On This Day in History, May 2

May 2 is World Tuna Day. The day highlights the importance of managing fish stocks to maintain sustainability. So prepare a meal with Tuna today!

Spare a few minutes to read this highlight of historical events of this day, May 2.

  • 1808-The citizens of Madrid rose up against Napoleon.
  • 1865-U.S. President Andrew Johnson offered a $100,000 reward for the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
  • 1885-The magazine “Good Housekeeping” was first published.
  • 1922-WBAP-AM began broadcasting in north Texas.
  • 1933-Hitler banned trade unions in Germany.
  • 1936-Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and family fled Abyssinia.
  • 1946-Prisoners revolted at California’s Alcatraz prison
  • 1952-The jet age began with the first scheduled flight of the De Havilland Comet 1.
  • 1957-Gangster Frank Costello escaped an assassination attempt made by rival mobsters.
  • 1969-The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 made its maiden voyage.
  • 1974-The filming of “Jaws” began in Martha’s Vineyard, MA.
  • 1974-Former US Vice President Spiro Agnew was disbarred.
  • 1982-The British Royal Navy sank the Argentinian cruiser General Belgrano.
  • 1989-The Iron Curtain began to crumble as Hungary dismantled its border fence.
  • 1993-At Washington’s National Gallery of Art, an exhibit of 80 paintings from the collection of Dr. Albert C. Barnes opened.
  • 1994-Nelson Mandela claimed victory after South Africa’s first democratic elections.
  • 1997-Tony Blair became British Prime Minister, ending 18 years of Conservative Party rule.
  • 1999-John Elway announced his retirement from the NFL
  • 2002-It was reported that Phyllis Diller had retired from touring.
  • 2008-First film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe released “Iron Man” directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark.

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