Famous Events on this Day in History, May 02:1194 - King Richard I of England gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter.
1230 - William de Braose, 10th Baron Abergavenny is hanged by Prince Llywelyn the Great.
1335 - Otto the Merry, Duke of Austria, becomes Duke of Carinthia.
1345 - "Quaden Maendach" in Gent: Battles between volders & weavers
1497 - John Cabot departs to North-America
1526 - German evangelical monarchy joins Schmalkaldische League
1536 - King Henry VIII accused Anna Boleyn of adultery & incest
1595 - King Philip II names Albrecht of Austria land guardian of Neth
1598 - France & Spain signs Peace of Vervins
1652 - Frederik Hendriks daughter Albertine Agnes marries Willem Frederik
1668 - 1st peace of Aken: ends French-Spanish war in The Netherlands
1668 - Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, ends War of Devolution
1670 - King Charles II charters Hudson Bay Company
1672 - John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.
1703 - Portugal signs treaty with England to become a Great Covenant
1749 - Empress Maria Theresa signs "Haugwitzschen State reform"
1750 - Carlo Goldoni's "La Botega di Caffè," premieres in Mantua
1776 - France & Spain agreed to give weapons to American rebels
1780 - William Herschel discovers 1st binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris
1808 - Uprising against French occupation begins in Madrid
1816 - Marriage of Léopold of Saxe-Coburg and Charlotte Augusta.
1824 - Goethe visits Ettersberg (Buchenwald)
1829 - After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of the HMS Challenger, declares the Swan River Colony in Australia.
1833 - Czar Nicolas bans public sale of serfs
1845 - Domingo Sarmiento publishes "Civilización y Barbarie"
1847 - Sabbath famine
1853 - Franconi's Hippodrome opens (NYC)
1863 - South defeats North in Battle of Chancellorsville, Va
1863 - Stonewall Jackson attacks Chancellorsville, wounded by his own men
1865 - Pres Johnson offers $100,000 reward for capture of Jefferson Davis
1866 - Peruvian defenders fight off Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao.
1876 - Ross Barnes hit 1st home run in National League
1876 - The April Uprising breaks out in Bulgaria.
1878 - US stops minting 20 cent coin
1885 - "Good Housekeeping" magazine is 1st published
1885 - Congo Free State forms by King Leopold II of Belgium
1887 - G Rossini's corpse transfered to Santa Croce, Florence
1887 - Hannibal W Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film
1889 - Abyssinian emperor Menelik II/Italy signs Treaty of Wichale
1890 - Territory of Oklahoma created
1900 - George Bernard Shaws "You Never Can Tell," premieres in London
1902 - "A Trip To The Moon," the 1st science fiction film released
1903 - 29th Kentucky Derby: Hal Booker aboard Judge Himes wins in 2:09
1904 - 30th Kentucky Derby: Shorty Prior aboard Elwood wins in 2:08.50
1905 - French newspapers publish lists of Jules Vernes unpublished work
1906 - 32nd Kentucky Derby: Roscoe Troxler aboard Sir Huon wins in 2:08.8
1907 - Belgium Jules baron de Trooz forms Belgian govt
1908 - 1908 "Take me out to the Ball Game registered for copyright.
1909 - Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs
1911 - French troops occupy Fès El Bali Morocco
1915 - Old Fordham Road in Bronx renamed Landing Road
1916 - US president Wilson signs Harrison Drug Act
1916 - 2nd Ave & Bronx Terrace renamed Bronx Blvd; Seward Pl renamed Sycamore Ave; Herald Ave renamed Dickinson Ave; Monroe & Selwyn Avenue named
1917 - Cin Fred Tooney & Chic's Hippo Vaughn pitch duel no-hitter, Vaughn gives up 2 hits & a run in 10th, so Cin wins 1-0
1918 - General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.
