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
Establishment of the Illuminati in Ingolstadt (Upper Bavaria), by Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt.
American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States.
The original Chicago Board of Trade Building opened for business.
The first Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer is held at the University of Toronto, Canada.
World War II: German forces launch a major attack on Tobruk.
The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy.
Battle of Dong-Yin, a naval conflict between ROC and PRC, takes place.
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.
Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden.
Who were born on May 1?
Joseph Addison, English politician and writer (d. 1719)
James Clarence Mangan, Irish poet (d. 1849)
Marcel Prévost, French author and dramatist (d. 1941)
Clément Pansaers, Belgian poet (d. 1922)
Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Astronomer/astro-physicist; noted UFO investigator (d. 1986)
Jack Paar, American television host (d. 2004)
Joanna Lumley, English actress
Derek Asamoah, Ghanaian footballer
Tim Urban, American singer
Ariel Gade, American actress
Who died on May 1?
Pope Marcellus II (b. 1501)
Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (b. 1889)
Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda (b. 1897)
Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek poet who fought the military junta in Greece (b. 1939)
Aram Khachaturian, Armenian composer (b. 1903)
Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (b. 1905)
Sally Kirkland, fashion editor at LIFE (b. 1912)
Sharon Redd, American house music and urban contemporary singer (b. 1945)
Ayrton Senna, Brazilian race car driver (b. 1960)
Miss Elizabeth, American wrestler (b. 1960)
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