On this day…2nd May

1194 – King Richard I of England gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter.

1536 – Anne Boleyn is arrested and taken to the Tower of London.

1780 – William Herschel discovers the first binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris.

1829 – After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of HMS Challenger, declares the Swan River Colony in Western Australia.

Captain Charles Fremantle

1833 – Russian Tsar Nicholas I bans the public sale of serfs.

1885 – ‘Good Housekeeping’ magazine is first published.

1887 – Hannibal Goodwin patents the celluloid photographic film (used in Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope).

1906 – Tsar Nicholas II of Russia dismisses his moderate Prime Minister Witte, and appoints Ivan Goremykin, a conservative beaurocrat.

1929 – Billie Holiday (14) and her mother are arrested for prostitution following a raid of a brothel in Harlem.

1936 – Sergei Prokofiev’s musical ‘Peter and the Wolf’ premieres in Moscow.

1936 – Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and family flee Abyssinia.

1946 – The ‘Battle of Alcatraz’ takes place, killing two guards and three inmates.

1946 – ‘The Postman Always Rings Twice’ film based on the novel by James M. Cain, directed by Tay Garnett, and starring Lana Turner and John Garfield is released.

1949 – Arthur Miller wins the Pulitzer Prize for ‘Death of a Salesman’.

1968 – Israeli television begins transmitting.

1979 – ‘Quadrophenia’ premieres in London.

1980 – Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ is banned in South Africa.

1982 – Falklands War: Argentine cruise General Belgrano is sunk by British submarine Conqueror, killing more than 350 men.

1988 – Jackson Pollock’s ‘Search’ is sold for $4,800,000.

1997 – Police arrest trans-sexual prostitute Atisone Seiuli with Eddie Murphy.

2011 – Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and FBI’s most wanted man is killed by US Special Forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.


Join our mailing list to receive the latest news directly in your email inbox.