|Clanton, Alabama's Clay Carroll.|
May 2, 1536 – Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, was arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft.
May 2, 1611 – The King James Bible was published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker.
May 2, 1670 – King Charles II of England granted a permanent charter to the Hudson's Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America.
May 2, 1692 – In connection with the Salem witchcraft trials, John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin examined Sarah Morey, Lyndia Dustin, Susannah Martin and Dorcas Hoar.
May 2, 1740 - Elias Boudinot was born in Philadelphia, Pa. He served as the president of the Continental Congress from 1782 to 1783 and signed the Treat of Paris.
May 2, 1776 - France and Spain agreed to donate arms to American rebels fighting the British.
May 2, 1777 - General David Wooster died from an injury from a musket ball he had received.
May 2, 1792 - The First Militia Act was passed by Congress. The act provided for the President of the United States to take command of the state militias in times of imminent invasion or insurrection.
May 2, 1829 – After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of HMS Challenger, declared the Swan River Colony in Australia.
May 2, 1859 – Playwright and author Jerome K. Jerome was born in Walsall, England. He's best known for his play “Three Men in a Boat” and his book “Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow” (1886).
May 2, 1861 – Pinckney D. Bowles, while stationed in Yorktown, Va., was re-elected as a captain in the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment.
May 2, 1861 – While stationed in Washington, D.C., George Washington Custis Lee, the son of Robert E. Lee, resigned his U.S. Army commission, about two weeks after his father resigned from the U.S. Army, and became a captain in the Confederate Army, assisting in the construction of fortifications for Richmond, Virginia.
May 2, 1862 - Confederate forces evacuated Yorktown.
May 2, 1863 - Union Colonel Benjamin Grierson ended his raid when he and his men rode into Union occupied Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The raid had begun on April 17.
May 2, 1863 - Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson administered a devastating defeat to the Army of the Potomac under General Joseph Hooker at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Va. Jackson was also accidentally shot by his own men while returning to camp after reconnoitering during the battle and later died from pneumonia eight days later.
May 2, 1863 - Sixteen-year-old Emma Sansom became a Confederate heroine when she helped Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest cross Black Creek near Gadsden, Ala. as he pursued Union forces led by Col. A.D. Streight.
May 2, 1865 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson offered a $100,000 reward for the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
May 2, 1876 - Ross Barnes hit the first home run in the National League.
May 2, 1885 – Good Housekeeping magazine went on sale for the first time, offering housekeeping tips, parenting advice, product reviews and fiction.
May 2, 1887 – Pro Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman Eddie Collins was born in Millerton, N.Y. He went on to play for the Philadelphia Athletics and the Chicago White Sox. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939.
May 2, 1890 - The Oklahoma Territory was organized.
May 2, 1903 – Dr. Benjamin Spock was born in New Haven, Conn. He wrote “The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care” (1946).
May 2, 1905 - Author Annie Vaughan Weaver was born in Selma, Ala.
May 2, 1920 - The first game of the National Negro Baseball League was played in Indianapolis.
May 2, 1923 - Walter Johnson pitched his 100th shutout.
May 2, 1925 - Alabama author Nancy Huddleston Packer was born in Washington, D.C.
May 2, 1930 - The first-ever night game in professional baseball took place on this day when a Des Moines, Iowa team hosted Wichita for a Western League game.
May 2, 1933 - Although accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland’s Loch Ness date back 1,500 years, the modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster was born when a sighting made local news on this day. The newspaper Inverness Courier related an account of a local couple who claimed to have seen “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface.” The story of the “monster” (a moniker chosen by the Courier editor) became a media phenomenon, with London newspapers sending correspondents to Scotland and a circus offering a 20,000 pound sterling reward for capture of the beast.
May 22, 1933 - Hitler banned trade unions in Germany.
May 2, 1936 – Sam G. Lowrey became Burnt Corn, Alabama’s postmaster, receiving the job after the post office there was reestablished after being discontinued for 10 years.
May 2, 1939 - Lou Gehrig set a new Major League Baseball record when he played in his 2,130th game. The streak began on June 1, 1925.
May 2, 1941 – Major League Baseball pitcher Clay Carroll was born in Clanton, Ala. He went on to play for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, the Cincinnati Reds, the Chicago White Sox, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
May 2, 1952 – Alfred Robert “Son” Boulware Jr., believed by many to be the inspiration for Harper Lee’s Boo Radley, passed away from tuberculosis at the age of 41. He is buried in Monroeville, Alabama’s Pineville Cemetery.
May 2, 1954 - Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals set a new major league record when he hit five home runs against the New York Giants.
May 2, 1955 – Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”
May 2, 1958 - The New York Yankees threatened to broadcast their games nationwide if the National League went ahead with plans to broadcast their games into New York.
May 2, 1974 - The filming of "Jaws" began in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
May 2, 1976 – Empire, Ala. native Daniel Robert “Dan” Bankhead, the first black pitcher in Major League Baseball, passed away from cancer at the age of 55 at the Veterans Administration hospital in Houston, Texas.
May 2, 1981 – The Evergreen Junior Baseball League held player tryouts at Evergreen Recreational Park in Evergreen, Ala.
May 2, 1987 – First ever Castleberry Strawberry Festival held in downtown Castleberry, Ala.
May 2, 1988 - The Baltimore Orioles signed a 15-year lease to remain in Baltimore and get a new park.
May 2, 1988 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds was suspended for 30 games for pushing an umpire.
May 2, 1993 - Authorities said that they had recovered the remains of David Koresh from the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas.
May 2, 2000 – President Bill Clinton announced that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.
May 2, 2002 - Mike Cameron of the Seattle Mariners hit four home runs against the Chicago White Sox.
May 2, 2003 - The Harper Lee Award for Alabama's Distinguished Writer was given to Alabama author Rodney Jones at the Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville, Ala.
May 2, 2007 - Evergreen Medical Center held its annual Health Fair in the parking lot of the hospital in Evergreen, Ala.
May 2, 2008 - The Harper Lee Award for Alabama's Distinguished Writer was given to Alabama author Rebecca Gilman at the Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville, Ala.
May 2, 2009 - The Dallas Cowboys practice bubble collapsed during a storm during a practice. At the time, 27 players were working out. Almost all were drafted last weekend or signed as undrafted rookies. Twelve people were injured.
May 2, 2011 – Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man was killed by the United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.