Events on May 2

  • 1345"Quaden Maendach" in Gent: Battles between volders and weavers
  • 1497John Cabot departs to North-America
  • 1526German evangelical monarchy joins Schmalkaldische League
  • 1536King Henry VIII accused Anna Boleyn of adultery and incest
  • 1595King Philip II names Albrecht of Austria land guardian of Neth
  • 1598France and Spain signs Peace of Vervins
  • 1652Frederik Hendriks daughter Albertine Agnes marries Willem Frederik
  • 16681st peace of Aken: ends French-Spanish war in The Netherlands
  • 1668Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, ends War of Devolution
  • 1670King Charles II charters Hudson Bay Company
  • 1703Portugal signs treaty with England to become a Great Covenant
  • 1749Empress Maria Theresa signs "Haugwitzschen State reform"
  • 1776France and Spain agreed to give weapons to American rebels
  • 1780William Herschel discovers 1st binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris
  • 1808Uprising against French occupation begins in Madrid
  • 1824Goethe visits Ettersberg (Buchenwald)
  • 1833Czar Nicolas bans public sale of serfs
  • 1847Sabbath famine
  • 1863South defeats North in Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia
  • 1863Stonewall Jackson attacks Chancellorsville, wounded by his own men
  • 1865President Johnson offers $100,000 reward for capture of Jefferson Davis
  • 1876Ross Barnes hit 1st home run in National League
  • 1878US stops minting 20 cent coin
  • 1885"Good Housekeeping" magazine is 1st published
  • 1885Congo Free State forms by King Leopold II of Belgium
  • 1887Hannibal W Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film
  • 1889Abyssinian Emperor Menelik II / Italy signs Treaty of Wichale
  • 1890Territory of Oklahoma created
  • 1900George Bernard Shaws "You Never Can Tell, " premieres in London
  • 1902"A Trip To The Moon, " the 1st science fiction film released

Born on May 2

  • 1551William Camden: English historian (Brittania, Annales)
  • 1601Athanasius Kircher: German Jesuit / inventor (magic lantern)
  • 1660Pietro Alessandro Gaspare Scarlatti: Palermo, Italy -- Composer (Tigrane)
  • 1729Catherine II [the Great]: Empress of Russia (1762-96)
  • 1729Florian Johann Deller: Composer
  • 1740Elias Boudinot: Lawyer / patriot, founder American Biblical Society
  • 1752Ludwig August Lebrun: Composer
  • 1754Vicente Martin y Soler: Composer
  • 1768Jean-Louis M Alibert: French dermatologist
  • 1772Novalis: Writer
  • 1779John Galt: Scotland, United Kingdom -- Novelist (Ayrshire Legatees, Lawrie Todd)
  • 1810Hans Christian Lumbye: Composer
  • 1817Zikmund Michal Kolesovsky: Composer
  • 1821Abram Sanders Piatt: Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1908
  • 1843Carl Michael Ziehrer: Composer
  • 1844Elijah McCoy: Black inventor, held over 50 patents
  • 1846Zygmunt Noskowski: Composer
  • 1853Marie Verstraete: Actress (Louise-Frou Frou)
  • 1855Theodore Moses Tobani: Composer
  • 1857Frederic Cliffe: Composer
  • 1860Theodor Herzl: Austria -- Journalist / founder (Zionist movement)
  • 1862Marie F M Emmanuel: French composer / musicologist (Salamine)
  • 1869Tyrone Power, Sr.: London, England -- Actor (Alexanders Ragtime Band)
  • 1872G G van der Hoeven: Dutch editor-in-chief (NRC)
  • 1884Francois de Vries: Dutch economist
  • 1886Gottfried Benn: Writer
  • 1890E[dward] E[lmer] "Doc" Smith: United States -- Sci-fi author (Triplanetary)
  • 1892Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen [Red Baron]: German WWI ace
  • 1895Alfred Kurella: Writer
  • 1895Peggy Bacon: Ridgefield, Connecticut -- Author / illustrator (Off With Their Heads)

