526 (Earthquake) Antioch, Byzantine Empire (Turkey) May 1
May 1 is Law Day, begun in 1958. "A national day set
aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how
law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms
that all Americans share."
1951 - Great Exhibition opened in the Crystal Palace in London
with over 10,000 exhibitors.
1941 - Citizen Kane debuted at the RKO Palace Theater in New
1960 - American U-2 spy plane shot down over the Soviet Union.
1983 - V miniseries began broadcasting on NBC
2011 - Osama bin Laden was reported killed by U.S. forces
1670 - Hudson's Bay Company was chartered by King Charles
II of England.
1960 - Dick Clark concluded his second day of testimony in
the Payola scandal, saving his career. "Believe me this
is not as unusual as it may seem. I think the crime I have
committed, if any, is that I made a great deal of money in
a short time on little investment. But that is the record
1965 - The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on
The Ed Sullivan Show.
1982 - The Weather Channel began broadcasting in the US
2008 - Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar
2008 - Marvel's Iron Man was released in theaters.
1951 - The Senate Armed Forces and Foreign Relations Committees
began hearings of General Douglas MacArthur.
1952 - Flying US Air Force C-47, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph
O. Fletcher and Lieutenant Colonel William P. Benedict becme
the first to land a plane on the North Pole.
1977 - British journalist David Frost interviewed former President
1980 - 13-year-old Cari Lightner of Fair Oaks, California,
was hit and killed by a drunk driver. Her mother, Candy Lightner,
later founded the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving
1986 - 54-year-old Willie Shoemaker, riding 18:1shot Ferdinand,
becamethe oldest jockey ever to win the Kentucky Derby
1991- The final episode of Dallas was broadcast on the CBS
network; it was resurrected 21 years later on TNT.
2007 - Nearly 4 year old Madeleine McCann of Rothley, England,
disappeared during a family vacation at a resort in southern
May 4 is Star Wars Day. "May the Fourth be with you."
1886 - A labor protest in Haymarket Square in Chicago, Illinois
resulted in 100 wounded and 8 police officers killed.
1948 - Norman Mailer's first novel, The Naked and the Dead,
1970 - Jeffrey Glenn Miller, Allison B. Krause, William Knox
Schroeder and Sandra Lee Scheuer were killed by National Guard
troops at Ohio's Kent state campus.
1990 - Jesse Tafero was executed in Florida after his electric
chair malfunctioned three times, causing his hair & head
to catch fire.
1821 - Corsica-born Napoleon Bonaparte died as a British prisoner
on the remote island of Saint Helena in the southern Atlantic
1862 - General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated a French army led
by General Charles Latrille de Lorencez that was attempting
to capture Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central
Mexico. This was the initial Cinco de Mayo cause for celebration.
1961 - Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. was launched
into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, the first American
astronaut to travel into space.
2002 - Spider-Man was released and became the fastest movie
ever to earn more than $100 million at the box office, raking
in $114.8 million by Sunday, May
1840 (Tornado) Natchez, Mississippi
1933 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive
order creating the Works Progress Administration (WPA)
1937 - The Hindenburg exploded over Lakehurst, New Jersey,
killing 36 passengers and crewmembers.
1954 - Roger Bannister broke four-minute mile (3:59.4) at
the Iffley Road Track in Oxford, England
1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on the Milton Berle Show
1984 - Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer,
collectively called Spinal Tap, performed at CBGB's in NYC.
2013 - Michelle Knight, Amada Berry and Gina DeJesus were
freed after being held for years in the home of Ariel Castro.
1896 - Dr. H. H. Holmes, one of America's first well-known
serial killers, was hanged to death in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Over 200 bodies were found in his property.
1902 (Volcano) Mount Pelee (Mount Pele), Martinique
1915 - A German U-boat sank the Lusitania
1994 - Norway's most famous painting, 'The Scream' by Edvard
Munch (1893), was recovered almost three months after it was
stolen from a museum in Oslo.
1998 - Germany's Daimler-Benz announced the purchase of the
Chrysler Corporation, forming DaimlerChrysler AG. It was sold
again in 2006, forming Chrysler LLC.
1902 (Tornado) Goliad, Texas
1945 - V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day) was celebrated in America
and Great Britain.
