1863: After surveying the Battle of Chancellorsville, General Stonewall Jackson is wounded by friendly fire. Eight days later, he’ll succumb to pneumonia.
1879: Pablo Iglesias founds the Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party in Madrid.
1885: Canadian forces are defeated by Assiniboine and Cree Native American warriors at the Battle of Cut Knife during the North West Rebellion.
1885: King Léopold II of Belgium founds the Congo Free State.
1918: Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware is acquired by General Motors.
1920: The Negro National Baseball League plays its first game in Indianapolis, Indiania.
1933: During the process of Gleichschaltung, trade unions are banned by Adolf Hitler.
1945: Berlin falls to Soviet forces during World War II.
1945: Wehrmacht forces in Italy officially surrender when General Heinrich von Vietinghoff signs a declaration of surrender during WWII.
1945: Wöbbelin Concentration Camp is liberated by the United States 82nd Airborne Division during World War II; Upon taking the camp, American airborne discover over 1,000 dead prisoners – the majority of which were starved to death.
1955: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof wins Tennessee Williams the Pulitzer Prize for Drama on this day.
1964: The USS Card is sunk by a bomb planted by a NVA frogman during the Vietnam War. The ship is raised and returned to service in under 7 months.
1986: 6-days after the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, the city of Chernobyl is finally evacuated.
1994: 32 people are killed when a bus crashes in Gdansk, Poland.
Famous Birthdays on May 2
Russian Catherine the Great is born in 1729.
Irish-English 2nd Earl of Shelburne and Prime Minister of the U.K., William Petty is born in 1737.
Spanish composer Vicente Martín y Soler is born in 1754.
German chemist and physicist, Heinrich Gustav Magnus is born in 1802.
Canadian-American engineer, Elijah McCoy is born in 1843.
American engineer and author, E.E. Smith is born in 1890.
German captain and pilot Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron) is born in 1892.
American-Canadian wrestler and actor, Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) is born in 1972.