On This Day

Events in History on May 1 (Part 2)

  • 1986 Will Stegers expedition reaches North Pole

BeatificationBeatification

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

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1988 Two IRA attacks in and near Roermond, Netherlands, kills 3 British servicemen and wounds 3 more
  • 1989 Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins: US Supreme Court rules employers have legal burden to prove non- discriminatory reasons for not hiring or promoting
  • 1991 Angolan civil war ends
  • 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

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1992 Danielle Steel’s historical romance novel “Jewels” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • 1993 Bomb attack on Sri Lankan president (26 die)
  • 1994 -3] Tornado & hail storms hit Jiangxi China, 95 killed

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

President of Croatia Franjo Tuđman
President of Croatia
Franjo Tuđman
  • 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in San Diego CA on KIOZ 105.3 FM

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1997 Tony Blair elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • 1997 Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality

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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

14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada
President of the Philippines
Joseph Estrada

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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

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

  • 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.
  • 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.

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Author, Journalist and Orator Christopher Hitchens
Author, Journalist and Orator
Christopher Hitchens
  • 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

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

Businesswoman and CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar
Businesswoman and CEO of ICICI Bank
Chanda Kochhar
  • 2010 Car bomb fails to go off in Times Square, New York City
  • 2011 Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI
  • 2012 China and Russia sign $15 billion dollar trade deal
  • 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)
  • 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

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

Emperor of Japan Naruhito
Emperor of Japan
Naruhito
Emperor of Japan Akihito
Emperor of Japan
Akihito

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

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

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

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau

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

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • 2020 Armed protesters against stay-at-home-orders gather at the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, as Governor Gretchen Whitmer reinstates State of Emergency