Today in HisStory – May 2

Martin Luther became a priest. (1507)

Anne Boleyn, second wife of England’s King Henry VIII, was arrested and taken to the Tower of London. (1536)

King Charles II gave a royal charter to the Hudson’s Bay Company. (1670)

Missionary Hans Egede sailed to Greenland. (1721)

American Revolutionary War: France and Spain agreed to give weapons to American rebels. (1776)

William Herschel discovered the first binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris. (1780)

Architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant was promoted by brevet to Major of Engineers in recognition of his service to American liberty. (1783)

William Taylor, evangelist, circuit rider, and missionary, was born. (1821)

US Civil War: General Stonewall Jackson attacked Chancellorsville and was wounded by his own men. (1863)

US Civil War: US President Andrew Johnson offered $100,000 reward for the capture of Jefferson Davis. (1865)

Good Housekeeping Magazine was first published. (1885)

Territory of Oklahoma was created. (1890)

US president Woodrow Wilson signed the Harrison Drug Act. (1916)

U.S. Supreme Court’s Buck v. Bell permitted forced sterilizations of various “unfits” by states’ authorities where such surgeries were practiced for eugenic reasons. (1927)

FCC approved regular scheduled commercial TV broadcasts to begin July 1. (1941)

WW2: Battle of Berlin ended as Soviet army took Berlin. General Weidling surrendered. (1945)

WW2: More than 1,000,000 German soldiers officially surrendered to the Western Allies in Italy and Austria. (1945)

The General Conference of the Methodist Church, held in Minneapolis, demanded the abolishment of racial segregation in all Methodist churches. (1956)

J. Edgar Hoover, FBI director for almost 5 decades, died. (1972)

Former US Vice President Spiro Agnew was disbarred. (1974)

Dr. Kevorkian was found innocent on assisting suicides. (1994)

Donald Trump and Marla Maples announced they were separating. (1997)

US President Bill Clinton announced that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military. (2000)

Cyclone Nargis made landfall in Myanmar, killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless. (2008)

Osama Bin Laden was killed by United States special forces. (2011)


About Tamera Lynn Kraft

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest.
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