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Interesting historical events that occurred on May 1…

April 30, 2012

May 1.  2012.  244 days left this year.  Here’s what we have for today, in history:

1753 – Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.

1776 – Establishment of the Illuminati in Ingolstadt (Upper Bavaria), by Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt.

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Joseph Goebbels

1778 – American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.

1862 – American Civil War: The Union Army completes the Capture of New Orleans.

1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville begins.

1884 – Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States.

1884 – Moses Fleetwood Walker became the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States.

1885 – The original Chicago Board of Trade Building opened for business.

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.

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.

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.

1901 – The Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo, New York.

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.

1930 – The dwarf planet Pluto is officially named.

1931 – The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City.

1940 – The 1940 Summer Olympics are cancelled due to war.

1945 – World War II: A German newsreader officially announces that Adolf Hitler has “fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancellery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and for Germany”.

1950 – Guam is organized as a United States commonwealth.

1956 – The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.

1961 – The Prime Minister of CubaFidel 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.

1982 – The 1982 World’s Fair opens in Knoxville, Tennessee.

1989 – Disney-MGM Studios opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.

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.

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”.

2007 – The Los Angeles May Day mêlée occurs, in which the Los Angeles Police Department‘s response to a May Day pro-immigration rally become a matter of controversy.

2011 – Barack Obama announces that Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks is killed by United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Due to the time difference between the United States and Pakistan, bin Laden was killed on May 2 in Pakistan.


1852 – Calamity Jane, American Wild West performer (d. 1903)

1916 – Glenn Ford, Canadian actor (d. 2006)

1918 – Jack Paar, American television host (d. 2004)

1930 – Richard Riordan, American politician, former mayor of Los Angeles

1945 – Rita Coolidge, American singer

1967 – Tim McGraw, American musician


1945 – Joseph GoebbelsNazi Minister of Propaganda (b. 1897)




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