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 Carl Linnaeus - the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature
  • 1840 "Penny Black", the world's first adhesive postage stamp issued by Great Britain
  • 1886 US general strike for 8-hour working day begins
  • 1924 German automobile manufacturers Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie begin their first joint venture (later merge into Mercedes-Benz)
  • 1931 Empire State Building opens in New York City
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May 1 in Film & TV

  • 1941 "Citizen Kane", directed by Orson Welles and starring himself, Joseph Cotten and Dorothy Corningore, premieres at the Palace Theater in New York City

May 1 in Music

May 1 in Sport

  • 1883 Bob Rogers is acknowledged as the first American pro sports trainer when he is hired by the NY Athletic Club

Did You Know?

Batman first appears in Detective Comics #27

On May 1, 1939

Would You Believe?

US Admiral George Dewey commands "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley" as US rout Spanish fleet at Manila

On May 1, 1898

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.

Famous Divorces

  • 1978 Actress and model Bianca Jagger (32) files for divorce from Rolling Stone singer Mick Jagger (34) after 7 years of marriage on the grounds of his adultery with model Jerry Hall

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