wins 26th Europe Cup II

    • May 2, 1986 "In Vancouver BC, Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially open Expo '86;"

    • May 2, 1986 "The 1986 World Exposition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, opens."

    • May 2, 1986 Transportation Expo 86 opens in Vancouver British Columbia

    • May 2, 1988 "Jackson Pollock's ""Search"" sold for $4,800,000"

    • May 2, 1988 Reds manager Pete Rose is suspended for 30 days for pushing an ump

    • May 2, 1990 "Death - David Rappaport 3'11' actor (Wizard, LA Law), shoots himself at 38"

    • May 2, 1990 "Death - Oleg Anatolyevich Yakovlev Russian cosmonaut, dies at 49"

    • May 2, 1990 "Death - William Levi Dawson composer, dies at 90"

    • May 2, 1990 South Africa & African National Congress open talks to end apartheid

    • May 2, 1991 Death - Hal Bell dies at 65

    • May 2, 1991 Death - Leib Lensky dies at 82

    • May 2, 1992 "Death - Joey Cuevas dancer, dies at 34"

    • May 2, 1992 "Death - Lee Salk baby doctor/author, dies of cardiac arrest at 65"

    • May 2, 1992 "Death - Margareth Wallmann Austrian opera director, dies at 88"

    • May 2, 1992 "Death - Philip Dunne screenwriter, dies of cancer at 84"

    • May 2, 1992 "Death - Wilbur Mills (Representative-D-AR)/involved with Fanne Foxe, dies at 82"

    • May 2, 1992 Yugoslav Army seize Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic

    • May 2, 1993 "Death - Julio Gallo wine maker (Gallo), dies in a car accident at 82"

    • May 2, 1993 "Death - Will Weng Sunday Times crossword puzzle editor (1968-78), dies at 86"

    • May 2, 1994 "Bus crashes into a tree at Gdansk Poland, 30 killed"

    • May 2, 1994 "Death - Louis Calaferte writer (Requiem of the Innocents), dies at 65"

    • May 2, 1994 "Death - Wilson Charles Geoffery Baldwin hero, dies at 75"

    • May 2, 1994 Dr Kevokian found innocent on assisting suicides

    • May 2, 1994 "Michael Bolton found to have plagiarized Isley Brothers ""Love is Wonderful Thing"""

    • May 2, 1995 "Death - Michael Hordern actor (Fool, Green Man, Scoop), dies at 83"

    • May 2, 1995 "During the Croatian War of Independence, Serb forces fire cluster bombs at Zagreb, killing 7 and wounding over 175 civilians."

    • May 2, 1995 "Serb missiles exploded in the heart of Zagreb, killing six"

    • May 2, 1996 "Death - Arthur Leslie Noel Douglas Houghton civil servant, dies at 97"

    • May 2, 1996 "Death - Emile Habibi writer, dies at 73"

    • May 2, 1996 "Death - Peter John Swales football club chairman, dies at 63"

    • May 2, 1997 Donald Trump & Marla Maples announce they are separating

    • May 2, 1997 Mercury Mail announces its 1 millionth internet subscriber

    • May 2, 1997 Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders

    • May 2, 1997 "The Labour Party's Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, ending 18 years of Conservative Party rule. At 44, he is the youngest prime minister in 185 years."

    • May 2, 1999 Panamanian election: Mireya Moscoso became the first woman to be elected President of Panama.

    • May 2, 2000 Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the U.S. military.

    • May 2, 2000 "Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveiled the Man With Two Hats monument in Ottawa on May 11, 2002, and the other in Apeldoorn on May 2, 2000. Symbolically linking both Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout the Second World War."

    • May 2, 2002 Marad massacre of eight Hindus near Palakkad in Kerala

    • May 2, 2005 Airwork Flight 23 crashes after structural failure.

    • May 2, 2005 The Pontiac Grand Am ceases production at the 100 year-old Lansing Car Assembly plant.

    • May 2, 2011 "World's most-wanted man, Osama Bin Laden killed in US operation."







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