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’.

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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, 1,462,060,800 seconds 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

  • 1945
    The Yugoslav partisans free Trieste.
  • 1947
    Portella della Ginestra massacre against May Day celebrations in Sicily by the bandit and separatist leader Salvatore Giuliano; 11 persons are killed and 33 wounded.
  • 1948
    The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) is established, with Kim Il-sung as leader.
  • 1956
    A doctor in Japan reports an “epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system”, marking the official discovery of Minamata disease.
  • 1995
    Croatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence.

Who were born on May 1?

  • 1918
    Jack Paar, American television host (d. 2004)
  • 1919
    Mohammed Karim Lamrani, Prime Minister of Morocco
  • 1955
    Nick Feldman, English musician
  • 1968
    Sol Kyung-gu, South Korean actor
  • 1969
    Billy Owens, American basketball player

Who died on May 1?

  • 1943
    Johan Oscar Smith, Norwegian Christian leader and founder of Brunstad Christian Church (b. 1871)
  • 1968
    Harold Nicolson, British diplomat, author and politician (b. 1886)
  • 1973
    Asger Jorn, Danish painter (b. 1914)
  • 1976
    Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek poet who fought the military junta in Greece (b. 1939)
  • 1994
    Ayrton Senna, Brazilian race car driver (b. 1960)

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