About May 1

May 1, 2024 is the 122nd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 244 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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

What Happened On May 1

  • 305
    Diocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman Emperor.
  • 1576
    Stefan Batory, the reigning Prince of Transylvania, marries Anna Jagiellon and they become the co-rulers of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • 1844
    Hong Kong Police Force, the world’s second, Asia’s first modern police force is established.
  • 1851
    Queen Victoria opens the Great Exhibition in London.
  • 1852
    The Philippine peso is introduced into circulation.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The Union Army completes the Capture of New Orleans.
  • 1865
    The Empire of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay sign the Treaty of the Triple Alliance
  • 1875
    Alexandra Palace reopens after the 1873 fire burnt it down.
  • 1884
    Moses Fleetwood Walker became the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States.
  • 1886
    Rallies are held throughout the United States demanding the eight-hour work day culminating in the Haymarket Affair.
  • 1893
    The World’s Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago.
  • 1901
    The Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo, New York.
  • 1927
    The Union Labor Life Insurance Company is founded by the American Federation of Labor.
  • 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.
  • 1982
    The 1982 World’s Fair opens in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • 1987
    Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish-born Carmelite nun who was gassed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.
  • 1989
    Disney-MGM Studios opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.
  • 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.
  • 2011
    Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.

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