On This Day

What Happened on May 1, 1943

Historical Events

  • 1st edition of illegal "The Free Artist" appears in Amsterdam
  • 69th Kentucky Derby: Johnny Longden wins aboard heavy favourite Count Fleet in the 'street car Derby'
  • Food rationing begins in the United States during World War II
  • German plane sinks the British ship SS Erinpura in the Mediterranean with the loss of 799 lives
  • German Wehrmacht deployed in order to break Dutch strikes
  • SS General Hanns Albin Rauter announces that all Jews will be 'removed' from the occupied Netherlands

Famous Birthdays

  • Joy Harmon, American actress (Cool Hand Luke), born in St Louis, Missouri

Famous Deaths

  • Johan Oscar Smith, Norwegian Christian leader who founded the evangelical Brunstad Christian Church, dies at 71
1943 Highlights

About May 1, 1943

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 78 years, 5 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Taurus