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

  • 1759
    Josiah Wedgwood founds the Wedgwood pottery company in Great Britain.
  • 1786
    Opening night of the opera The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Vienna, Austria.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville begins.
  • 1865
    The Empire of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay sign the Treaty of the Triple Alliance
  • 1869
    The Folies Bergère opens in Paris.
  • 1875
    Alexandra Palace reopens after the 1873 fire burnt it down.
  • 1893
    The World’s Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago.
  • 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.
  • 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
    The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.
  • 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.
  • 1971
    Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) takes over operation of U.S. passenger rail service.
  • 1994
    Three-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna is killed in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.
  • 1995
    Croatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence.
  • 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.
  • 2003
    2003 invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the “Mission Accomplished” speech, on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (off the coast of California), U.S. President George W. Bush declares that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended”.
  • 2009
    Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden.

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