May 2 events in history

1194 King Richard I of England gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter
1230 William de Braose is hanged by Prince Llywelyn the Great
1335 Otto the Merry, Duke of Austria, becomes Duke of Carinthia
1536 Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft
1559 John Knox returns from exile to Scotland to become the leader of the nascent Scottish Reformation
1568 Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle
1611 The King James Bible is published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker
1670 King Charles II of England grants a permanent charter to the Hudson's Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America
1672 John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March
1808 Outbreak of the Peninsular War: The people of Madrid rise up in rebellion against French occupation. Francisco de Goya later memorializes this event in his painting The Second of May 1808
1816 Marriage of Léopold of Saxe-Coburg and Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales
1829 After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of HMS Challenger, declares the Swan River Colony in Australia
1863 American Civil War: Stonewall Jackson is wounded by friendly fire while returning to camp after reconnoitering during the Battle of Chancellorsville. He succumbs to pneumonia eight days later
1866 Peruvian defenders fight off the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao
1876 The April Uprising breaks out in Bulgaria
1879 The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party is founded in Casa Labra Pub (city of Madrid) by the historical Spanish workers' leader Pablo Iglesias
1885 Good Housekeeping magazine goes on sale for the first time
1885 Cree and Assiniboine warriors win the Battle of Cut Knife, their largest victory over Canadian forces during the North-West Rebellion
1885 The Congo Free State is established by King Léopold II of Belgium
1889 Menelik II, Emperor of Ethiopia, signs a treaty of amity with Italy, giving Italy control over Eritrea
1906 Closing ceremony of the Intercalated Games in Athens, Greece
1918 General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware
1920 The first game of the Negro National League baseball is played in Indianapolis
1932 Comedian Jack Benny's radio show airs for the first time
1933 Gleichschaltung: Adolf Hitler bans trade unions
1941 Following the coup d'état against Iraq Crown Prince 'Abd al-Ilah earlier that year, the United Kingdom launches the Anglo-Iraqi War to restore him to power
1945 World War II: Fall of Berlin: The Soviet Union announces the capture of Berlin and Soviet soldiers hoist their red flag over the Reichstag building
1945 World War II: Italian Campaign – General Heinrich von Vietinghoff signs the official instrument of surrender of all Wehrmacht forces in Italy
1945 World War II: The US 82nd Airborne Division liberates Wöbbelin concentration camp finding 1000 dead prisoners, most of whom starved to death
1946 The "Battle of Alcatraz" takes place; two guards and three inmates are killed
1952 The world's first ever jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1 makes its maiden flight, from London to Johannesburg
1955 Tennessee Williams wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
1963 Berthold Seliger launches a rocket with three stages and a maximum flight altitude of more than 100 kilometres near Cuxhaven. It is the only sounding rocket developed in Germany
1964 Vietnam War: An explosion sinks the USS Card while it is docked at Saigon. Viet Cong forces are suspected of placing a bomb on the ship. She is raised and returned to service less than seven months later
1964 First ascent of Shishapangma the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and the lowest of the Eight-thousanders
1969 The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departs on her maiden voyage to New York City
1972 In the early morning hours a fire breaks out at the Sunshine Mine located between Kellogg and Wallace, ID, killing 91 workers
1982 Falklands War: The British nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sinks the Argentine cruiser ARA General Belgrano
1986 The Chernobyl Disaster: The City of Chernobyl is evacuated six days after the disaster
1989 Hungary begins dismantling its border fence with Austria, which allows a number of East Germans to defect
1994 A bus crashes in Gdańsk, Poland killing 32 people
1995 During the Croatian War of Independence, Serb forces fire cluster bombs at Zagreb, killing seven and wounding over 175 civilians
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 President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military
2004 Yelwa massacre ended. It began on 4 February 2004 when armed Muslims attacked the Christians of Yelwa killing more than 78 Christians including at least 48 who were worshipping inside a church compound. More than 630 nomad Muslims were killed by Christians in Nigeria
2008 Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Burma killing over 138,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless
2008 Chaitén Volcano begins erupting in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people
2011 Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man is killed by the United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan
2011 An E. coli outbreak strikes Europe, mostly in Germany, leaving more than 30 people dead and many others sick from the bacteria outbreak