YEAR

DAY

EVENT

1497

May 2

John Cabot departed for North America.

1536

May 2

King Henry VIII accused Anna Boleyn of adultery, incest, and treason.

1776

May 2

France and Spain agreed to donate arms to American rebels.

1797

May 2

A mutiny in the British navy spread from Spithead to the rest of the fleet.

1865

May 2

President Johnson offered a $100,000 reward for the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

1866

May 2

Jesse Lazear, American physician and researcher of yellow fever.

1877

May 2

Vernon Castle, ballroom dancer.

1895

May 2

Lorenz Milton Hart, lyricist, collaborator with Richard Rodgers.

1919

May 2

The first U.S. air passenger service started.

1926

May 2

US military “intervened” in Nicaragua.

1932

May 2

Pulitzer prize was awarded to Pearl S. Buck for “The Good Earth.”

1945

May 2

Yugoslav troops occupied Trieste.

1949

May 2

Arthur Miller won Pulitzer Prize for “Death of a Salesman.”

1955

May 2

Pulitzer prize was awarded to Tennessee Williams for Cat on Hot Tin Roof.

1956

May 2

US Methodist church disallowed race separation.

1960

May 2

Pulitzer prize was awarded to Alan Drury (Advice & Consent).

1962

May 2

OAS struck in Algeria.

1969

May 2

Franz JHMM von Papen (b.1879), German chancellor (1932), died.

1970

May 2

Diane Crump became the 1st woman jockey at the Kentucky Derby.

1972

May 2

The play “That Championship Season” by Jason Miller (1939-2001) premiered in NYC off Broadway. A film version premiered in 1982.

1974

May 2

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.

1980

May 2

Pope John Paul II arrived Kinshasa for the centennial of Catholicism in Zaire and the beginning of his African tour.

1985

May 2

US financial firm E.F. Hutton pleaded guilty to charges that that it carried out a large check-kiting scam.

1988

May 2

Jackson Pollock’s “Search” sold for $4,800,000.

1991

May 2

US, British, French and Dutch forces plunged 50 miles deeper into northern Iraq.

1992

May 2

Los 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.

1993

May 2

Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic approved a plan to end the Bosnian war. Four days later, the Bosnian Serb assembly rejected it.

1994

May 2

A jury in Detroit acquitted Dr. Kevorkian of violating a 1992 law against assisted suicide.

1996

May 2

By 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.

1997

May 2

President Clinton and congressional Republicans came to terms on a plan to balance the budget over five years.

1998

May 2

In the 124th Kentucky Derby jockey Kent Desormeaux rode to victory on “Real Quiet.”

1999

May 2

A US F-16 went down over western Serbia on the 39th night of air strikes. Allied forces rescued the pilot.

2000

May 2

Former nurse Christina Marie Riggs was executed by injection in Arkansas for smothering her two young children.

2001

May 2

President Bush and Republican congressional leaders clinched a budget deal embracing most of the president’s tax and spending goals.

2002

May 2

The 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.

2003

May 2

The US jobless rate was reported at 6%, an 8-year high.

2004

May 2

In Afghanistan a fuel-truck explosion killed at least 25 people in western Herat.

2005

May 2

Brazil posted a record trade surplus for the month of April. During the month its currency rose 5% against the dollar.

2006

May 2

Louis 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.

2007

May 2

In 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.”

2008

May 2

The 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.

2009

May 2

Mine 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.

2010

May 2

Louisiana’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.

2011

May 2

The 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 detonated May 3 to allow water back into the river.

2012

May 2

US federal authorities charged over 100 people in 7 cities with Medicare fraud in scams that bilked the program of over $450 million.

2013

May 2

Maryland’s Gov. Martin O’Malley signed legislation to abolish the death penalty, making Maryland became the 18th US state to do so.

2014

May 2

US 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