Events in History on May 1 (Part 2)

  • 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 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

Historic Publication

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

  • 1992 Eric Houston kills 4 in a California HS where he failed history 4 yrs prior
  • 1993 Bomb attack on Sri Lankan president (26 die)
  • 1993 Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa is assassinated along with 17 others by a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber in Colombo
  • 1994 -3] Tornado & hail storms hit Jiangxi China, 95 killed

Historic Event

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

  • 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in San Diego CA on KIOZ 105.3 FM
  • 1997 Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality

Election of Interest

1997 Tony Blair elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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

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.
  • 2005 17-year old Lionel Messi scores his 1st senior league goal for FC Barcelona in 2-0 win against Albacete Balompié, at the Spotify Camp Nou in Barcelona
  • 2006 The Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.

Historic Publication

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

  • 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.
  • 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 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

  • 2009 Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden
  • 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 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
  • 2013 Insurgents kill 6 people in Pattani, Thailand
  • 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 Scotland is the first country in the world to introduce a minimum price on alcohol
  • 2018 Violent May Day protests in Paris by far-left Black Blocs group result in 200 arrests
  • 2019 Evidence revealed that early humans from ancient Denisovan species lived at high altitudes in Tibet 160,000 years ago

Historic Event

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

  • 2019 Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn marries for the fourth time to Suthida Tidjai, deputy head of his bodyguard, days before his coronation
  • 2019 UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson fired over leaking information about Huawei deal from a UK National Security Council meeting by Theresa May
  • 2019 US Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, defending his handling of the Mueller Report

Historic Event

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

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

Historic Event

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

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

Historic Event

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

  • 2021 India is the first country to record more than 400,000 new COVID-19 cases in one day (401,993) [1]
  • 2022 First of two sets of human remains revealed by receding Lake Mead, US's largest reservoir, near Las Vegas likely linked to mob activity in the 1970s and 80s [1]

Historic Event

2022 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Adolf Hitler "had Jewish blood" in interview on Italian TV, prompting outrage from Israel [1]

Historic Event

2022 US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leads surprise congressional delegation to Ukraine to met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy [1]