On This Day in History for May 1 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 247

  • 1929 Farm workers strike begins in East-Groningen
  • 1929 Police kill 19 Mayday demonstrators in Berlin
  • 1930 Planet Pluto offically named by 11 year-old Venetia Burney
  • 1931 Empire State Building opens in New York City
  • 1931 Norway claims Peter I Island
  • 1932 1st Suriname union congress at Paramaribo
  • 1934 Austria signs pact with Vatican
  • 1934 Philippine legislature accepts US proposal for independence
  • 1934 Water state kingdom dismisses NSB-leader Anton Mussert
  • 1935 Canada's 1st silver dollar is circulated

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1936 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie leaves Ethiopia as Italy invades

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie

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1936 FBI's J. Edgar Hoover arrests gangster Alvin "Creepy" Karpis

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover

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1937 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Neutrality Act, banning travel on belligerent ships and imposes an arms embargo on warring nations

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1939 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Yearling)
  • 1940 140 Palestinian Jews die as German planes bomb their ship
  • 1941 General Mills introduces Cheerios
  • 1941 German assault on Tobruk
  • 1941 US savings bonds go on sale to help finance the war effort
  • 1942 Radio Orange calls to defy order to wear "Jewish star"
  • 1943 1st edition of illegal "The Free Artist" appears in Amsterdam
  • 1943 Food rationing begins in US
  • 1943 German Wehrmacht deployed in order to break Dutch strikes
  • 1943 German plane sinks boat loaded with Palestinian Jews bound for Malta
  • 1943 Rauter signs unofficial death sentence
  • 1944 Messerschmitt Me 262 Sturmvogel, 1st jet bomber, makes 1st flight
  • 1944 Pulitzer prize awarded to American Martin Flavin for his novel "Journey in the Dark"
  • 1944 Surprise attack on Weteringschans Amsterdam, fails
  • 1945 About 1,000 citizens of Demmin in Germany, commit suicide provoked by occupation by Soviet Red Army
  • 1945 Admiral Karl Doenitz forms German government
  • 1945 Australian & Dutch troops land on Tarakan
  • 1945 General Belgian Labor Union (ABVV) party forms
  • 1945 Radio Budapest, Hungary re-enters shortwave broadcasting after WW II
  • 1945 Seys-Inquart flees to Flensburg
  • 1945 Soviet army reaches Rostock

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1946 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery appointed British supreme commander

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 1946 Mrs Emma Clarissa Clement named "American Mother of Year"
  • 1946 Start of 3 year Pilbara strike of Indigenous Australians.
  • 1946 The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy
  • 1947 Lt General Hoyt S Vandenberg, USA, ends term as 2nd head of CIA
  • 1947 Radar for commercial & private planes 1st demonstrated
  • 1947 Rear Admiral Roscoe H Hillenkoetter, USN, becomes 3th director of CIA
  • 1948 North Korea proclaims itself Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • 1948 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Auspicia quaedam
  • 1948 Glenn Taylor, Idaho Senator, arrested in Birmingham, Alabama, for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked "for Negroes"
  • 1949 A's Elmer Valo is 1st AL'er to hit 2 bases-loaded triples in a game
  • 1949 Gerard Kuiper discovers Nereid, (2nd satellite of Neptune)
  • 1950 Gwendolyn Brooks is 1st African American awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry
  • 1950 Mayor of Brussels reluctantly bans May Day parade
  • 1950 New marriage laws enforced in People's Republic of China
  • 1950 Pulitzer prize awarded to Rodgers & Hammerstein (South Pacific)
  • 1951 600,000 march for peace & freedom in Germany

  • 1951 Dutch Reformed Church introduces new church choir
  • 1952 US Marines take part in an atomic explosion training in Nevada
  • 1952 Mr Potato Head introduced
  • 1952 TWA introduces tourist class
  • 1954 Bishops publish Mandement (member socialist org forbidden)
  • 1954 HSA-UWC Forms (Unification Church) (Moonies)
  • 1955 Bob Feller's 15th 1 or less hitter (12 1-hitters, 3 no-hitters)
  • 1956 A doctor in Japan reports an "epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system", marking the official discovery of Minamata disease
  • 1957 Larry King's 1st radio broadcast
  • 1957 US gives Poland credit of $95 million
  • 1957 Vanguard TV-1 booster test reaches 195 km
  • 1958 Ambonese rebellion bombs Ambon, conquers Morotai
  • 1958 Arturo Frondizi sworn in as President of Argentina
  • 1959 West Germany introduces 5 day work week
  • 1960 India's Bombay state split into Gujarat & Maharashtra states
  • 1960 Russia shoots down Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane over Sverdlovsk
  • 1961 1st US airplane hijacked to Cuba

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1961 Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

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1961 Pulitzer prize awarded to Harper Lee for her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Author Harper Lee
Harper Lee
  • 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

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1963 Gloria Steinem's expose on Playboy bunny working conditions published in "Show" magazine

Journalist Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem
  • 1964 1st BASIC program runs on a computer (Dartmouth)
  • 1965 USSR launches Luna 5; later impacts on Moon
  • 1965 Battle of Dong-Yin, a naval conflict between ROC and PRC, takes place.
  • 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)
  • 1969 43 Unification church couples wed in NYC
  • 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 Amtrak Railroad begins operation
  • 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
  • 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 36 people are killed in Taksim Square, Istanbul, during the Labour Day celebrations.
  • 1978 1st African American mayor of New Orleans, Ernest Nathan Morial, inaugurated
  • 1978 Naomi Uemura became 1st to reach North Pole overland alone
  • 1979 Home rule introduced to Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)
  • 1979 Marshall Islands (in Pacific) become self-governing

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