What Happened on May 1

Historical Events

  • 1707 Acts of Union comes into force, uniting England and Scotland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • 1753 Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.
  • 1841 First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California
  • 1886 US general strike for 8-hour working day begins
  • 1898 George Dewey commands "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley" as US route Spanish fleet at Manila
  • 1931 Empire State Building opens in New York City
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Did You Know?

"Penny Blacks", first adhesive postage stamps issued by Great Britain

On May 1, 1840

Famous Weddings

  • 1576 Stefan Batory, the reigning Prince of Transylvania, marries Anna Jagiellon and they become the co-rulers of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • 1840 Women's rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (24) weds fellow abolitionist Henry Brewster Stanton (34)
  • 1850 Soldier William Tecumseh Sherman (30) weds Eleanor Boyle Ewing in Washington, D.C.
  • 1881 Physiologist Ivan Pavlov (32) weds Seraphima Karchevskaya
  • 1884 "Poems of Passion" author Ella Wheeler Wilcox (33) weds Robert M. Wilcox in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Famous Divorces

  • 1978 Actress and model Bianca Jagger files for divorce from Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger after 7 years of marriage on the grounds of his adultery with model Jerry Hall
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