Lost and Found – May 2nd Edition

What to remember about May 2nd…

  • 1670  King Charles II of England grants permanent charter to Hudson’s Bay Company; virtual monopoly given to French explorers who opened the lucrative North American fur trade in eastern Canada
  • 1740  Founding Father, President of the Continental Congress, and member of the House of Representatives Elias Boudinot is born (d. 1821)
  • 1863  Confederate general Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson is shot and wounded by friendly fire at Battle of Chancellorsville
  • 1918  General Motors Corporation buys Chevrolet Motor Company
  • 1932  Comedian Jack Benny’s 1st show debuted on NBC Radio
  • 1945  Over 1 million German troops surrender in Italy while city of Berlin surrenders to advancing Red Army
  • 1964  Vietcong frogmen plant charges on USNS Card; explosion sinks vessel in Saigon harbor; ship later raised and returned to service
  • 1970  ROTC building is set ablaze during the ongoing anti-war demonstrations and riots at Kent State University
  • 1972  Founding director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) J. Edgar Hoover dies after serving 48 years in that post (b. 1895)
  • 2000  President Bill Clinton announces that accurate Global Positioning System (GPS) data would no longer be restricted to the military
  • 2004  One of several improvised explosive devices (IED) using mustard gas artillery shell is discovered near Baghdad Airport

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