Died on May 2

  • 0649Maruta of Tagrit: Theology / 1st mafriaan Jakobitische church
  • 1250Toeransa: Sultan of Egypt, murdered
  • 1459Pierozzi Antoninus: Italian Archbishop of Florence / saint
  • 1488Jacob van Horne: Burgundy statesman
  • 1519Leonardo Da Vinci: Artist / scientist, dies at 67
  • 1567Marin Drzic: Croatian playwright (Dundo Maroje)
  • 1669Pieter Jansz Post: Master builder (Waag, Gouda), dies at 61
  • 1685Adriaen van Ostade: Dutch painter, buried
  • 1727Paul Aler: French Jesuit / Poet (Gradus ad Parnassum), dies at 70
  • 1736Albert Seba: Amsterdam pharmacist, dies at 71
  • 1799Henri-Joseph Rigel: Composer, dies at 58
  • 1818Herman W Daendels: Governor-General of Guinea (1815-18), dies at 55
  • 1845August Pauly: German writer (Real Encyclopedia), dies at 48
  • 1857LC Alfred the Musset: French Poet (Lesson caprices Marianne)
  • 1864Giacomo Meyerbeer: Composer, dies at 72
  • 1892Wilhelm Rust: Composer, dies at 69
  • 1897William Cleaver Francis Robinson: Composer, dies at 63
  • 1919Gustav Landauer: German socialist
  • 1937Arthur Somervell: Composer, dies at 73
  • 1945Martin Bormann: Propoganda Minister for Hitler
  • 1954Pauline de Cock-Manifarges: Singer, dies at 82
  • 1955Tadeusz Jarecki: Composer, dies at 66
  • 1957Joseph McCarthy: Commie hunting senator (R-Wisc), dies at 47
  • 1957Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern: Composer, dies at 53
  • 1958Alfred Weber: German economist / sociologist, dies at 89
  • 1960Caryl Chessman: Rapist executed after 12 years of appeals at 39
  • 1963Tomas Vackar: Composer, dies at 17
  • 1963Van Wyck Brooks: US Historian (Ordeal of Mark Twain), dies at 77
  • 1964Nancy N Witcher Astor: US / Eng feminist / ex of Waldorf Astor
  • 1968Donald L Hall: Airplane designer (Spirit of St. Louis), dies at 69

Historical events on May 3

  • 1294John II becomes Duke of Brabant / Limburg
  • 1342Count Hartmann II becomes ruler of Vaduz (Liechtenstein)
  • 1382Battle on Beverhoutsfield near Brugge
  • 1455Jews flee Spain
  • 1494Columbus discovers Jamaica
  • 1494Jamaica discovered by Columbus; he names it "St Iago"
  • 15125th Lateran Council (18th ecumenical council) opens in Rome
  • 1515Persian Gulf: Portugese fleet occupies Ormuz
  • 1616Treaty of Loudun kills French civil war
  • 1621Francis Bacon accused of bribery
  • 1624Spanish silver fleet sails to Panama
  • 1629French huguenot leader Duke De Rohan signs accord with Spain
  • 1640English Upper house accept Act of Attainder
  • 1654Bridge at Rowley Mass begins charging tolls for animals
  • 1660Sweden, Poland, Brandenburg and Austria sign Peace of Oliva
  • 1661Johannes Hevelius observes 3rd transit of Mercury ever to be seen
  • 1662Royal charter granted Connecticut
  • 1678French conquering fleet at Curacao, 1200 die
  • 1747Willem IV appointed Viceroy of Holland / Utrecht
  • 17651st US medical college opens in Philadelphia
  • 1802Washington DC incorporates as a city
  • 1810Lord Byron swims Hellespont
  • 1815Battle at Tolentino: Austria beats King Joachim of Naples
  • 1822Society for Propagation of Faith starts (Lyon, France)
  • 18301st regular steam train passenger service starts
  • 18451st black lawyer (Macon B Allen) admitted to bar (Mass)
  • 1845Fire kills 1,600 in popular theater in Canton China
  • 1846Mexican army surrounds fort in Texas
  • 1851Most of SF destroyed by fire; 30 die
  • 1855Antwerp-Rotterdam railway opens

