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Spain (Madrid): Dos de Mayo/Independence Day
(Commemorates the 6-Year War for Freedom that commenced 5/2/1808 against Napoleon)
Spain France U.S. Department of State Madrid Fiestas
1729 Catherine the Great (Prussian-born Empress of Russia: 1762-96) Catherine the Great
1806 Theodor Herzl (Hungarian-born Zionist Journalist) Hungarian Political and Social Leaders Judaism Journalism Writer's Almanac Biography.com
1810 Pope Leo XIII (Italian-born Catholic Pope) Italian Political and Social Leaders Catholicism
1815 David Shelby Walker (Kentucky-born Eighth Governor of Florida: 1865-1868) Kentucky Political and Social Leaders Florida Political and Social Leaders Politics Florida Historical Society
1838 Albion Winegar Tourgée (Ohio-born Jurist, Civil Rights Advocate and Novelist) Ohio Political and Social Leaders Law Civil Rights/Human Rights American Authors African American Registry
1850 James Scott McCallum (Governor of Wisconsin) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Historical Society
1853 Antonio Maura (Spanish Statesman; Prime Minister Five Times between 1903 and 1922) Spanish Political and Social Leaders
1870 William J. Seymour (Louisiana-born African-American Pentecostal Religious Leader) Louisiana Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1875 Owen J. Roberts (Pennsylvania-born Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court) Pennsylvania Political and Social Leaders United States Supreme Court Oyez
1879 James F. Byrnes (South Carolina-born Statesman, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court) James F. Byrnes United States Supreme Court The Library of Congress Oyez
Nannie Burroughs (Virginia-born African-American Educator, Rights Activist, Feminist, and Religious Leader) Virginia Political and Social Leaders Human Rights/Civil Rights Women Religious Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1892 Baron Manfred Von Richthofen (German World War I Flying Ace) Manfred Von Richthofen Aviation World War I
1902 William Taylor (Virginia-born Theologian and Missionary; Namesake of Taylor University in Upland, Indiana) Virginia Political and Social Leaders Theologians Taylor University Concordia
1903 Benjamin Spock (Connecticut-born Pediatrician; Author of The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care) Benjamin Spock Child Advocacy
1931 Cruz Reynoso (California-born Hispanic Rights Activist) Cruz Reynoso Human Rights/Civil Rights Law and Legal Resources Latin-American Studies
1935 Hussein ibn Talal, King of Jordan Jordan
1954 Bulelani Ngcuka (South African Political Activist, African National Congress) South African Political and Social Leaders South African History
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1900 Waitman T. Willey (U.S. Senator Instrumental in the Creation of West Virginia) Virginia Political and Social Leaders West Virginia Political and Social Leaders United States Senate American Civil War West Virgnia Archives
1957 Joe McCarthy (Wisconsin-born U.S. Senator Responsible for the "Red Scare" During the Cold War Joe McCarthy United States Senate McCarthyism The History Channel Wisconsin Historical Society
1972 J Edgar Hoover (Washington, D.C.-born First Director of the FBI) Washington, D.C. Political & Social Leaders FBI The History Channel
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1507 Martin Luther Celebrates His First Mass and Is Consecrated as a Priest Martin Luther Catholicism Concordia
1536 King Henry VIII Has Anne Boleyn Imprisoned in the Tower of London English History British Monarchy King's College Greenwich Guide
1670 Charles II of England Signs Hudson Bay Company Charter English History Canada Economics The History Channel SalemOregon.com
1808 Citizens of Madrid Revolt Against French Occupation: 3,000 Die Spain France Death Georgia College & State University The History Channel
1846 Abraham Lincoln Is Nominated as the Whig Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Illinois Political and Social Leaders U.S. House of Representatives Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Papers
1861 President Lincoln Reviews the Rhode Island Marine Artillery Rhode Island Military Figures Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Papers
1863 Confederates Outflank Union to Win Battle of Chancellorsville Virginia Battle of Chancellorsville The History Channel
Stonewall Jackson Mortally Wounded by His Own Troops at Chancellorsville Stonewall Jackson Virginia Battle of Chancellorsville The History Channel Virginia  Historical Society
President Lincoln Again Advises the Governor of Pennsylvania It Is Unlikely His State Will Be Attacked Pennsylvania President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Papers
1864 Jefferson Davis Delivers "State of the Confederacy" Address to the Congress of the Confederate States Jefferson Davis Civil War Rice University
1865 U.S. Offers $100,000 Reward for Capture of Jefferson Davis Jefferson Davis Andrew Johnson American Civil War University of Georgia
1935 Faisal II Installed as the Last King of Iraq Iraq Iraq Museum International
1942 Off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, the German U-boat 402 Torpedoes and Sinks the USS Cythera, Killing 66 of 68 Crew Members Germany Cape Hatteras, North Carolina Naval Military History Death World War II U.S. Navy
1945 Soviet Troops Take Control of Berlin Soviet Union Berlin World War II New York Times
German Troops Surrender to Allies in Italy Italy Nazi Germany World War II The History Channel
1952 World's First Jet Airliner Begins Its Maiden Flight from London to Johannesburg London, England Johannesburg, South Africa Aviation History Historic Firsts BBC
1953 Hussein I Installed as King of Jordan Jordan Virtual Jewish Library
1963 South Africa's General Law Amendment Act No 37Allows Reduces Rights of Political Prisoners South African Government Law South African History
1969 Ocean Liner Queen Elizabeth 2 Departs on Its Maiden Voyage to New York English History Naval History Cunard
1972 U.S. Performs Underground Nuclear Test at Nevada Site Nevada Nuclear Weapons Geoscience Australia
1980 U.S. Performs Underground Nuclear Test at Nevada Site Nevada Nuclear Weapons Geoscience Australia
1982 British Submarine Sinks Argentine Cruiser: 350 Die Great Britain Argentina Naval History BBC
1984 U.S. Conducts Underground Nuclear Test at Nevada Site Nevada Nuclear Weapons Geoscience Australia
1985 U.S. Conducts Underground Nuclear Test at Nevada Site Nevada Nuclear Weapons Geoscience Australia
1992 Richard von Weizsaeker, the President of Germany, Visits Houston, Texas German Poltical and Social Leaders Houston, Texas Houston, Texas Texas State Historical Association
Nobel Peace Laureate and Guatemalan Advocate for Indian Rights, Rigoberta Menchú, Visits Minnesota as a Guest of the Minneapolis American Indian Center Guatemalan Political and Social Leaders Minneapolis, Minnesota Native-American Heritage Human Rights/Civil Rights 1992 Nobel Laureate for Peace Minneapolis American Indian Center Minnesota Historical Society
1994 Nelson Mandela Claims Victory in South Africa's First Democratic Elections. South Africa Nelson Mandela Elections Historic Firsts New York Times
1997 Labour Party's Tony Blair Becomes Prime Minister of Britain British History BBC
2011 United States Special Forces Kill Terrorist Leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan Osama bin Laden Pakistan Terrorism CNN

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