On This Day

Historical Events on May 1 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 349 of 349

  • 1962 1st French underground nuclear test in the Sahara at Ecker, Algeria

Historic Event

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
  • 1963 First one-day cricket competition is played (Gillette Cup); Lancashire beats Leicestershire by 101 at Old Trafford

Historic Publication

1963 Gloria Steinem's exposé , "A Bunny's Tale", on the working conditions for waitresses (bunnies) at New York City’s famed Playboy Club, published in "Show" magazine

  • 1964 1st BASIC program runs on a computer (Dartmouth)
  • 1965 91st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker wins aboard Lucky Debonair, the third of his 4 Derby victories
  • 1965 Stanley Cup, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Dick Duff has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4-0 in Game 7 to take title 4-3
  • 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 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
  • 1969 43 Unification church couples wed in NYC
  • 1969 Houston Astros hurler Don Wilson blanks Reds, 4-0 for second career no-hitter, at Crosley Field in Cincinnati
  • 1969 Leonard Tose buys NFL Philadelphia Eagles for a professional sports record $16.15m
  • 1969 Pirate Radio Station 259 (England/France) begins transmitting

Election of Interest

1969 James Chichester-Clark is elected as leader of the Unionist party, succeededing Terence O'Neill as the Northern Ireland Prime Minister

Album Release

1969 Reprise Records releases "Clouds", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 2nd studio album

  • 1971 97th Kentucky Derby: Gustavo Ávila wins aboard Canonero II (wins Preakness May 15)
  • 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

Sports History

1976 102nd Kentucky Derby: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr.wins aboard Bold Forbes, the second of 3 Derby successes

  • 1976 Empress Lilly, replica of a paddle steamer, dedicated at Walt Disney World, Florida
  • 1977 French runner Chantal Langlacé sets female world marathon record (2:35:15.4) in Oyarzun, Spain
  • 1977 American golfer Debbie Austin wins the Birmingham Classic, the first of 5 LPGA Tour victories in a 4-month span
  • 1977 36 people are killed in Taksim Square, Istanbul, during the Labour Day celebrations.
  • 1977 American golfer Gene Littler wins the Houston Open, his 29th and final PGA title
  • 1978 1st African American mayor of New Orleans, Ernest Nathan Morial, inaugurated
  • 1978 Naomi Uemura became 1st to reach North Pole overland alone

Film Release

1978 Jackie Chan's breakthrough film "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" directed by Yuen Woo-ping, is released in Hong Kong

Music History

1979 Elton John performs for 1st time in Israel, kicking off a mini-tour of 5 shows in six nights

  • 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 performances
  • 1980 15th Academy of Country Music Awards: Larry Gatlin and Crystal Gayle win
  • 1980 Amer Book Award: William Styron (Sophie Choice)/T Wolfe (Right Stuff)

Sports History

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

  • 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 wins aboard Gato Del Sol, the first of consecutive Derby victories (1983 Sunny's Halo)
  • 1982 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville Tennessee opens
  • 1983 "My One & Only" opens at St James Theater NYC for 767 performances
  • 1984 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Music History

1984 Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac) files for bankruptcy

  • 1984 NFL Draft: Nebraska wide receiver Irving Fryar first pick by New England Patriots

Historic Publication

1984 Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Full Circle” is published

  • 1985 "Communist" bomb attack kills 2 firemen in Brussels

Historic Event

1985 US President Reagan ends embargo against Nicaragua

  • 1985 William Hoffman's "As Is" premieres in NYC
  • 1986 Will Stegers expedition reaches North Pole


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

  • 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

Sports History

1988 After scoring 50 points in Game 1, NBA Eastern Conference playoff series, Michael Jordan has 55 in Chicago Bulls 106-101 win vs Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2; first to score 50+ points in consecutive playoff games

  • 1989 135 acre Disney's MGM studio theme park officially opens to public in Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  • 1989 American jockey Chris Antley's record 64-day consecutive winning streak ends when he fails with 5 mounts at Aqueduct, NY; streak includes 147 winners from 486 mounts
  • 1989 Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins: US Supreme Court rules employers 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 Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green' s musical "Will Rogers Follies" premieres at The Palace Theater, NYC; runs for 981 performances
  • 1991 "Will Rogers Follies" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 983 performances

Baseball Record

1991 A's outfielder Rickey Henderson steals all time MLB record 939th base in 7-4 win vs New York Yankees in Oakland

  • 1991 Angolan civil war ends
  • 1991 West Indian batsman Gordon Greenidge plays his last Test cricket innings, scoring 43 vs Australia in Antigua; 7,558 runs @ 44.72; 19 x 100s

Baseball Record

1991 Texas Rangers starter Nolan Ryan pitches MLB record 7th no hitter; beats Toronto, 3-0; at 44, Ryan is oldest to throw no-hitter

