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.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.
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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)
- 1751The first cricket match is played in America.
- 1776Establishment of the Illuminati in Ingolstadt (Upper Bavaria), by Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt.
- 1778American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
- 1844Hong Kong Police Force, the world’s second, Asia’s first modern police force is established.
- 1915The 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.
- 1950Guam is organized as a United States commonwealth.
- 197736 people are killed in Taksim Square, Istanbul, during the Labour Day celebrations.
- 1978Japan’s Naomi Uemura, travelling by dog sled, becomes the first person to reach the North Pole alone.
- 1991Rickey 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.
- 2008The London Agreement on translation of European patents, concluded in 2000, enters into force in 14 of the 34 Contracting States to the European Patent Convention.
Who were born on May 1?
- 1901Heinz Eric Roemheld, American film composer (d. 1985)
- 1912Otto Kretschmer, German U-Boat commander (d. 1998)
- 1917Danielle Darrieux, French singer and actress
- 1918Jack Paar, American television host (d. 2004)
- 1937Una Stubbs, English actress
- 1954Joel Rosenberg, science fiction author
- 1957Kow Otani, Japanese composer
- 1977Vera Lischka, Austrian swimmer, politician
- 1986Adam Casey, Australian footballer
- 1991Creagen Dow, American actor
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