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- May 2
- 1878 – William Kissam Vanderbilt II (pictured), heir to Cornelius Vanderbilt and president of the New York Central system, is born (d. 1944).
- 1969 – Donald Gordon, president of Canadian National Railway 1950-1966, dies (b. 1901).
- 2002 – An eastbound Canadian National train collides with a trailer near Firmdale, Manitoba, Canada; about 20 cars carrying plastic pellets, benzene, glycol and hexane catch fire, forcing the evacuation of nearly 200 local residents.