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Friday May 1, 2020

May 1: Day of the Week

May 1, 2020 was the 122nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 244 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.

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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)

  • 1328
    Wars of Scottish Independence end: Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton – the Kingdom of England recognises the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.
  • 1884
    Moses Fleetwood Walker became the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States.
  • 1884
    Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States.
  • 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.
  • 1940
    The 1940 Summer Olympics are cancelled due to war.
  • 1941
    World War II: German forces launch a major attack on Tobruk.
  • 1944
    200 Communist prisoners are shot by the Germans at Kaisariani in Athens as reprisals for the killing of General Franz Krech by partisans at Molaoi
  • 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.
  • 1960
    Cold War: U-2 incident – Francis Gary Powers, in a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, is shot down over the Soviet Union, sparking a diplomatic crisis.
  • 2006
    The Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.

Who were born on May 1?

  • 1594
    John Haynes, Massachusetts colonial magistrate
  • 1769
    Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Anglo-Irish statesman (d. 1852)
  • 1827
    Jules Breton, French painter (d. 1906)
  • 1852
    Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1934)
  • 1917
    Danielle Darrieux, French singer and actress
  • 1930
    Richard Riordan, American politician, former mayor of Los Angeles
  • 1940
    Bobbie Ann Mason, American novelist and literary critic
  • 1940
    Elsa Peretti, Italian jewelry designer
  • 1960
    Steve Cauthen, American jockey
  • 1987
    Glen Coffee, American football player

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