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2 May

1194 – England – Portsmouth given Royal Charter by Richard I. http://www.history.co.uk/shows/history-of-britain/articles/history-of-portsmouth

1536 – England – Anne Boleyn arrested and imprisoned. http://www.luminarium.org/encyclopedia/anneboleynarrest.htm

1568 – Scotland – Mary, Queen of Scots, escaped from Loch Leven Castle. http://elfinspell.com/Harpers2QueenMary.html

1611 – England – King James Bible first published in London by printer Robert Barker. http://datchethistory.org.uk/Robert%20Barker%20complete/robert_barker.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_James_Version

1670 – Canada – Charles II granted permanent charter to Hudson’s Bay Company to open up fur trade. https://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/hbca/about/hbc_history.html

1808 – Spain – Dos De Mayo Uprising (Peninsular War). http://www.peninsularwar.org/penwar_e.htm

1829 – Australia – Swan River Colony established. http://heritageperth.com.au/files/2012/11/Settlement-of-the-Swan-.pdf

1859 – UK – The Cornwall Railway opened across the Royal Albert Bridge. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornwall_Railway#Opening_at_last  http://www.royalalbertbridge.co.uk/history.html

1866 – Peru – Battle of Callao (Chincha Islands War). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Callao

1879 – Spain – Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party founded in Madrid. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Socialist_Workers%27_Party

1885 – USA – Good Housekeeping magazine first published. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/may02.html

1885 – Canada – Battle of Cut Knife. http://firstpeoplesofcanada.com/fp_metis/fp_metis_cutknife.html

1889 – Ethiopia – Treaty of Wuchale signed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Wuchale

1906 – Greece – Intercalated Games Closing Ceremony in Athens. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1906_Intercalated_Games

1939 – Morocco – Air France plane crashed near Argana, 9 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19390502-0

1941 – Iraq – Anglo-Iraqi War began (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Iraqi_War

1945 – Germany – Battle of Berlin ended (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Berlin

1945 – Italy – Italian Campaign ended (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_Campaign_(World_War_II)

1945 – Germany – Wöbbelin concentration camp liberated (WWII). http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10006160


1946 – USA – ‘Battle of Alcatraz’ began. http://youtu.be/owfuNOrUw5c WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Alcatraz

1947 – Italy – AMI plane crashed at Torino-Mirafiori Airport, 4 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19470502-0

1950 – Ecuador – Avianca plane crashed near Simiatug, 15 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19500502-0

1951 – Egypt – RAF plane crashed near Fayid, 8 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19510502-0

1952 – UK – The De Havilland Comet 1 jet airliner first flight from London to Johannesburg. http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/2/newsid_2480000/2480339.stm

1953 – India – BOAC Flight 783/057 crashed near Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport, 43 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19530502-0

1964 – Vietnam – USS Card sank in Saigon, following an explosion on board (Vietnam War). http://www.uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/2487.html


1969 – UK – Queen Elizabeth 2 ocean liner maiden voyage to New York. https://youtu.be/wL70Lvl_Xrw  http://www.qe2.org.uk/history.html

1970 – Virgin Islands – ALM Flight 980 crashed near St. Croix, 23 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19700502-0


1972 – USA – Fire at Sunshine Mine, Idaho, 91 killed. https://youtu.be/N7ae9-fD1TY WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing http://www.usmra.com/saxsewell/sunshine.htm

1983 – USA – Earthquake measuring 6.5Mw, epicentre in Coalinga, California. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/events/1983_05_02.php

1994 – Poland – Bus Crash in Gdańsk, 32 killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poland_bus_disaster_of_1994

1995 – Croatia – Zagreb Rocket Attacks (Croatian War of Independence). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zagreb_rocket_attacks

1997 – UK – Tony Blair became Prime Minister (Labour). https://www.gov.uk/government/history/past-prime-ministers/tony-blair

1999 – Panama – Mireya Moscoso became first female President. http://www.biography.com/#!/people/mireya-moscoso-39819

2004 – Nigeria – Yelwa Massacre, 630+ killed. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3689615.stm

2008 – Burma – Cyclone Nargis hit land, 138,000 killed. http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/A-level/AQA/Year%2013/Weather%20and%20climate/Hurricanes/Cyclone_Nargis.htm

2008 – Chile – Chaitén Volcano began erupting. http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/chaiten.html

2011 – Pakistan – Osama Bin Laden killed by US Special Forces in Abbottabad. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13257330

2014 – Afghanistan – Mudslides in Badakhshan, 350+ killed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-27261783

York

1632 – Robert Nixon and John Newton were executed at Tyburn Gallows. http://pastsearch-archaeo-history.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Criminals-and-Executions-Jan12.pdf

1642 – 4000 Yorkshire gentlemen assembled to hear an address given by Charles I.

1777 – William Cock, a sailor from Doncaster leaped from the battlement of Ouse Bridge for a second time.

1801 – James Doughty, Richard Holliday, Edward Tattersall, George Sedgwick and Thomas Hodgson were executed at Tyburn Gallows. http://pastsearch-archaeo-history.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Criminals-and-Executions-Jan12.pdf

1916 – Zeppelin Raid, 9 killed (WWI). http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/features/features/11539527.Precious_memories_found_in_biscuit_tin/  http://www.york.ac.uk/media/ipup/documents/wwi-trail-leaflet.pdf