Today in history

YEARDAYEVENT
1497May 2John Cabot departed for North America.
1536May 2King Henry VIII accused Anna Boleyn of adultery, incest, and treason.
1776May 2France and Spain agreed to donate arms to American rebels.
1797May 2A mutiny in the British navy spread from Spithead to the rest of the fleet.
1865May 2President Johnson offered a $100,000 reward for the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
1866May 2Jesse Lazear, American physician and researcher of yellow fever.
1877May 2Vernon Castle, ballroom dancer.
1895May 2Lorenz Milton Hart, lyricist, collaborator with Richard Rodgers.
1919May 2The first U.S. air passenger service started.
1926May 2US military “intervened” in Nicaragua.
1932May 2Pulitzer prize was awarded to Pearl S. Buck for “The Good Earth.”
1945May 2Yugoslav troops occupied Trieste.
1949May 2Arthur Miller won Pulitzer Prize for “Death of a Salesman.”
1955May 2Pulitzer prize was awarded to Tennessee Williams for Cat on Hot Tin Roof.
1956May 2US Methodist church disallowed race separation.
1960May 2Pulitzer prize was awarded to Alan Drury (Advice & Consent).
1962May 2OAS struck in Algeria.
1969May 2Franz JHMM von Papen (b.1879), German chancellor (1932), died.
1970May 2Diane Crump became the 1st woman jockey at the Kentucky Derby.
1972May 2The play “That Championship Season” by Jason Miller (1939-2001) premiered in NYC off Broadway. A film version premiered in 1982.
1974May 2Former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew was disbarred by the Maryland Court of Appeals, effectively preventing him from practicing law anywhere in the United States.
1980May 2Pope John Paul II arrived Kinshasa for the centennial of Catholicism in Zaire and the beginning of his African tour.
1985May 2US financial firm E.F. Hutton pleaded guilty to charges that that it carried out a large check-kiting scam.
1988May 2Jackson Pollock’s “Search” sold for $4,800,000.
1991May 2US, British, French and Dutch forces plunged 50 miles deeper into northern Iraq.
1992May 2Los Angeles began to recover from rioting that had erupted in the wake of the Rodney King-taped beating acquittals; about 2,800 National Guard troops patrolled the city while 3,200 stood by.
1993May 2Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic approved a plan to end the Bosnian war. Four days later, the Bosnian Serb assembly rejected it.
1994May 2A jury in Detroit acquitted Dr. Kevorkian of violating a 1992 law against assisted suicide.
1996May 2By a 97-3 vote, the Senate passed an immigration bill to tighten border controls, make it tougher for illegal immigrants to get U.S. jobs and curtail legal immigrants’ access to social services.
1997May 2President Clinton and congressional Republicans came to terms on a plan to balance the budget over five years.
1998May 2In the 124th Kentucky Derby jockey Kent Desormeaux rode to victory on “Real Quiet.”
1999May 2A US F-16 went down over western Serbia on the 39th night of air strikes. Allied forces rescued the pilot.
2000May 2Former nurse Christina Marie Riggs was executed by injection in Arkansas for smothering her two young children.
2001May 2President Bush and Republican congressional leaders clinched a budget deal embracing most of the president’s tax and spending goals.
2002May 2The Rev. Paul Shanley, a priest at the epicenter of the clergy sex abuse scandal, turned himself in to authorities in San Diego to face charges in Massachusetts of raping boys during the 1980s. Shanley pleaded innocent but was later convicted of repeatedly raping one boy, and was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison.
2003May 2The US jobless rate was reported at 6%, an 8-year high.
2004May 2In Afghanistan a fuel-truck explosion killed at least 25 people in western Herat.
2005May 2Brazil posted a record trade surplus for the month of April. During the month its currency rose 5% against the dollar.
2006May 2Louis Rukeyser (73) died in Connecticut. The best-selling author, columnist, lecturer and television host had delivered pun-filled, commonsense commentary on complicated business and economic news.
2007May 2In a defeat for anti-war Democrats, Congress failed to override President Bush’s veto of legislation requiring the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. Bush declared al-Qaida “public enemy No. 1 in Iraq.”
2008May 2The US Federal Reserve and key European central banks announced a fresh offensive against a global credit crisis that has gridlocked lending and slowed the world economy.
2009May 2Mine That Bird, a gelding from New Mexico trained by Bennie Woolley Jr., won the 135th Kentucky Derby. With an inspired ride on the rail from Calvin Borel the 50-to-1 odds win was one of the greatest upsets in America’s most famous horse race.
2010May 2Louisiana’s 2.4-billion-dollar a year commercial and recreational fishing industry was dealt its first major blow from the April 20 oil spill, as the US government banned activities for 10 days due to health concerns.
2011May 2The US Army corps. of Engineers exploded a section of the Mississippi River Birds Point levee in Missouri to protect the small town of Cairo, Ill. Water levels receded but a second, smaller section was detonatedMay 3 to allow water back into the river.
2012May 2US federal authorities charged over 100 people in 7 cities with Medicare fraud in scams that bilked the program of over $450 million.
2013May 2Maryland’s Gov. Martin O’Malley signed legislation to abolish the death penalty, making Maryland became the 18th US state to do so.
2014May 2US Health officials confirmed the first case of an American infected with MERS, a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East. The man fell ill after flying to the US late last week from Saudi Arabia where he was a health care worker.

Source: Timelines of History

 

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