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

  • 1707
    The Act of Union joins the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.
  • 1778
    American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
  • 1851
    Queen Victoria opens the Great Exhibition in London.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The Union Army completes the Capture of New Orleans.
  • 1869
    The Folies Bergère opens in Paris.
  • 1885
    The original Chicago Board of Trade Building opened for business.
  • 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 All-China Federation of Trade Unions is officially founded. Today it is the largest trade union in the world, with 134 million members.
  • 1927
    The Union Labor Life Insurance Company is founded by the American Federation of Labor.
  • 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.
  • 1946
    The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1974
    The Argentine terrorist organization Montoneros is expulsed from Plaza de Mayo by president Juan Perón.
  • 1982
    The 1982 World’s Fair opens in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • 1995
    Croatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence.
  • 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”.
  • 2011
    Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.

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