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2012Barcelona football player Lionel Messi breaks the European goal-scoring record with 68 goals

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

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

1997Police arrest transsexual prostitute Atisone Seiuli with Eddie Murphy

1929Billie Holiday (14) and her mother are arrested for prostitution following a raid of a brothel in Harlem

2011Osama 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.

1988Reds manager Pete Rose is suspended for 30 days for pushing an ump

1997Donald Trump & Marla Maples announce they are separating

2008The critically acclaimed "Iron Man", starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, is released

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

1941Martin Bormann succeeds Rudolf Hess as Hitler's deputy

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

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

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

1933In Germany, Adolf Hitler bans trade unions

1938Ella Fitzgerald records "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"

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

1941Ted Williams lowest average (.308) in year he hit over .400

1909Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs

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

1954Stan Musial hits 5 HRs in a doubleheader

1982Beth Daniel wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic

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

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

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

1923Senator Walter Johnson pitches his 100th shutout, beats Yanks 3-0

1965Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Golf Invitational

1863Stonewall Jackson attacks Chancellorsville, wounded by his own men

1939Lou Gehrig ends 2,130 consecutive game streak, Yanks beat Tigers 22-2

1991Pope John Paul II's encyclical on Centesimus annus

197914th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell

1999John Elway announces his retirement from the NFL

May 2nd Historical Events
Date 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 
1497
John Cabot's expedition departs Bristol searching for new lands across the Atlantic 
1526
German evangelical monarchy joins Schmalkaldische League 
1536
Anne Boleyn is arrested and taken to the Tower of London 
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 
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 
1780
William Herschel discovers 1st binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris 
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 
1824
Goethe visits Ettersberg (Buchenwald) 
1829
After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of the 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" 
1847
Sabbath famine 
1853
Franconi's Hippodrome opens (NYC) 
1863
South defeats North in Battle of Chancellorsville, Va 
1863
Stonewall Jackson attacks Chancellorsville, wounded by his own men 
1865
US President Johnson offers $100,000 reward for capture of Jefferson Davis 
1866
Peruvian defenders fight off Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao. 
1876
Ross Barnes hit 1st home run in National League 
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/Italy signs Treaty of Wichale 
1890
Territory of Oklahoma created 
1900
George Bernard Shaw's "You Never Can Tell" premieres in London 
1903
29th Kentucky Derby: Hal Booker riding Judge Himes wins in 2:09 
1904
30th Kentucky Derby: Shorty Prior riding Elwood wins in 2:08.50 
1905
French newspapers publish lists of Jules Vernes unpublished work 
1906
32nd Kentucky Derby: Roscoe Troxler aboard Sir Huon wins in 2:08.8 
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. 
1909
Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs 
1911
French troops occupy Fès El Bali Morocco 
1915
Old Fordham Road in Bronx renamed Landing Road 
1916
US president Wilson signs Harrison Drug Act 
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. 
1920
1st game of National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis 
1921
Start of 3rd anti-German revolt in Upper Silesia 
1922
WBAP-AM begins broadcasting from Fort Worth, Texas 
1923
Senator Walter Johnson pitches his 100th shutout, beats Yanks 3-0 
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) 
1928
KPQ-AM in Wenatchee WA begins radio transmissions 
1929
Billie Holiday (14) and her mother are arrested for prostitution following a raid of a brothel in Harlem 
1930
Des Moines (Western League) defeats Wichita 13-6 to open 1st ballpark with permanently installed lights 
1932
Jack Benny's 1st radio show premieres (NBC Blue Network) 
1932
Pulitzer prize awarded to Pearl S Buck (Good Earth) 
1933
In Germany, Adolf Hitler bans trade unions 
1934
Nazi-Germany begins People's court 
1934
Sergey Vasilyevich Lebedev, Russian Chemist (commercial synthetic rubber), dies at 59 
1936
"Peter & the Wolf" premieres in Moscow 
1936
62nd Kentucky Derby: Ira Hanford aboard Bold Venture wins in 2:03.6 
1936
Emperor Haile Selassie & family flee Abyssinia 
1938
Ella Fitzgerald records "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" 
1938
Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder (Our Town) 
1939
Lou Gehrig ends 2,130 consecutive game streak, Yanks beat Tigers 22-2 
1941
FCC approves regular scheduled coml TV broadcasts to begin July 1 
1941
Martin Bormann succeeds Rudolf Hess as Hitler's deputy 
1941
Nazi occupied Netherlands layoff Jewish journalists 
1941
Ted Williams lowest average (.308) in year he hit over .400 
1942
68th Kentucky Derby: Wayne D Wright aboard Shut Out wins in 2:04.4 
1942
Japanese troops occupy Mandalay Burma 
1943
German troops vacate Jefna Tunisia 
1944
WABD (WNEW, now WNYW) TV channel 5 in NYC (DUM/MET/FOX) 1st broadcast 
1945
Allies occupy Wismar 
1945
Dutch Queen Wilhelmina & Princess Juliana reach Gilze-Rijen 
1945
German Army in Italy surrenders 
1945
WWII: Battle of Berlin end as Russian army takes Berlin; General Weidling surrenders 
1945
Yugoslav troops occupy Trieste 
1946
Prisoners revolt at Alcatraz, 5 die 
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 
1949
Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman" 
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
79th Kentucky Derby: Hank Moreno aboard Dark Star wins in 2:02 
1953
Feisal II installed as king of Iraq 
1953
Hussein I installed as king of Jordan 
1954
Stan Musial hits 5 HRs in a doubleheader 
1955
India proposal to discrimination against Dalits or "Untouchables" punishable 
