Events in History on May 1

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305 Diocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman Emperor.

Roman Emperor Diocletian
Roman Emperor
  • 1006 Supernova observed by Chinese and Egyptians in constellation Lupus
  • 1048 Bishop Bernold flees St Pieterskerk for Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1328 Wars of Scottish Independence end: Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton - the Kingdom of England recognises the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.
  • 1394 Ekiho exorcised the Zen temple and its surroundings of an old badger

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1489 Christopher Columbus proposes his plan to search for a western route to India in an audience with Spanish monarch, Isabella I. Full support is granted 3 years later, in 1492

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1523 Danish king Christian III arrives in Veere
  • 1544 Turkish troops occupy Hungary
  • 1551 Council of Trente resumes
  • 1598 Jacob van Neck's merchant fleet departs for Java, modern day Indonesia
  • 1625 Portuguese & Spanish expedition recaptures Salvador (Bahia)

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1625 Prince Frederick Henry appointed viceroy of Holland

Prince of Orange Frederick Henry
Prince of Orange
Frederick Henry
  • 1682 Louis XIV & his court inaugurate Paris Observatory
  • 1703 Battle at Rultusk: Swedish army beats Russians
  • 1704 Boston Newsletter publishes 1st newspaper advertisement
  • 1707 Acts of Union comes into force, uniting England and Scotland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain

  • 1711 Archduke Karel of Austria/Hungarian rebellion sign Peace of Szatmar
  • 1715 Prussia declares war on Sweden
  • 1725 Spain and Austria sign trade treaty

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1753 Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature

Taxonomist, botanist, physician, and zoologist Carolus Linnaeus
Taxonomist, botanist, physician, and zoologist
Carolus Linnaeus
  • 1756 France and Austria sign alliance
  • 1757 Austria and France divide Prussia
  • 1759 British fleet occupies Guadeloupe, West Indies, capturing it from France
  • 1776 Adam Weishaupt founds secret society of Illuminati
  • 1777 RB Sheridan's "School for Scandal" premieres in London
  • 1778 American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
  • 1781 Emperor Joseph II decrees protection of population

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1795 Kamehameha, King of Hawaiʻi defeats Kalanikupule and conquors island of Oʻahu at Battle of Nuʻuanu (approx. date)

King of Hawaii Kamehameha I
King of Hawaii
Kamehameha I
  • 1822 John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston
  • 1834 Belgian parliament accepts railway laws

Historic PublicationPenny Black

1840 "Penny Black", the world's first adhesive postage stamp issued by Great Britain
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  • 1841 First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1844 Whig convention nominates Henry Clay as presidential candidate

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay
  • 1846 Ida Pfeiffer (48) begins trip around world
  • 1848 The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1850 John Geary becomes 1st mayor of San Francisco
  • 1851 Great Exhibition opens in the Crystal Palace, London
  • 1852 The Philippine peso is introduced into circulation

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1852 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm publish the first part of their German Dictionary (fully completed 1961)

  • 1853 Argentina adopts its constitution
  • 1854 Amsterdam begins transferring drinking water out of the dunes

  • 1857 William Walker, conqueror of Nicaragua, surrenders to US Navy
  • 1861 Lee orders Confederate troops under T J Jackson to Harper's Ferry
  • 1862 Major General Benjamin Butler's Union forces occupy New Orleans (US Civil War)
  • 1863 Hospital for the Ruptured and Crippled first opens its doors
  • 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia, 29,000 injured or died
  • 1863 Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi
  • 1863 Confederate "National Flag" replaces "Stars & Bars"
  • 1863 Confederate congress passes resolution to kill black soldiers
  • 1864 -8] Battle at Alexandria, Louisiana (Red River Campaign)
  • 1864 Atlanta campaign, Georgia begins
  • 1866 American Equal Rights Association forms
  • 1867 Howard University chartered
  • 1867 Reconstruction of South begins, black voter registration
  • 1869 Folies Bergère opens in Paris
  • 1873 1st US postal card issued
  • 1873 Emperor Franz Joseph opens 5th World's Exposition in Vienna

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1873 Alexandra Palace opens on Queen Victoria's 54th birthday with a grand celebration including concerts, recitals and fireworks

