May 1: Day of the Week
May 1, 2019 was the 121st day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 244 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was 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.
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.
- 1778American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
- 1884Moses Fleetwood Walker became the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States.
- 1893The World’s Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago.
- 1925The All-China Federation of Trade Unions is officially founded. Today it is the largest trade union in the world, with 134 million members.
- 1945World 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”.
- 1946Start of 3 year Pilbara strike of Indigenous Australians.
- 195734 of 35 people aboard are killed when a Vickers Viking airliner crashed in Hampshire England.
- 1970Protests 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.
- 197736 people are killed in Taksim Square, Istanbul, during the Labour Day celebrations.
Who were born on May 1?
- 1825Johann Jakob Balmer, Swiss mathetician (d. 1898)
- 1830Guido Gezelle, Flemish poet and priest (d. 1899)
- 1850Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor General of Canada (d. 1942)
- 1940Bobbie Ann Mason, American novelist and literary critic
- 1944Suresh Kalmadi, Indian politician
- 1950John Diehl, American actor
- 1955Martin O'Donnell, American composer
- 1973Oliver Neuville, German footballer
- 1986Brent Stanton, Australian rules footballer
- 1988Nicholas Braun, American actor
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