On This Day in
American History:
May 2

“First Connecticut battery, near Fredericksburg”

- May 2, 1863

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“On the 2d day of May, 1865, President Johnson 
had issued a proclamation, offering a reward of one hundred thousand dollars for the arrest of Jefferson Davis...”

From: The capture of Jefferson Davis by Henry Harnden, published in 1898 

Image: U.S. President Andrew Johnson via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

Just two years after ascending the throne, when he was just 21 years old on May 2, 1776, King Louis XVI of France granted one million livres (French currency at the time) to provide weapons and military supplies to support the American Revolution. 

Close to 17 years later King Louis XVI of France was executed by guillotine during his kingdom’s own revolution.

Image of King Louis XVI of France via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

On May 2, 1890 the Oklahoma Territory was established.

Image of a map of Indian and Oklahoma Territories from 1892 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

Inventor Elijah McCoy, born May 2, 1843 in Canada to parents who had escaped from slavery, settled in Ypsilanti, Michigan. A mechanical engineer, he designed and patented an automatic oiler widely used to lubricate steam engines. He also patented an improved lawn sprinkler and ironing board. The National Inventors Hall of Fame credits his name as the basis of the term “the real McCoy.”

Image from Ypsilanti Historical Society, CCA-SA 4.0 International via Wikimedia Commons

On May 2, 1954, at newly named Busch Stadium (formerly called Sportsman’s Park just the year prior) Stan Musial hit 5 home runs during a double header. 

Image of Stan Musial from 1948 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

On May 2, 1932, Jack Benny’s very own radio program debuted on NBC Radio 

Image: Jack Benny in 1933 by NBC photo via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

Born May 2, 1929, guitarist Fred Lincoln “Link” Wray was a true musical innovator who used distortion to get a growling, gritty tone.  Link is credited with developing that rock staple, the “power chord.” Some DJs refused to play his 1958 single “Rumble,” concerned it would inspire young listeners to rumble, or gang fight.

Image by Eric Frommer via Wikimedia Commons, CCA-SA 2.0 Generic

Redemption Rock in Princeton, Massachusetts which was near the spot where a ransom was paid to Native Americans for the release of Puritan woman Mary Rowlandson on May 2, 1676.

Image via Wikipedia, CC BY SA 2.5

American physician Jesse William Lazear was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 2, 1866.

He validated that yellow fever was passed via mosquitoes through experiments that allowed the disease carrying insects to feed on volunteers.
Sadly, Lazear too was bitten and did not recover. He was only 34 and he left behind a wife and two children. 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

The Pennsylvania State Police
was founded on
May 2, 1905

Image of John Charles Groome, the first Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

Lesley Gore was born on May 2, 1946 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Image from 1964, about a year after she released her hit song "It’s My Party” from her debut studio album "I'll Cry If I Want To” in 1963. 
via Alamy

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