Queen of the United Kingdom Queen Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Queen Victoria
  • 1875 238 members of "Whiskey Ring" accused of anti-US activities
  • 1875 Alexandra Palace, London, reopens after being burnt down in 1873
  • 1883 Amsterdam World's Fair opens
  • 1884 Construction begins on Chicago's 1st skyscraper (10 stories)
  • 1884 Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States.
  • 1885 Maria "Goeie Mie" Swanenburg sentence to life for killing 27 in Netherlands
  • 1886 US general strike for 8-hour working day begins
  • 1889 2nd International Congress calls for 1st International Workers Day 1st May 1890 to mark protests in Chicago in 1886
  • 1892 US Quarantine Station opens on Angel Island, San Francisco Bay
  • 1893 World Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago

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1896 Seven days after parliament was dissolved, Charles Tupper is sworn in as the 6th Prime Minister of Canada

6th Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper
6th Prime Minister of Canada
Charles Tupper

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1898 US Admiral George Dewey commands "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley" as US route Spanish fleet at Manila

Admiral George Dewey
George Dewey
  • 1900 Premature blast collapses mine tunnel killing 200 at Scofield, Utah
  • 1901 Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo
  • 1903 King Edward VII of Great Britain visits Paris, where he is feted in a first step toward improving Anglo-French relations, culminating in the sighing of the Entente Cordiale on 8 April, 1904
  • 1907 Belgium government of De Trooz forms
  • 1907 Indian Mine Laws passes (concessions from Neth-Indies)
  • 1908 World's most intense shower (2.47" in 3 minutes) at Portobelo, Panama
  • 1909 Netherlands begins unity with Belgium
  • 1912 Beverly Hills Hotel opens
  • 1913 Longacre Theater opens at 220 W 48th St NYC
  • 1914 China's 1st president Yuan Shikai wins dictatorial qualification
  • 1915 British liner Lusitania leaves NY for Liverpool
  • 1915 German submarine torpedoes US tanker Gulflight
  • 1919 Mount Kelud (Indonesia) erupts, boiling crater lake which broke through crater wall killing 5,000 people in 104 small villages

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1919 "L'Ordine Nuovo" Italian socialist weekly newspaper established in Turin by Antonio Gramsci, Angelo Tasca and Palmiro Togliatti

Marxist Theorist and Politician Antonio Gramsci
Marxist Theorist and Politician
Antonio Gramsci

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1919 British naval officer David Beatty is promoted to Admiral of the Fleet

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty
  • 1920 Belgium-Luxembourg toll tunnel opens
  • 1921 Drusian sultan Pasja al-Atrasj elected governor of Suwayda
  • 1922 Charlie Robertson of Chicago pitches a perfect no-hit, no-run game

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1923 Adolf Hitler and Ernst Rohm attempt to break up socialist May Day demonstrates, inviting Nazis from as far away as Nuremberg to take part in the violence

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1924 Admiral Paul Koundouriotis becomes President of Greece
  • 1925 Cyprus becomes a British Crown Colony
  • 1926 British coal miners go on strike
  • 1927 1st British airliner to serve cooked meals (Imperial Airways)
  • 1928 6 children die and 10 injured by hailstones in Klausenburg, Romania
  • 1928 Drunken fascist Erich Wichman attacks VARA-radio transmitter
  • 1928 Lei Day begun (a Hawaiian celebration)
  • 1928 Pitcairn Airlines (later Eastern) begins service
  • 1929 Farm workers strike begins in East-Groningen
  • 1929 Police kill 19 Mayday demonstrators in Berlin
  • 1930 The planet Pluto is officially 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 CheeriOats (renamed Cheerios in 1945) an oat-based, ready-to-eat cold cereal
  • 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 the United States during World War II
  • 1943 German Wehrmacht deployed in order to break Dutch strikes
  • 1943 German plane sinks the British ship SS Erinpura in the Mediterranean with the loss of 799 lives
  • 1943 SS General Hanns Albin Rauter announces that all Jews will be 'removed' from the occupied Netherlands
  • 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
  • 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)

Notable FireworksMiss Atomic Pageant

1955 Showgirl Linda Lawson is crowned "Miss-Cue" in the Atomic Pageant, after the Operation Cue test is repeatedly delayed by high winds
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Linda Lawson is the winner of the 1950 Miss Atomic Pageant, with a mushroom cloud crown for good measure
Linda Lawson is the winner of the 1950 Miss Atomic Pageant, with a mushroom cloud crown for good measure
  • 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 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 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
  • 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
  • 1980 Amer Book Award: William Styron (Sophie Choice)/T Wolfe (Right Stuff)
  • 1981 Harrison Williams (Sen-D-NJ) convicted on FBI Abscam charges
  • 1981 Radio Shack releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3
  • 1982 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville Tennessee opens
  • 1984 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Novelist Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel
  • 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