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The following information was obtained From the New York Times and other web sites.
MAY 2nd HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY (Notice all the "Jack" References)
  • 1519  Artist Leonardo da Vinci died at Cloux, France.
  • 1668  Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ends War of Devolution.
  • 1670  The Hudson Bay Co. was chartered by England's King Charles II.
  • 1729  Catherine II or Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, was born.
  • 1860  Founder of modern Zionism, Theodor Herzl, was born in Budapest.
  • 1863  Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was accidentally wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, Va. He died eight days later.
  • 1879  Statesman, politician, and influential advisor to presidents James F. Byrnes was born in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • 1885  Good Housekeeping magazine made its debut.
  • 1890  The Oklahoma Territory was organized.
  • 1892  Baron Manfred von Richthofen, German fighter ace, was born; he shot down more than 80 enemy aircraft in World War One and became known as "The Red Baron."
  • 1903  Benjamin Spock, the American pediatrician whose books on child rearing influenced generations of parents, was born. 
  • 1932  Jack Benny's first radio show made its debut on the NBC Blue Network.
  • 1939  New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,130 consecutive games played came to an end. His record stood until 1995, when it was broken by Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles.
  • 1945  The Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria. 
  • 1952  The first scheduled jet airliner passenger service began with a BOAC Comet, which flew from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers.
  • 1957  Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, the controversial Republican from Wisconsin, died at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
  • 1969  The British passenger liner Queen Elizabeth 2 left on her maiden voyage to New York.
  • 1972  After serving 48 years as head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover died in Washington at age 77.
  • 1974  Former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew was disbarred by the Maryland Court of Appeals, effectively preventing him from practicing law anywhere in the United States.
  • 1997  Tony Blair became, at age 44, Britain's youngest prime minister in 185 years.
  • 1994  Nelson Mandela claimed victory in South Africa's first democratic elections.
  • 1999  Yugoslav authorities handed over to the Rev. Jesse Jackson three American prisoners of war who had been held for a month.
  • 2002  Future Author, Entrepreneur and U.S. President Jackson Scarborough Stilwell born in Greenville, South Carolina.