Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on May 1? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 1: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 1 is the 122nd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 244 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 18, 2016 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 406,128 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectaicosadigon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 272 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,227 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 1 Historical Events

  • 1751
    The first cricket match is played in America.
  • 1865
    The Empire of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay sign the Treaty of the Triple Alliance
  • 1869
    The Folies Bergère opens in Paris.
  • 1956
    The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.
  • 1983
    Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis is awarded the Lenin Peace Prize.

Who were born on May 1?

  • 1591
    Johann Adam Schall von Bell, German Jesuit missionary (d. 1666)
  • 1948
    Patricia Hill Collins, American black-feminist and scholar
  • 1971
    Ajith Kumar, Indian film actor
  • 1983
    The Human Tornado (Craig Williams), American professional wrestler
  • 1984
    Alexander Farnerud, Swedish footballer

Who died on May 1?

  • 1731
    Johann Ludwig Bach, German composer (b. 1677)
  • 1904
    Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (b. 1841)
  • 1920
    Princess Margaret of Connaught (b. 1882)
  • 1989
    Douglass Watson, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 2003
    Miss Elizabeth, American wrestler (b. 1960)

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