About May 1

May 1, 2022 is the 121st day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 244 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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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 266 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 1

  • 1851
    Queen Victoria opens the Great Exhibition in London.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville begins.
  • 1869
    The Folies Bergère opens in Paris.
  • 1886
    Rallies are held throughout the United States demanding the eight-hour work day culminating in the Haymarket Affair.
  • 1900
    The Scofield mine disaster kills over 200 men in Scofield, Utah in what is to date the fifth-worst mining accident in United States history.
  • 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.
  • 1927
    The first cooked meals on a scheduled flight are introduced on an Imperial Airways flight from London to Paris.
  • 1931
    The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City.
  • 1946
    Start of 3 year Pilbara strike of Indigenous Australians.
  • 1947
    Portella della Ginestra massacre against May Day celebrations in Sicily by the bandit and separatist leader Salvatore Giuliano; 11 persons are killed and 33 wounded.
  • 1948
    The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) is established, with Kim Il-sung as leader.
  • 1950
    Guam is organized as a United States commonwealth.
  • 1960
    Formation of the western Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra.
  • 1970
    Protests 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.
  • 1982
    The 1982 World’s Fair opens in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1994
    Three-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna is killed in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.
  • 2001
    Philippine 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.
  • 2006
    The Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.

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