  • 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

Rodney King Riots

1992 Los Angeles Dodgers postpone 3 MLB games due to racial riots over the infamous Rodney King beating

  • 1992 Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson steals his 1,000th MLB career base in A's 7-6 win at Detroit
  • 1992 Danielle Steel’s historical romance novel “Jewels” is published
  • 1993 119th Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey wins aboard Sea Hero, the first of 2 Derby victories (1996 on Grindstone)
  • 1993 Bomb attack on Sri Lankan president (26 die)
  • 1994 "My Fair Lady" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • 1994 Jim Cartwright's play "The Rise & Fall of Little Voice" opens at Neil Simon Theater, NYC; runs for 9 performances
  • 1994 -3] Tornado & hail storms hit Jiangxi China, 95 killed
  • 1994 Charles Kuralt retires as CBS newsman (On the Road)

Sports History

1994 Three-time World Formula 1 Drivers champion Ayrton Senna of Brazil is killed in a 309 kmh crash whilst leading the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola in Italy

  • 1995 "On the Waterfront" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1995 Future Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh scores career best 200 including 231 partnership with brother Mark (126) in 4th Test win over West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica

Historic Event

1995 Croatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence.

  • 1995 "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" single released by John Michael Montgomery (Billboard Song of the Year 1995)
  • 1995 Montreal Canadiens lose 2-0 at Buffalo to miss Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in 25 years
  • 1996 "Ideal Husband" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • 1996 Miami Heat beaten, 112-91 to Chicago Bulls to be swept 3-0 in round 1 of NBA Eastern Division playoffs; first time in his 14 years as head coach Pat Riley ousted in the opening round
  • 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in San Diego CA on KIOZ 105.3 FM

Election of Interest

1997 Tony Blair elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

  • 1997 Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality
  • 1999 125th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley wins aboard Charismatic for his second Derby victory (1991 on Strike The Gold)

Television Debut

1999 Animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants", created by Stephen Hillenburg, debuts on Nickelodeon

Historic Event

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

Film Premier

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

Baseball Record

2000 Barry Bonds is first MLB player to hit a homer into San Francisco Bay as Giants beat Mets, 10-3; hits 35 there during his SF career

  • 2002 Padres closer Trevor Hoffman sets MLB record for saves for one team (321) in 4-3 win v Chicago Cubs in San Diego

Historic Event

2003 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

  • 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 wins aboard Smarty Jones. North American wagering records smashed ($142m on 12-race card)
  • 2004 Giants outfielder Barry Bonds sets MLB record for being intentionally walked 4 times in a 9-inning game during 6-3 defeat of Florida in SF
  • 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.

Film & TV History

2007 British model Kate Moss launches a clothing line with chain Topshop

Historic Publication

2007 Christopher Hitchens publishes his bestseller "God is not Great" making a case against organized religion

  • 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

Historic Event

2009 Chanda Kochhar takes over from K. V. Kamath as CEO and Managing Director of ICICI Bank

  • 2010 Car bomb fails to go off in Times Square, New York City
  • 2010 136th Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel wins aboard Super Saver, his third Derby success in 4 years

Music History

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

  • 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)
  • 2017 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Englishman Mark Selby defends title beating John Higgins of Scotland, 18-15; his third world crown

Agreement of Interest

2017 Billy Corgan agrees to purchase the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)

  • 2018 Liverpool's Egyptian soccer forward Mohamed Salah becomes the first African to be named England Football Writers' Footballer of the Year.
  • 2018 Chinese authorities label British cartoon "Peppa Pig" subversive and it is removed from the Douyin video website
  • 2018 Violent May Day protests in Paris by far-left Black Blocs group result in 200 arrests
  • 2018 Scotland is the first country in the world to introduce a minimum price on alcohol
  • 2019 UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson fired over leaking information about Huawei deal from a UK National Security Council meeting by Theresa May
  • 2019 Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn marries for the fourth time to Suthida Tidjai, deputy head of his bodyguard, days before his coronation

Historic Event

2019 Naruhito officially succeeds his father Akihito as the Emperor of Japan after the latter abdicated due to ill health

Historic Event

2019 Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching his bail conditions in London

  • 2019 New York City officially names a street Sesame Street at the intersection of West 63rd Street and Broadway in honor of the show's 50th anniversary
  • 2019 Two-time South African Olympic champion runner Caster Semenya loses appeal against proposed rules to limit her testosterone levels; medically reducing levels the only way to continue competition
  • 2019 Evidence revealed that early humans from ancient Denisovan species lived at high altitudes in Tibet 160,000 years ago
  • 2019 US Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, defending his handling of the Mueller Report

Sports History

2019 Argentine forward Lionel Messi scores twice for his 600th goal for FC Barcelona in a 3-0 home win over Liverpool in a Champions League semi final

  • 2020 Prison riot leaves more than 40 dead and many injured at Los Llanos jail, near Guanare city, Venezuela

Historic Event

2020 Canadian PM Justin Trudeau announces ban on 1,500 types of assault-style weapons in response to recent Nova Scotia shooting

Historic Event

2020 Tweets by Elon Musk saying Tesla's share price is too high wipe $14 billion off the carmaker's value

  • 2020 Armed protesters against stay-at-home-orders gather at the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, as Governor Gretchen Whitmer reinstates State of Emergency
  • 2021 India is the first country to record more than 400,000 new COVID-19 cases in one day (401,993) [1]
  • 2021 147th Kentucky Derby: Medina Spirit gives jockey John Velazquez his fourth Derby win and trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh victory in the race