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, 24,367,680 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 ‘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

  • 1852
    The Philippine peso is introduced into circulation.
  • 1875
    Alexandra Palace reopens after the 1873 fire burnt it down.
  • 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.
  • 1930
    The dwarf planet Pluto is officially named.
  • 1982
    The 1982 World’s Fair opens in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Who were born on May 1?

  • 1829
    Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys, English Pre-Raphaelite painter (d. 1904)
  • 1950
    John Diehl, American actor
  • 1951
    Antony Worrall Thompson, English celebrity chef
  • 1968
    D'arcy Wretzky, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins)
  • 1981
    Derek Asamoah, Ghanaian footballer

Who died on May 1?

  • 1555
    Pope Marcellus II (b. 1501)
  • 1731
    Johann Ludwig Bach, German composer (b. 1677)
  • 1976
    T.R.M. Howard, civil rights leader, entrepreneur, surgeon (b. 1908)
  • 1998
    Eldridge Cleaver, American activist (b. 1935)
  • 2006
    Rob Lacey, Christian author (b. 1962)

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