May 1st Events

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May 1st, 2008 (May 01 2008)EventThe London Agreement on translation of European patents, concluded in 2000, enters into force in 14 of the 34 Contracting States to the European Patent Convention.
May 1st, 2007 (May 01 2007)EventThe Los Angeles May Day melee occurs, in which the Los Angeles Police Department s response to a May Day pro-immigration rally become a matter of controversy.Ang Lee Quotes
May 1st, 2006 (May 01 2006)EventThe Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.
May 1st, 2004 (May 01 2004)EventCyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
May 1st, 2003 (May 01 2003)Event2003 invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended" on board the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California.George W. Bush Quotes
May 1st, 2000 (May 01 2000)EventPhilippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares the existence of "a state of rebellion", hours after thousands of supporters of her arrested predecessor, Joseph Estrada, storm towards the presidential palace at the height of the EDSA III rebellion.
May 1st, 1997 (May 01 1997)EventTasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality.
May 1st, 1995 (May 01 1995)EventCroatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence.
May 1st, 1992 (May 01 1992)EventOn the third day of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, African-American activist, criminal, and victim of police beating Rodney King appears in public before television news cameras to appeal for calm and plead for peace, asking, "People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?".
May 1st, 1991 (May 01 1991)EventRickey 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).
May 1st, 1989 (May 01 1989)EventDisney-MGM Studios opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.Walt Disney Quotes
May 1st, 1987 (May 01 1987)EventPope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish-born Carmelite nun who was gassed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.
May 1st, 1983 (May 01 1983)EventGreek composer Mikis Theodorakis is awarded the Lenin Peace Prize.
May 1st, 1982 (May 01 1982)EventThe 1982 World s Fair opens in Knoxville, Tennessee.
May 1st, 1982 (May 01 1982)EventOperation Black Buck begins. The RAF attack on the Argentine Air Force during Falklands War.
May 1st, 1978 (May 01 1978)EventJapan s Naomi Uemura, travelling by dog sled, becomes the first person to reach the North Pole alone.
May 1st, 1977 (May 01 1977)Event36 people are killed in Taksim Square, Istanbul, during the Labour Day celebrations.
May 1st, 1971 (May 01 1971)EventAmtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) is formed to take over U.S. passenger rail service.
May 1st, 1970 (May 01 1970)EventProtests erupt in Seattle, Washington, following the announcement by U.S. President Richard Nixon that U.S. Forces in Vietnam would pursue enemy troops into Cambodia, a neutral country.
May 1st, 1965 (May 01 1965)EventBattle of Dong-Yin, a naval conflict between ROC and PRC, takes place.
May 1st, 1961 (May 01 1961)EventThe Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaims Cuba a socialist nation and abolishes elections.Fidel Castro Quotes
May 1st, 1960 (May 01 1960)EventFormation of the western Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra.
May 1st, 1960 (May 01 1960)EventCold War: U-2 Crisis - Francis Gary Powers, in a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, is shot down over the Soviet Union, sparking a diplomatic crisis.
May 1st, 1956 (May 01 1956)EventThe polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.Jonas Salk Quotes
May 1st, 1956 (May 01 1956)EventA doctor in Japan reports an "epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system", marking the official discovery of Minamata disease.
May 1st, 1950 (May 01 1950)EventGuam is organized as a United States commonwealth.
May 1st, 1948 (May 01 1948)EventThe Democratic People s Republic of Korea (North Korea) is established, with Kim Il-sung as president.
May 1st, 1946 (May 01 1946)EventStart of 3 year Pilbara strike of Indigenous Australians.
May 1st, 1946 (May 01 1946)EventThe Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy.
May 1st, 1945 (May 01 1945)EventWorld War II: A German newsreader officially announces that Adolf Hitler has "fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancellery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and for Germany".Adolf Hitler Quotes
May 1st, 1941 (May 01 1941)EventWorld War II: German forces launch Operation Mercury the largest airborne invasion to date in their bid to capture Crete.
May 1st, 1941 (May 01 1941)EventWorld War II: German forces launch a major attack on Tobruk.
May 1st, 1940 (May 01 1940)EventThe 1940 Summer Olympics are cancelled due to war.
May 1st, 1931 (May 01 1931)EventThe Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City.
May 1st, 1930 (May 01 1930)EventThe dwarf planet Pluto is officially named.
May 1st, 1927 (May 01 1927)EventThe first cooked meals on a scheduled flight are introduced on an Imperial Airways flight from London to Paris.
May 1st, 1927 (May 01 1927)EventThe Union Labor Life Insurance Company is founded by the American Federation of Labor.
May 1st, 1925 (May 01 1925)EventThe All-China Federation of Trade Unions is officially foundedied in Today it is the largest trade union in the world, with 134 million members.
May 1st, 1915 (May 01 1915)EventThe 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.
May 1st, 1901 (May 01 1901)EventThe Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo, New York.
May 1st, 1900 (May 01 1900)EventThe Scofield mine disaster kills 200 in Scofield, Utah in what is to date the fifth-worst mining accident in United States history.
May 1st, 1898 (May 01 1898)EventSpanish-American War: The Battle of Manila Baythe United States Navy destroys the Spanish Pacific fleet in the first battle of the war.
May 1st, 1894 (May 01 1894)EventCoxey s Army, the first significant American protest march, arrives in Washington, D.C.
May 1st, 1893 (May 01 1893)EventThe World s Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago.
May 1st, 1886 (May 01 1886)EventThe Haymarket riots in Haymarket Square in Chicago, Illinois are the start of the general strike which eventually wins the eight-hour workday in the United States. These events are today commemorated as May Day or Labour Day in most industrialized countries.
May 1st, 1884 (May 01 1884)EventProclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States.
May 1st, 1869 (May 01 1869)EventThe Folies Bergere opens in Paris.
May 1st, 1863 (May 01 1863)EventAmerican Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville begins.
May 1st, 1852 (May 01 1852)EventThe Philippine peso is introduced into circulation.
May 1st, 1851 (May 01 1851)EventThe Great Exhibition opens in London by Queen Victoria.
May 1st, 1848 (May 01 1848)EventThe Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
May 1st, 1846 (May 01 1846)EventThe few remaining Mormons left in Nauvoo, Illinois, formally dedicated the Nauvoo Temple.
May 1st, 1840 (May 01 1840)EventThe Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom.
May 1st, 1834 (May 01 1834)EventThe British colonies abolish slavery.
May 1st, 1786 (May 01 1786)EventOpening night of the opera The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Vienna, Austria.Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Quotes
May 1st, 1785 (May 01 1785)EventKamehameha, the king of Hawai?i defeats Kalanikupule and establishes the Kingdom of Hawai?i.
May 1st, 1778 (May 01 1778)EventAmerican Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
May 1st, 1776 (May 01 1776)EventEstablishment of the Illuminati in Ingolstadt (Upper Bavaria), by Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt.
May 1st, 1753 (May 01 1753)EventPublication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.
May 1st, 1751 (May 01 1751)EventThe first cricket match is played in America.
May 1st, 1707 (May 01 1707)EventThe Act of Union joins the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.
May 1st, 1576 (May 01 1576)EventStefan Batory, the reigning Prince of Transylvania, marries Anna Jagiellon and they become the co-rulers of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
May 1st, 1328 (May 01 1328)EventWars of Scottish Independence end: Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton - the Kingdom of England recognises the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.
May 1st, 0305 (May 01 0305)EventDiocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman Emperor.

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