Born on May 3

  • 1446Margaretha: English Princess / Duchess of Bourgondie
  • 1514Bartholomaeus a Martyribus [Fernandez]: Primate of Portugal
  • 1535Alessandro "Agnolo" Allori: Italian painter / carpet designer
  • 1647John A "Joannes" Antonides van der Goes: Poet (Bellone aen bant)
  • 1649Johann Valentin Meder: Composer
  • 1692Jan J Mauricius: Dutch Governor-General of Suriname (1742-51)
  • 1708Johann Adolph Scheibe: German music theroist / composer
  • 1729Florian Leopold Gassmann: Composer
  • 1737Friedrich Schwindl: Composer
  • 1742Jean-Baptiste Krumphultz: Composer
  • 1744Freidrich Wilhelm Weis: Composer
  • 1752Braz Francisco de Lima: Composer
  • 1764Elisabeth PMH: Princess of France / Son of King Louis XVI
  • 1773Giuseppe Acerbi: Italian traveller / nature investigator / diplomat
  • 1815Hermanus W Witteveen: Dutch theologist
  • 1816Montgomery Cunningham Meigs: Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1892
  • 1819Nicola De Giosa: Composer
  • 1826Charles XV Louis E: King of Sweden / Norway (1859-72) / poet
  • 1844Edouard A Drumont: French anti-semitic journalist
  • 1849Jacob Riis: Denmark -- Reporter (NY Tribune, New York Evening Sun)
  • 1859Andy Adams: US writer (Log of a Cowboy)
  • 1873[Nicoline] Magdalene Anchor-Roll: Norwegian author (Kvinnen og Den)
  • 1874Francois Coty: Corsica -- Corsican senator / perfume maker
  • 1890B Traven: Writer
  • 1892George Thomson: Demonstrated electron diffraction (Nobel 1937)
  • 1893Hope Landin: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1895Earnest Kantorowicz: German / US historian (Laudes regiae)
  • 1895Zoltan Korda: Hungarian / British director (Jungle Book, 4 Feathers)
  • 1897V K Krishna Menon: India -- Minister of Defense
  • 1898Golda Meir [Meyerson]: Kiev, Ukraine -- 4th Israeli Prime Minister (1969-74)

Died on May 3

  • 1010Ansfried: 9th Bishop of Utrecht (995-1010) / saint, dies at about 69
  • 1294Jan I: Duke of Brabant / Limburg / poet
  • 1442Engelbert I: Earl of Nassau-Dillenburg
  • 1567Leonhard Paminger: Composer, dies at 72
  • 1614Sasbout Vosmeer: RC Theologist / apostole vicar, dies at 66
  • 1654Francois van Kinschot: Treasurer-General / chancellor of Brabant, dies at 77
  • 1703Eglon van de Down: Still-life painter
  • 1704Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Austrian violist / composer, dies at 59
  • 1707Michiel de Swaen: South Netherlands Physician / poet, dies at 53
  • 1737Abraham Patras: Governor-General of East-Indies (1735-37), dies at 65
  • 1758Benedict XIV [Prospero L Lambertini]: Pope (1740-58), dies at 83
  • 1764Francesco Algarotti: Italian Earl / encyclopedist, dies at 53
  • 1783Pieter Valckx: South Netherlands sculptor, dies at 49
  • 1792Carlo Zuccari: Composer, dies at 87
  • 1839Ferdinando Paer: Composer, dies at 67
  • 1841Cornelis T Elout: Dutch Minister of Finance / Navy / Colonies, dies at 74
  • 1854William Beale: Composer, dies at 70
  • 1856Adolfo Fumagalli: Composer, dies at 27
  • 1856Adolphe Charles Adam: French Composer / critic (Giselle), dies at 52
  • 1861Anthony Philip Heinrich: Composer, dies at 80
  • 1863Elisha Franklin "Bull" Paxton: US Confederate Brigadier General, dies at 35
  • 1868Olof Wilhelm Udden: Composer, dies at 68
  • 1881Josip Jurcic: Slovic writer (Schone Vida)
  • 1893Josef Rudolf Zavrtal: Composer, dies at 73
  • 1902David R Capriles: Curacaos Director of Psychiatric, dies at 64
  • 1910Artie Shaw: Bandleader
  • 1926Napoleon V Bonaparte: French pretender to the throne, dies at 63
  • 1931Frank Hoyt Losey: Composer, dies at 59
  • 1931Otto Winter-Hjelm: Composer, dies at 93
  • 1932Anton Wildgans: Austr writer (Dies Irae) / director Burgtheater, dies at 51