May 1: Day of the Week
May 1, 2023 is the 121st day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 244 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Monday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is lundi.
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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Taurus is the zodiac 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.
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May 1 Historical Event(s)
- 1786Opening night of the opera The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Vienna, Austria.
- 1885The original Chicago Board of Trade Building opened for business.
- 1901The Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo, New York.
- 1940The 1940 Summer Olympics are cancelled due to war.
- 1946The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy.
- 1948The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) is established, with Kim Il-sung as leader.
- 1961The Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaims Cuba a socialist nation and abolishes elections.
- 1974The Argentine terrorist organization Montoneros is expulsed from Plaza de Mayo by president Juan Perón.
- 1982The 1982 World’s Fair opens in Knoxville, Tennessee.
- 1987Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish-born Carmelite nun who was gassed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.
Who were born on May 1?
- 1585Sophia Olelkovich Radziwill, Belarusian saint (d. 1612)
- 1738King Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii (d. 1819)
- 1829Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys, English Pre-Raphaelite painter (d. 1904)
- 1913Walter Susskind, Czech conductor (d. 1980)
- 1919Lewis Hill, American pacifist and founder of Pacifica Radio (d. 1957)
- 1929Ralf Dahrendorf, German-born sociologist and politician (d. 2009)
- 1930Little Walter, American blues singer (d. 1968)
- 1955Martin O'Donnell, American composer
- 1975Alexey Smertin, Russian footballer
- 1976Darius McCrary, American actor
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