May 1: Day of the Week
May 1, 2022 was the 121st day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 244 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.
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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)
- 1328Wars of Scottish Independence end: Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton – the Kingdom of England recognises the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.
- 1753Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.
- 1894Coxey’s Army, the first significant American protest march, arrives in Washington, D.C.
- 1948The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) is established, with Kim Il-sung as leader.
- 1956The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.
- 1960Cold War: U-2 incident – Francis Gary Powers, in a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, is shot down over the Soviet Union, sparking a diplomatic crisis.
- 1961The Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaims Cuba a socialist nation and abolishes elections.
- 1965Battle of Dong-Yin, a naval conflict between ROC and PRC, takes place.
- 1994Three-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna is killed in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.
- 2011Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.
Who were born on May 1?
- 1225Jean de Joinville, French writer (d. 1317)
- 1582Marco da Gagliano, Italian composer (d. 1643)
- 1825Johann Jakob Balmer, Swiss mathetician (d. 1898)
- 1830Guido Gezelle, Flemish poet and priest (d. 1899)
- 1910Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Astronomer/astro-physicist; noted UFO investigator (d. 1986)
- 1919Dan O'Herlihy, Irish film actor (d. 2005)
- 1934Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, Mexican politician
- 1960Steve Cauthen, American jockey
- 1967Tim McGraw, American musician
- 1989Tim Urban, American singer
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