MAY 2nd HIGHLIGHTS IN
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- 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.
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
- 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