1919 - 1st US air passenger service starts
1920 - 1st game of National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis
1921 - Begin 3rd anti-German revolt in Upper-Silesia
1922 - WBAP-AM begins broadcasting from Ft Worth Texas
1923 - Senator Walter Johnson pitches his 100th shutout, beats Yanks 3-0
1924 - Netherlands refuses to recognize USSR
1925 - Kezar Stadium in SF's Golden Gate Park opens
1926 - US military intervenes in Nicaragua
1927 - Intl Economic Conference (52 countries including USSR) opens
1927 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Louis Bromfield (Early Autumn)
1928 - KPQ-AM in Wenatchee WA begins radio transmissions
1930 - Des Moines (Western League) defeats Wichita 13-6 to open 1st ballpark with permanently installed lights
1932 - Jack Benny's 1st radio show premieres (NBC Blue Network)
1932 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Pearl S Buck (Good Earth)
1933 - In Germany, Adolf Hitler bans trade unions
1934 - Nazi-Germany begins People's court
1936 - "Peter & Wolf" premieres in Moscow
1936 - 62nd Kentucky Derby: Ira Hanford aboard Bold Venture wins in 2:03.6
1936 - Emperor Haile Selassie & family flee Abyssinia
1938 - Ella Fitzgerald records "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"
1938 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder (Our Town)
1939 - Lou Gehrig ends 2,130 consecutive game streak, Yanks beat Tigers 22-2
1941 - FCC approves regular scheduled coml TV broadcasts to begin July 1
1941 - Martin Bormann succeeds Rudolf Hess as Hitler's deputy
1941 - Nazi occupied Netherlands layoff Jewish journalists
1941 - Ted Williams lowest average (.308) in year he hit over .400
1942 - 68th Kentucky Derby: Wayne D Wright aboard Shut Out wins in 2:04.4
1942 - Japanese troops occupy Mandalay Burma
1943 - German troops vacate Jefna Tunisia
1944 - WABD (WNEW, now WNYW) TV channel 5 in NYC (DUM/MET/FOX) 1st broadcast
1945 - Allies occupy Wismar
1945 - Dutch Queen Wilhelmina & Princess Juliana reach Gilze-Rijen
1945 - German Army in Italy surrenders
1945 - Russia takes Berlin; General Weidling surrenders
1945 - Yugoslav troops occupy Trieste
1946 - Prisoners revolt at Alcatraz, 5 die
1946 - The "Battle of Alcatraz" takes place, killing two guards and three inmates.
1947 - Eugene O'Neill's "Moon for the Misbegotten," premieres in NYC
1949 - Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman"
1949 - Bolivian state of siege proclaimed
1949 - Don Newcombe, 1st start, shuts out Cincinnati on 5 hits to win 3-0
1950 - Carlo Terrons "Giuditta," premieres in Milan
1950 - Dutch 1st Chamber accept Laws on immigration
1950 - Dutch PM Malan recognizes South-Africa but not China PR
1952 - 1st performance of John Cage's "Water Music"
1952 - 1st scheduled jet airliner passenger service began with a BOAC Comet
1952 - Operations begin at United Suriname Workers of Netherlands which flew from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers
1953 - 79th Kentucky Derby: Hank Moreno aboard Dark Star wins in 2:02
1953 - Feisal II installed as king of Iraq
1953 - Hussein I installed as king of Jordan
1954 - Stan Musial hits 5 HRs in a doubleheader
1955 - India poses discrimination "onaanraakbaren" punishable
1955 - Pulitzer prize awarded Tennessee Williams for (Cat on Hot Tin Roof)
1955 - WGBH TV channel 2 in Boston, MA (PBS) begins broadcasting
1956 - US Lab detects high-temperature microwave radiation from Venus
1956 - US Methodist church disallows race separation
1958 - Yanks threaten to broadcast games nationwide if NL goes ahead with plans to broadcast, games into NYC
1959 - 85th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Tomy Lee wins in 2:02.2
1960 - Harry Belafonte 2nd Carnegie Hall performance
1960 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Al Drury (Advice & Consent)
1960 - "American Bandstand's" Dick Clark
1960 - House investigating committee, looking into payola questions
1962 - Benfica wins 7th Europe Cup I
1962 - OAS strikes in Algeria
1962 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1962 - WMHT TV channel 17 in Schenectady-Alby-Tro, NY (PBS) 1st broadcast
1964 - 90th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 2:00
1964 - Beatles' "Beatles' 2nd Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for for 5 weeks
1964 - Mad Dog Vachon beats Verne Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA champ
1964 - First ascent of Shishapangma the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and the lowest of the Eight-thousanders.
