About May 1

May 1, 2020 is the 122nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 244 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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

What Happened On May 1

  • 1751
    The first cricket match is played in America.
  • 1759
    Josiah Wedgwood founds the Wedgwood pottery company in Great Britain.
  • 1778
    American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
  • 1785
    Kamehameha I, the king of Hawaii, defeats Kalanikupule and establishes the Kingdom of Hawaii.
  • 1844
    Hong Kong Police Force, the world’s second, Asia’s first modern police force is established.
  • 1869
    The Folies Bergère opens in Paris.
  • 1885
    The original Chicago Board of Trade Building opened for business.
  • 1894
    Coxey’s Army, the first significant American protest march, arrives in Washington, D.C.
  • 1898
    Spanish-American War: The Battle of Manila Bay – the United States Navy destroys the Spanish Pacific fleet in the first battle of the war.
  • 1901
    The Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo, New York.
  • 1927
    The first cooked meals on a scheduled flight are introduced on an Imperial Airways flight from London to Paris.
  • 1945
    The Yugoslav partisans free Trieste.
  • 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.
  • 1956
    A doctor in Japan reports an “epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system”, marking the official discovery of Minamata disease.
  • 1956
    The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.
  • 1957
    34 of 35 people aboard are killed when a Vickers Viking airliner crashed in Hampshire England.
  • 1961
    The Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaims Cuba a socialist nation and abolishes elections.
  • 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.
  • 1971
    Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) takes over operation of U.S. passenger rail service.
  • 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.

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