Historical Events on May 1 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 328 of 328

  • 1961 Tanganyika granted full internal self-government by Britain
  • 1962 1st French underground nuclear experiment in the Sahara
  • 1962 Bo Belinsky pitches a no-hitter, in his 4th start
  • 1962 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • 1962 JFK authorizes Area Redevelopment Act (ARA)
  • 1963 1st American (James Whittaker) conquers Mount Everest
  • 1963 Indonesia takes control of Irian Jaya (west New Guinea) from Neth
  • 1964 1st BASIC program runs on a computer (Dartmouth)
  • 1965 91st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker on Lucky Debonair wins in 2:01.2
  • 1965 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 3
  • 1965 USSR launches Luna 5; later impacts on Moon
  • 1965 Battle of Dong-Yin, a naval conflict between ROC and PRC, takes place.
  • 1966 Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)
  • 1966 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
  • 1966 Radio RSA, South Africa begins shortwave transmitting
  • 1966 US troops shooting targets in Cambodia
  • 1967 Anastasio Somoza Debayle becomes President of Nicaragua
  • 1967 Jelle Zijlstra becomes president of Netherlands Bank
  • 1967 Pulitzer prize awarded to Bernard Malamud (Fixer)
  • 1968 "Ben Franklin in Paris" closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 215 performances
  • 1968 Phillies J Boozer is ejected for throwing spitballs during his warmup
  • 1969 43 Unification church couples wed in NYC
  • 1969 Houston Don Wilson 2nd no-hitter beats Cincinnati Reds, 4-0
  • 1969 Leonard Tose buys NFL Philadelphia Eagles for $16,155,000
  • 1969 Pirate Radio Station 259 (England/France) begins transmitting
  • 1969 James Chichester-Clark is elected as leader of the Unionist party, succeededing Terence O'Neill as the Northern Ireland Prime Minister
  • 1971 97th Kentucky Derby: Gustavo Avila on Canonero II wins in 2:03.2
  • 1971 Amtrak Railroad begins operation
  • 1971 Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar"
  • 1972 "Different Times" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • 1972 North Vietnamese troops occupy Quang Tri Activities Committee
  • 1972 Pulitzer prize awarded to Wallace Stegner (Angle of Repose)
  • 1972 Radio's Mutual Black Network premieres
  • 1973 SF Giants score 7 runs with 2 outs in 9th to beat Pirates, 8-7
  • 1976 102nd Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr on Bold Forbes wins in 2:01.6
  • 1976 Jos Hermens, runs Dutch record for 20K (57:24.2)
  • 1976 Empress Lilly, replica of a paddle steamer, dedicated at Walt Disney World, Florida
  • 1977 Chantal Langlace runs female world record marathon (2:35:15.4)
  • 1977 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • 1977 36 people are killed in Taksim Square, Istanbul, during the Labour Day celebrations.
  • 1978 1st black mayor of New Orleans (Ernest Morial) inaugurated
  • 1978 MVV soccer team forms in Maastricht
  • 1978 Naomi Uemura became 1st to reach North Pole overland alone

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1979 Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • 1979 Home rule introduced to Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)
  • 1979 Marshall Islands (in Pacific) become self-governing
  • 1980 "Day in Hollywood, A Night..." opens at John Golden NYC for 588 perf
  • 1980 15th Academy of Country Music Awards: Larry Gatlin and Crystal Gayle win
  • 1980 Sabres & Islanders play to 1:20 of 5th period in a playoff
  • 1980 Amer Book Award: William Styron (Sophie Choice)/T Wolfe (Right Stuff)

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1981 Tennis player Billie Jean King acknowledges a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett - becoming first prominent sportswoman to come out

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1981 Harrison Williams (Sen-D-NJ) convicted on FBI Abscam charges
  • 1981 Radio Shack releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3
  • 1982 108th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye on Gato Del Sol wins in 2:02.4
  • 1982 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville Tennessee opens
  • 1983 "My One & Only" opens at St James Theater NYC for 767 performances
  • 1983 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA CPC International Golf Tournament
  • 1984 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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1984 Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac) files for bankruptcy

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Mick Fleetwood
  • 1984 1984 NFL Draft: Irving Fryar from University of Nebraska first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1984 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Minnesota North Stars, 4 games to 0
  • 1985 "Communist" bomb attack kills 2 firemen in Brussels

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1985 US President Reagan ends embargo against Nicaragua

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1985 William Hoffman's "As Is" premieres in NYC
  • 1986 Bill Elliott sets stock car speed record of 212.229 mph
  • 1986 Russian news agency Tass reports Chernobyl nuclear power plant mishap
  • 1986 Will Stegers expedition reaches North Pole
  • 1987 46 HRs hit in 13 baseball games