1965 - "New Faces of 1965" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 52 performances
1965 - Early Bird satellite goes into commercial service
1965 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Golf Invitational
1965 - Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
1966 - Pulitzer prize awarded Arthur M Schlesinger Jr (Thousand Days)
1967 - Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2
1968 - 1st performance of Roger Sessions' 8th Symphony
1968 - 22nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
1968 - Gold reaches then record high ($39.35 per ounce) in London
1968 - Israeli television begins transmitting
1969 - British liner Queen Elizabeth II leaves on maiden voyage to NY
1970 - 1st woman jockey at Kentucky Derby (Diane Crump)
1970 - 96th Kentucky Derby: Mike Manganello on Dust Commander wins 2:03.4
1970 - KOAI (now KNAZ) TV channel 2 in Flagstaff, AZ (NBC) 1st broadcast
1971 - Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
1972 - Electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine. 126 die (Kellogg Idaho)
1972 - Lt General Vernon A Walters, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
1972 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1974 - Former VP Spiro Agnew disbarred
1975 - Apple records closes down
1976 - Joanne Carner wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
1977 - "King & I" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 719 performances
1978 - NBA championship: Portland Trailblazers win in 4 games
1979 - "Quadrophenia" premieres in London
1979 - -May 10] Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) begins nonstop ride, cycling 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1979 - 14th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell
1980 - Joseph Doherty & 3 other IRA men arrested for murder
1980 - Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in S Africa
1980 - Pope John Paul II begins African tour
1980 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1981 - 107th Kentucky Derby: Jorge Velasquez on Pleasant Colony wins in 2:02
1981 - Radio Shack re-releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3 with 2 fixes
1982 - Beth Daniel wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
1982 - Falklands War: Argentine cruiser General Belgrano sunk by British submarine Conqueror, killing more than 350 men
1983 - 6.7 earthquake injures 487 in Coalinga Calif
1984 - "Sunday in the Park with George" opens at Booth NYC for 604 perfs
1984 - Indians' Andre Thornton ties record for most walks (6 in 16 inn)
1984 - Mattingly's single breaks up Lamarr Hoyt's perfect game bid
1984 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1985 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1986 - Dynamo Kiev wins 26th Europe Cup II
1986 - Transportation Expo 86 opens in Vancouver, BC
1987 - 113th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 2:03.4
1988 - Balt Orioles sign a 15 year lease to remain in Balt & get a new park
1988 - David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow," premieres in NYC
1988 - Jackson Pollock's "Search" sold for $4,800,000
1988 - Reds manager Pete Rose is suspended for 30 days for pushing an ump
1990 - "Some Americans Abroad" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 62 perfs
1990 - South Africa & African National Congress open talks to end apartheid
1991 - Pope John Paul II's encyclical on Centesimus annus
1992 - "High Rollers Social & Pleasure Club" opens at H Hayes NYC 14 perfs
1992 - 118th Kentucky Derby: Pat Day aboard Lil E Tee wins in 2:03
1992 - Yugoslav Army seize Bosnian Pres Alija Izetbegovic
1993 - "5 Guys Named Moe" closes at Eugene O'Neill NYC after 445 perfs
1993 - "Candida" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances
1993 - "Redwood Curtain" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 40 perfs
1993 - "Tango Passion" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 5 performances
1993 - Kristi Albers wins Sprint Golf Classic
1993 - Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Sprint Senior Challenge Golf Tournament
1994 - Bus crashes into a tree at Gdansk Poland, 30 killed
1994 - Dr Kervokian found innocent on assisting suicides
1994 - Michael Bolton found plagurized Isley Bros "Love is Wonderful Thing"
1994 - in Poland bus disaster 32 people died.
1995 - "Hamlet" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 121 performances
1995 - Expos bat out of order against Mets in 6th inning
1995 - Serb missiles exploded in the heart of Zagreb, killing six
1997 - Donald Trump & Marla Maples announce they are separating
1997 - Mercury Mail announces its 1 millionth internet subscriber
1997 - Police arrest transsexual hooker Atisone Seiuli with Eddie Murphy
1997 - Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders
1998 - 124th Kentucky Derby
1998 - The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy.
1999 - Panamanian election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama.
2000 - Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Apeldoorn and the other in Ottawa on May 11, 2000. Symbolically linking both Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout World War II.
2000 - President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.
2002 - Marad massacre of eight Hindus near Palakkad in Kerala.
2004 - Yelwa massacre of more than 630 nomad Muslims by Christians in Nigeria.
2008 - Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless.