Monday, May 23, 2022 (Week 21)

May 1 in History

What happened on May 1 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on may 1 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on may 1 in history.

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2011
Osama Bin Laden is killed in Abbottabad Pakistan by US Navy SEALS in Operation Neptune Spear.
1986
The Tass News Agency reports the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.
1970
Students from Kent State University riot in downtown Kent, Ohio, in protest of the American invasion of Cambodia.
1968
In the second day of battle, U.S. Marines, with the support of naval fire, continue their attack on a North Vietnamese Division at Dai Do.
1961
Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba.
1960
Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 spy plane is shot down over Russia.
1950
Gwendolyn Brooks becomes the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry called Annie Allen.
1948
North Korea is established.
1945
Martin Bormann, private secretary to Adolf Hitler, escapes the Fuehrerbunker as the Red Army advances on Berlin.
1944
The Messerschmitt Me 262, the first combat jet, makes its first flight.
1941
The film Citizen Kane–directed and starring Orson Welles–opens in New York.
1937
President Franklin Roosevelt signs an act of neutrality, keeping the United States out of World War II.
1934
The Philippine legislature accepts a U.S. proposal for independence.
1931
The Empire State Building opens in New York.
1927
Adolf Hitler holds his first Nazi meeting in Berlin.
1915
The luxury liner Lusitania leaves New York Harbor for a voyage to Europe.
1898
The U.S. Navy under Commodore George Dewey defeats the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Manila Bay in the Philippines.
1877
President Rutherford B. Hayes withdraws all Federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction.
1867
Reconstruction in the South begins with black voter registration.
1863
The Battle of Chancellorsville begins as Union Gen. Joe Hooker starts his three-pronged attack against Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
1805
The state of Virginia passes a law requiring all freed slaves to leave the state, or risk either imprisonment or deportation.
1486
Christopher Columbus convinces Queen Isabella to fund expedition to the West Indies.
1308
King Albert is murdered by his nephew John, because he refused his share of the Habsburg lands.