1 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • King Rudolph I Germany, 1218
  • Joseph Addison, 1672
  • Arthur Wellesley Duke of Wellington, 1769
  • Mother Jones (Mary Harris Jones), 1830
  • Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Canary), 1852
  • General Mark Clark, 1896
  • Kate Smith, 1909
  • Louis Nye, 1913
  • Glenn Ford, 1916
  • Joseph Heller, 1923
  • Terry Southern, 1924
  • Scott Carpenter, 1925
  • Judy Collins, 1939
  • Rita Coolidge, 1944
  • Joanna Lumley, 1946

Died On This Day:

  • Pope Pius V, 1572
  • John Dryden, 1700
  • David Livingstone, 1873
  • Antonin Dvorak, 1904
  • Joseph Goebbels suicide, 1945
  • Spike Jones, 1965
  • Aram Khachaturian , 1978
  • Gordon Jenkins, 1984
  • Sergio Franchi, 1990
  • Eldridge Cleaver, 1998

Today's Events:

  • AD 305 - Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian abdicate; Galerius and Constantius succeed them.
  • 1169 - Normans invade Ireland at the behest of Dermot MacMurrough, King of Leinster.
  • 1704 - Print advertising first appears in the Boston News-Letter.
  • 1707 - England and Scotland joined under the name 'United Kingdom.' Union Jack adopted.
  • 1786 - Mozart's opera 'The Marriage of Figaro' first performed in Vienna.
  • 1819 - Freedom of the Press in France.
  • 1840 - World's first postage stamp, the Penny Black, goes on sale in England; invented by Rowland Hill.
  • 1851 - Great Exhibition opened by Queen Victoria at the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London. first trade fair.
  • 1863 - Union forces defeated by Confederates at Battle of Chancellorsville.
  • 1865 - Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay form alliance against Paraguay.
  • 1873 - America's first postcard with stamp printed on it issued - value 1˘.
  • 1876 - Queen Victoria proclaimed Empress of India.
  • 1884 - World's first skyscraper begins construction in Chicago-Home Insurance Co.
  • 1886 - National strikes in the US and Canada for an 8-hour day - origin of Mayday as working class holiday.
  • 1888 - Nikola Tesla patents seven inventions including his Electrical Transmission of Power, a new mode of transmission of alternating current.
  • 1893 - 3/4 of entire population of Chicago (70,000) attend opening of Columbian Exposition World's Fair.
  • 1898 - Victory of U.S. Navy under George Dewey over Spanish fleet at Battle of Manila Bay.
  • 1902 - In Paris, Georges Melies exhibits unique movie 'A Trip to the Moon'; first with special effects.
  • 1912 - Beverly Hills Hotel opens for business.
  • 1931 - Empire State Building, world's largest, opens; Pres Hoover lights lobby from button in Oval Office.
  • 1931 - First Baha'i temple opens at Wilmette, Ill.
  • 1939 - Batman Detective Comics launched.
  • 1941 - Orson Welles' 'Citizen Kane' premieres at Radio City Music Hall.
  • 1945 - Berlin captured by Russians WWII.
  • 1960 - U.S. spy Francis Gary Powers shot down over Russia in a U2 spy plane over Sverdlovsk.
  • 1961 - First airplane skyjack by Antillo Ortiz. National Airlines twin-engine Convair flown to Havana.
  • 1965 - Beatles give their last live performance in England at Wembley Stadium.
  • 1967 - Elvis Presley marries Priscilla Beaulieu at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas; honeymoon in Palm Springs.
  • 1971 - Amtrak, the U.S. railroad passenger service, goes into service.
  • 1975 - A year after he beat Babe Ruth's homer record, Hank Aaron breaks RBI record of 2,209.
  • 2005 - Thai fishermen catch world's record Mekong giant catfish 9 feet long (2.7 meters) weighing 646 lbs; villagers ate it.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • James the Less and Philip
  • Peregrine Laziosi
  • Ultan
  • Brieuc
  • Joseph

Holiday:

  • Central American Tree Ceremony
  • Law Day and Loyalty Day in U.S
  • Day of Bona Dea
  • May Day
  • Morris Danegins
  • International Labor Day
  • Day of German Labor
  • Constitution Day in Austria
  • Day of Flowers in Greece
  • Maharashtra Day in India

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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