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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

  • 1886
    Rallies are held throughout the United States demanding the eight-hour work day culminating in the Haymarket Affair.
  • 1925
    The first Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer is held at the University of Toronto, Canada.
  • 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.
  • 1956
    A doctor in Japan reports an “epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system”, marking the official discovery of Minamata disease.
  • 1965
    Battle of Dong-Yin, a naval conflict between ROC and PRC, takes place.

Who were born on May 1?

  • 1803
    James Clarence Mangan, Irish poet (d. 1849)
  • 1884
    Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and racing driver (d. 1964)
  • 1887
    Alan Gordon Cunningham, British army officer (d. 1983)
  • 1905
    Paul Desruisseaux, French Canadian lawyer, businessman and politician (d. 1982)
  • 1928
    Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racer (d. 2002)

Who died on May 1?

  • 1277
    Stephen Uroš I of Serbia (b. 1223)
  • 1899
    Ludwig Büchner, German philosopher and physician (b. 1824)
  • 1904
    Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (b. 1841)
  • 1992
    Sharon Redd, American house music and urban contemporary singer (b. 1945)
  • 2010
    Helen Wagner, American Actress (b. 1918)

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