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1987 Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish born nun

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1988 "Romance/Romance" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 297 performances
  • 1988 Two IRA attacks in and near Roermond, Netherlands, kills 3 British servicemen and wounds 3 more
  • 1988 Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • 1989 135 acre Disney's MGM studio officially opens to public
  • 1989 Jockey Chris Antley ends record of 64 consecutive winning days
  • 1989 US Supreme Court rules employees have legal burden to prove non- discriminatory reasons for not hiring or promoting
  • 1990 "Prelude to a Kiss" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC
  • 1991 "Will Rogers Follies" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 983 performances

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1991 A's Rickey Henderson steals an all time record 939th base vs Yanks

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1991 Angolan civil war ends
  • 1991 Last day of Test cricket for Gordon Greenidge
  • 1991 Milwaukee Brewers beat Chicago Cubs, 10-9, in 19 innings
  • 1991 Rickey Henderson breaks Lou Brocks record with his 939th steal

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1991 Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan pitches record 7th no hitter (beats Toronto 3-0)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1991 Skin-Spit-Skin featuring lesbian, homosexual & hetrosexual nude couples caressing, is seen by 5,000 in NYC
  • 1992 Eric Houston kills 4 in a California HS where he failed history 4 yrs prior

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1992 LA Dodgers postpone 3 games due to racial riots over Rodney King beating

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • 1992 NY Rangers wins their 1st ever 7th game of a playoff (vs NJ Devils)
  • 1992 Rickey Henderson steals his 1,000th base
  • 1993 119th Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey aboard Sea Hero wins in 2:02.4
  • 1993 Bomb attack on Sri Lankan president (26 die)
  • 1994 "My Fair Lady" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 165 performances

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1994 "Rise & Fall of Little Voice" opens at Neil Simon NYC for 9 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1994 -3] Tornado & hail storms hit Jiangxi China, 95 killed
  • 1994 Charles Kuralt retires as CBS newsman (On the Road)
  • 1994 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Sprint Senior Challenge Golf Tournament
  • 1994 Sherri Steinhauer wins LPGA Sprint Golf Championship
  • 1995 "On the Waterfront" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1995 Steve Waugh scores 200 for Australia v WI at Sabina Park
  • 1995 Croatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence.
  • 1996 "Ideal Husband" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • 1996 Gerald Williams is 1st NY Yankee since 1934 to get 6 hits in a game
  • 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in San Diego CA on KIOZ 105.3 FM
  • 1997 Tony Blair elected Prime Minister of UK
  • 1997 Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality.
  • 1999 125th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley aboard Charismatic wins in 2:03.29
  • 1999 Animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants" debuts on Nickelodeon

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2000 President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares existence of "a state of rebellion", after thousands of supporters of her arrested predecessor, Joseph Estrada, storm towards the presidential palace at height of EDSA III rebellion

14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada
President of the Philippines
Joseph Estrada

Film release premierFilm Premier

2000 "Gladiator" directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix premieres in LA (Best Picture 2001)

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2003 2003 invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended" on board the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 2004 Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
  • 2004 130th Kentucky Derby: Stewart Elliott aboard Smarty Jones wins in 2:04.06
  • 2006 The Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.
  • 2007 The Los Angeles May Day mêlée occurs, in which the Los Angeles Police Department's response to a May Day pro-immigration rally become a matter of controversy.
  • 2008 The London Agreement on translation of European patents, concluded in 2000, enters into force in 14 of the 34 Contracting States to the European Patent Convention.
  • 2009 Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden.
  • 2009 Carol Ann Duffy is appointed British Poet Laureate - first Scot and woman Laureate
  • 2010 Car bomb fails to go off in Times Square, New York City
  • 2010 136th Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard Super Saver wins in 2:04.45

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2010 Canadian singer Bryan Adams is given the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts

Singer Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams
  • 2011 Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.
  • 2012 China and Russia sign $15 billion dollar trade deal
  • 2012 Guggenheim Partners make the largest ever purchase of a sports franchise after buying the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2.1 billion
  • 2013 Insurgents kill 6 people in Pattani, Thailand
  • 2013 15 people are killed by multiple bomb attacks across Iraq
  • 2013 16 people are killed in a flash flood in Saudi Arabia
  • 2013 A digital camera is created that can mimic insect compound eyes
  • 2014 Hundreds march through Nigerian capital calling for the release of schoolgirls abducted by Islamic militants, Boko Haram, who oppose Western education
  • 2015 Expo 2015 opens in Milan (thru till 31st October)