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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 121st day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 244 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 18, 2017 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,893,280 minutes 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 ‘hectaicosahenagon’ 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 294 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 1,592 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 1 Historical Events

  • 1776
    Establishment of the Illuminati in Ingolstadt (Upper Bavaria), by Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt.
  • 1915
    The RMS Lusitania departs from New York City on her two hundred and second, and final, crossing of the North Atlantic. Six days later, the ship is torpedoed off the coast of Ireland with the loss of 1,198 lives, including 128 Americans, rousing American sentiment against Germany.
  • 1945
    World War II: A German newsreader officially announces that Adolf Hitler has “fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancellery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and for Germany”.
  • 1950
    Guam is organized as a United States commonwealth.
  • 1974
    The Argentine terrorist organization Montoneros is expulsed from Plaza de Mayo by president Juan Perón.

Who were born on May 1?

  • 1852
    Calamity Jane, American Wild West performer (d. 1903)
  • 1921
    Vladimir Colin, Romanian fantasy and science fiction short story writer and novelist (d. 1991)
  • 1939
    Victor Davies, Canadian composer
  • 1949
    Tim Hodgkinson, English composer and musician (Henry Cow)
  • 1953
    Glen Ballard, American songwriter and record producer

Who died on May 1?

  • 1539
    Isabella of Portugal, queen of Spain and empress of Germany (b. 1503)
  • 1985
    Denise Robins (aka Francesca Wright, Ashley French, Harriet Gray, Julia Kane) British romance novelist (b. 1897)
  • 1989
    Sally Kirkland, fashion editor at LIFE (b. 1912)
  • 1993
    Pierre Bérégovoy, French Prime Minister (b. 1925)
  • 2006
    Johnny Paris, American saxophonist (Johnny and the Hurricanes) (b. 1940)

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