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This Day in History – May 2, 2011




1536 King Henry VIII accused Anna Boleyn of adultery & incest 1670 King Charles II charters Hudson Bay Company 1780 William Herschel discovers 1st binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris 1865 President Johnson offers $100,000 reward for capture of Jefferson Davis 1878 US stops minting 20¢ coin 1885 “Good Housekeeping” magazine is 1st published 1887 Hannibal W Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film 1890 Territory of Oklahoma created 1902 The 1st science fiction film, “A Trip To The Moon”, is released 1905 French newspapers publish lists of Jules Vernes unpublished work 1916 US President Wilson signs Harrison Drug Act 1919 1st US air passenger service starts 1920 1st game of National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis 1933 In Germany, Adolf Hitler bans trade unions 1938 Ella Fitzgerald records “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” 1939 Lou Gehrig ends 2,130 consecutive game streak, Yankees beat Tigers 22-2 1946 Prisoners revolt at Alcatraz, 5 die 1956 US Methodist church disallows race separation 1958 Yankees threaten to broadcast games nationwide if National League goes ahead with plans to broadcast, games into NYC 1980 Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in Wall (Part II)” is banned in South Africa 1980 Pope John Paul II begins African tour 1981 Radio Shack re-releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3 with 2 fixes 1988 Reds manager Pete Rose is suspended for 30 days for pushing an umpire 1994 Dr Kevokian found innocent on assisting suicides 1994 Michael Bolton found to have plagiarized Isley Brothers “Love is Wonderful Thing” 1995 Expos bat out of order against Mets in 6th inning 1997 Donald Trump & Marla Maples announce they are separating 1997 Mercury Mail announces its 1 millionth internet subscriber 1997 Police arrest transsexual hooker Atisone Seiuli with Eddie Murphy 1997 Tony Blair is appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 2000 Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the U.S. military. 2008 Marvel Entertainment releases the film Iron Man to theaters in the USA. Marvel produced the film itself, at a cost of about US$150 million plus US$75 million in marketing. 2009 The Pilgrim’s Plunge water ride opens at Holiday World in Indiana, USA, the world’s largest water ride drop at 131 feet high and 45-degree slope.]]]]> ]]>

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