Today in History: May 2

Today in History: May 2

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1598

Henry IV signs Treaty of Vervins, ending Spain's interference in France.

1670

The Hudson Bay Company is founded.

1748

Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle ends the War of Devolution in France.

1776

France and Spain agree to donate arms to American rebels fighting the British.

1797

A mutiny in the British navy spreads from Spithead to the rest of the fleet.

1798

The black General Toussaint Louverture forces British troops to agree to evacuate the port of Santo Domingo.

1808

The citizens of Madrid rise up against Napoleon.

1813

Napoleon defeats a Russian and Prussian army at Grossgorschen.

1863

Stonewall Jackson smashes Joseph Hooker's flank at Chancellorsville, Virginia.

1865

President Andrew Johnson offers a $100,000 reward for the capture of the Confederate President

1885

King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo Free State.

1890

The Territory of Oklahoma is created.

1919

The first U.S. air passenger service starts.

1923

Lieutenants Oakley Kelly and John Macready take off from New York for the West Coast on what will become the first successful nonstop transcontinental flight.

1941

Hostilities break out between British forces in Iraq and that country's pro-German faction.

1942

Admiral Chester J. Nimitz, convinced that the Japanese will attack Midway Island, visits the island to review its readiness.

1945

Russian forces take Berlin after 12 days of fierce house-to-house fighting.

1946

Prisoners revolt at California's Alcatraz prison.

1968

The U.S. Army attacks Nhi Ha in South Vietnam and begins a fourteen-day battle to wrestle it away from Vietnamese Communists.

1970

Student anti-war protesters at Ohio's Kent State University burn down the campus ROTC building. The National Guard takes control of campus.