About May 1

May 1, 2021 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.

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Taurus is the sun 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.

What Happened On May 1

  • 1328
    Wars of Scottish Independence end: Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton – the Kingdom of England recognises the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.
  • 1576
    Stefan Batory, the reigning Prince of Transylvania, marries Anna Jagiellon and they become the co-rulers of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • 1778
    American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
  • 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.
  • 1846
    The few remaining Mormons left in Nauvoo, Illinois, formally dedicate the Nauvoo Temple.
  • 1893
    The World’s Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago.
  • 1915
    The 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.
  • 1925
    The first Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer is held at the University of Toronto, Canada.
  • 1931
    The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City.
  • 1933
    The Roca-Runciman Treaty between Argentina and Great Britain is signed by Julio Argentino Roca, Jr., and Sir Walter Runciman.
  • 1941
    World War II: German forces launch a major attack on Tobruk.
  • 1945
    The Yugoslav partisans free Trieste.
  • 1945
    World 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”.
  • 1956
    A doctor in Japan reports an “epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system”, marking the official discovery of Minamata disease.
  • 1960
    Formation of the western Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra.
  • 1961
    The Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaims Cuba a socialist nation and abolishes elections.
  • 1990
    The former Philippine Episcopal Church (supervised by the Episcopal Church of the United States of America) is granted full autonomy and raised to the status of an Autocephalous Anglican Province and renamed the Episcopal Church of the Philippines.
  • 2004
    Cyprus, 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.
  • 2006
    The Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.
  • 2009
    Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden.

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