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, 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

  • 1786
    Opening night of the opera The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Vienna, Austria.
  • 1794
    War of the Pyrenees: The Battle of Boulou ends, in which French forces defeat the Spanish and regain nearly all the land they lost to Spain in 1793.
  • 1840
    The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom.
  • 1925
    The All-China Federation of Trade Unions is officially founded. Today it is the largest trade union in the world, with 134 million members.
  • 1931
    The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City.

Who were born on May 1?

  • 1769
    Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Anglo-Irish statesman (d. 1852)
  • 1830
    Guido Gezelle, Flemish poet and priest (d. 1899)
  • 1919
    Mohammed Karim Lamrani, Prime Minister of Morocco
  • 1924
    Terry Southern, American screenwriter (d. 1995)
  • 1939
    Victor Davies, Canadian composer

Who died on May 1?

  • 1965
    Spike Jones, American band leader, musician, and comedian (b. 1911)
  • 1976
    Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek poet who fought the military junta in Greece (b. 1939)
  • 1985
    Denise Robins (aka Francesca Wright, Ashley French, Harriet Gray, Julia Kane) British romance novelist (b. 1897)
  • 1990
    Sergio Franchi, Italian tenor (b. 1926)
  • 2010
    Helen Wagner, American Actress (b. 1918)

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