This Day in History: May 1st

Here are 10 interesting events that happened on May 1st throughout history:

  • 1851: The Great Exhibition opens in London, England. This was the first world’s fair, and it showcased the latest technological and industrial advancements from around the world.
  • 1886: A labor strike in Chicago, Illinois, turns violent, leading to the deaths of several workers. This event is commemorated each year as International Workers’ Day.
  • 1915: The RMS Lusitania, a British passenger liner, is sunk by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland. More than 1,100 people are killed, including 128 Americans.
  • 1931: The Empire State Building opens in New York City. At 1,250 feet tall, it is the tallest building in the world at the time.
  • 1941: The first Navajo code talkers are recruited by the U.S. Marines. These Native American soldiers used their native language to create a secret code that helped the Allies win World War II.
  • 1941: The film “Citizen Kane” premieres in New York City. This classic film is considered one of the greatest movies ever made.
  • 1958: President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaims May 1st as Law Day. This day is dedicated to celebrating the rule of law and the importance of an independent judiciary.
  • 1960: An American U-2 spy plane is shot down over the Soviet Union. This event sparks an international crisis and leads to the cancellation of a summit meeting between President Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
  • 1961: Fidel Castro bans elections in Cuba. Castro establishes a communist dictatorship that rules the island for more than 50 years.
  • 1997: The Labour Party wins a landslide victory in the British general election. This marks the end of 18 years of Conservative rule.

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One thought on “This Day in History: May 1st

  1. The sinking of the Lusitania brought America into WWI. Late to the party, most of the sacrifice had already been made by France, Britain and her colonies .

    Echoed by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. It’s a moving experience to visit the last resting place if the Arizona. And a lesson to military folks that ignoring the frantic warnings of spotters – because the brass thought that the incoming planes were their own being delivered from California – was literally a monumental blunder..

    Something the US and her allies seem to have perfected of late.

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