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Wednesday May 1, 2019

May 1: Day of the Week

May 1, 2019 is the 121st day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 244 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.

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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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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)

  • 1778
    American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1956
    The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.
  • 1977
    36 people are killed in Taksim Square, Istanbul, during the Labour Day celebrations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2004
    Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.

Who were born on May 1?

  • 1827
    Jules Breton, French painter (d. 1906)
  • 1830
    Guido Gezelle, Flemish poet and priest (d. 1899)
  • 1905
    Paul Desruisseaux, French Canadian lawyer, businessman and politician (d. 1982)
  • 1907
    Oliver Hill, civil rights attorney (d. 2007)
  • 1908
    Giovannino Guareschi, Italian journalist (d. 1968)
  • 1913
    Walter Susskind, Czech conductor (d. 1980)
  • 1947
    Sergio Infante, Chilean poet and writer
  • 1957
    Kow Otani, Japanese composer
  • 1966
    Olaf Thon, German football player
  • 1997
    Ariel Gade, American actress

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