1955
Pulitzer prize awarded Tennessee Williams for (Cat on Hot Tin Roof) 
1955
WGBH TV channel 2 in Boston, MA (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1956
US Lab detects high-temperature microwave radiation from Venus 
1956
US Methodist church disallows racial separation 
1957
Gangster Frank Costello escapes an assassination attempt made by rival mobsters 
1958
Yanks threaten to broadcast games nationwide if NL goes ahead with plans to broadcast, games into NYC 
1959
85th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Tomy Lee wins in 2:02.2 
1960
Harry Belafonte 2nd Carnegie Hall performance 
1960
Pulitzer prize awarded to Al Drury (Advice & Consent) 
1960
"American Bandstand's" Dick Clark 
1960
House investigating committee, looking into payola questions 
1962
Benfica wins 7th Europe Cup I 
1962
OAS strikes in Algeria 
1962
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island 
1962
WMHT TV channel 17 in Schenectady-Alby-Tro, NY (PBS) 1st broadcast 
1964
90th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 2:00 
1964
Beatles' "Beatles' 2nd Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for for 5 weeks 
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
"New Faces of 1965" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 52 performances 
1965
Early Bird satellite goes into commercial service 
1965
Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Golf Invitational 
1965
Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open 
1966
Pulitzer prize awarded Arthur M Schlesinger Jr (Thousand Days) 
1967
Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2 
1968
1st performance of Roger Sessions' 8th Symphony 
1968
22nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2 
1968
Gold reaches then record high ($39.35 per ounce) in London 
1968
Israeli television begins transmitting 
1969
British liner Queen Elizabeth II leaves on maiden voyage to NY 
1970
1st woman jockey at Kentucky Derby (Diane Crump) 
1970
96th Kentucky Derby: Mike Manganello on Dust Commander wins 2:03.4 
1970
KOAI (now KNAZ) TV channel 2 in Flagstaff, AZ (NBC) 1st broadcast 
1971
Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open 
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 
1976
Joanne Carner wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic 
1977
"King & I" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 719 performances 
1978
NBA championship: Portland Trailblazers win in 4 games 
1979
"Quadrophenia" premieres in London 
1979
-May 10] Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) begins nonstop ride, cycling 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka 
1979
14th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell 
1980
Joseph Doherty & 3 other IRA men arrested for murder 
1980
Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa 
1980
Pope John Paul II begins African tour 
1980
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1981
107th Kentucky Derby: Jorge Velasquez on Pleasant Colony wins in 2:02 
1981
Radio Shack re-releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3 with 2 fixes 
1982
Beth Daniel wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic 
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
"Sunday in the Park with George" opens at Booth NYC for 604 perfs 
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
Dynamo Kiev wins 26th Europe Cup II 
1986
Transportation Expo 86 opens in Vancouver, BC 
1987
113th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 2:03.4 
1988
Balt Orioles sign a 15 year lease to remain in Balt & get a new park 
1988
David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" premieres in NYC 
1988
Jackson Pollock's "Search" sold for $4,800,000 
1988
Reds manager Pete Rose is suspended for 30 days for pushing an ump 
1990
"Some Americans Abroad" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 62 perfs 
1990
South Africa & African National Congress open talks to end apartheid 
1991
Pope John Paul II's encyclical on Centesimus annus 
1992
"High Rollers Social & Pleasure Club" opens at H Hayes NYC 14 perfs 
1992
118th Kentucky Derby: Pat Day aboard Lil E Tee wins in 2:03 
1992
Yugoslav Army seize Bosnian Pres Alija Izetbegovic 
1993
"5 Guys Named Moe" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 445 perfs 
1993
"Candida" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances 
1993
"Redwood Curtain" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 40 perfs 
1993
"Tango Passion" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 5 performances 
1993
Kristi Albers wins Sprint Golf Classic 
1993
Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Sprint Senior Challenge Golf Tournament 
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
"Hamlet" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 121 performances 
1995
Expos bat out of order against Mets in 6th inning 
1995
Serb missiles exploded in the heart of Zagreb, killing six 
1997
Donald Trump & Marla Maples announce they are separating 
1997
Mercury Mail announces its 1 millionth internet subscriber 
1997
Police arrest transsexual prostitute Atisone Seiuli with Eddie Murphy 
1997
Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders 
1998
124th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 2:02.20 
1998
The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy. 
1999
Panamanian election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama. 
1999
John Elway announces his retirement from the NFL 
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. 
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. 
2008
The critically acclaimed "Iron Man", starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, is released 
2009
135th Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard Mine That Bird wins in 2:02.66 
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. 
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. 
2012
Edvard Munch's famous painting 'The Scream' sells at auction for $119,922,500 
2012
Barcelona football player Lionel Messi breaks the European goal-scoring record with 68 goals 
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 
2015
141st [Kentucky Derby]: Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah wins in 2:03.02 
2016
Puerto Rico to default on debt payment after talks fail 
2016
US cruise ship travels to Cuba for first time in decades 
2017
Hamas says supports Palestinian state along 1967 borders 
2017
NKorea says it will speed up nuke program in response to US 
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