What happened this day in history May 1

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 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 244 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 18, 2021 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,997,120 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 276 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 3,053 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.
  • 1778
    American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
  • 1884
    Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States.
  • 1885
    The original Chicago Board of Trade Building opened for business.
  • 1925
    The first Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer is held at the University of Toronto, Canada.
  • 1941
    World War II: German forces launch a major attack on Tobruk.
  • 1946
    The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy.
  • 1965
    Battle of Dong-Yin, a naval conflict between ROC and PRC, takes place.
  • 1991
    Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics steals his 939th base, making him the all-time leader in this category. However, his accomplishment is overshadowed later that evening by Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers, when he pitches his seventh career no-hitter, breaking his own record.
  • 2009
    Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden.

Who were born on May 1?

  • 1672
    Joseph Addison, English politician and writer (d. 1719)
  • 1803
    James Clarence Mangan, Irish poet (d. 1849)
  • 1862
    Marcel Prévost, French author and dramatist (d. 1941)
  • 1885
    Clément Pansaers, Belgian poet (d. 1922)
  • 1910
    Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Astronomer/astro-physicist; noted UFO investigator (d. 1986)
  • 1918
    Jack Paar, American television host (d. 2004)
  • 1946
    Joanna Lumley, English actress
  • 1981
    Derek Asamoah, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1989
    Tim Urban, American singer
  • 1997
    Ariel Gade, American actress

Who died on May 1?

  • 1555
    Pope Marcellus II (b. 1501)
  • 1935
    Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (b. 1889)
  • 1945
    Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda (b. 1897)
  • 1976
    Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek poet who fought the military junta in Greece (b. 1939)
  • 1978
    Aram Khachaturian, Armenian composer (b. 1903)
  • 1986
    Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (b. 1905)
  • 1989
    Sally Kirkland, fashion editor at LIFE (b. 1912)
  • 1992
    Sharon Redd, American house music and urban contemporary singer (b. 1945)
  • 1994
    Ayrton Senna, Brazilian race car driver (b. 1960)
  • 2003
    Miss Elizabeth, American wrestler (b. 1960)

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