1963 - Dr No, starring Sean Connery, opened in theaters.
1984 - The Soviet Union announced that they were boycotting
the 1984 Olympics.
2010 - Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live, thanks to a
push by fans on Facebook. She won an Emmy for her appearance.
1887 - Buffalo Bill's Wild West show opened in London, England.
1914 - Although referred to since the late 1800s, US President
Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Mother's Day holiday on
1950 - L. Ron Hubbard (Lafayette Ronald Hubbard) published
Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
1955 - Harpo Marx appeared on a very special I Love Lucy Episode
1960 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the
world's first commercially produced birth-control bill-Enovid-10.
1961 - Newton Minow, Chairman of the Federal Communications
Commission, referred to television as the "vast wasteland"
1992- The Golden Girls aired their series finale.
1869 - Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads completed
the Transcontinental Railroad.
1877 - US President Rutherford B. Hayes has the White House's
first telephone installed in the 'telegraph room.'
1924 - J. Edgar Hoover as named acting director of the Bureau
of Investigation (now the FBI).
1980 - The US Government gave Chrysler a $1.5 billion loan.
1994 - Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was sworn in as the first
black president of South Africa.
1942 - Go Down, Moses, by William Faulkner, was published
1947 - B.F. Goodrich Co. announced the development of tubeless
1950 - Evelyn and Paul Trent took the McMinnville UFO photographs
1953 (Tornado) Waco, Texas
1980 - Bob Marley died from lung cancer
1996 - Captain Planet and The Planeteer series came to an
1997 - IBM's supercomputer Deep Blue defeated chess champion
1932 - The body of the Lindbergh baby was found less than
a mile from the Lindbergh home in Hopewell, New Jersey.
1963 - Bob Dylan walked out on The Ed Sullivan Show before
his planned appearance over the lyrics to the song he would
perform: 'Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues.'
1993- The Wonder Years television series came to an end
1995 - Day time soap opera As The World Turns aired its 10,000th
2008 (Earthquake) Sichuan, China
1607 - English in Virginia founded Jamestown, the first permanent
English settlement in North America.
1972 - A fire at the Playtown Cabaret nightclub in Osaka,
Japan killed 118 people.
1973 - Bobby Riggs beat Margaret Court in a $10,000 winner-take-all
challenge tennis match. Billie Jean King played him on September
20, 1973 and won the second BATTLE OF THE SEXES.
1981 - Pope John Paul II was shot by Mehmet Ali Agca.
1985 - Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode ordered police to
raid the MOVE headquarters, and a small bomb was detonated
on top of 6221 Osage Avenue. Six adults and five children
were killed in the fire that destroyed the entire block.
1796 - Edward Jenner, a doctor from Gloucestershire, England
successfully tested his vaccination for smallpox.
1804 - Lewis and Clark expedition left St. Louis, Missouri,
on a mission to explore the Northwest from the Mississippi
River to the Pacific Ocean.
1842 - Alfred Lord Tennyson published Poems.
1948 - In Tel Aviv, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion
proclaimed the State of Israel
1955 - The Warsaw Pact was signed between the Soviet Union,
Albania, Poland, Romania, Hungary, East Germany, Czechoslovakia,
and Bulgaria in response to the west's North Atlantic Treaty
1973 - Skylab as launched
1998 - 76.3 million people tuned in for the series finale
1998 - Celebrity Deathmatch premiered on MTV
1793 - Diego Marín Aguilera flew a glider for approximately
1,000 feet during one of the first attempted manned flights,
1800 - President John Adams ordered the new US federal government
to leave Philadelphia and move to the nation's new capital
in Washington DC.
1862 - President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill into law creating
the United States Bureau of Agriculture. It was later renamed
the United States Department of Agriculture.
1895 - A guesstimated F5 tornado hit Sherman, Texas and killed
1942 - Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAACs) was formed, granting
women official military status.
2001 - The final Friends episode aired on NBC, titled "The
One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding"
1964 - Motown Records got its first #1 hit with 'My Guy' by
1983 - The concert special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
was broadcast by NBC; Michael Jackson performed his "moonwalk"
dance for the first time on television
1996 - 12 million people tuned in for the series finale of
Murder, She Wrote on CBS. The show was the longest running
American Murder-Mystery drama
1998 - Unsolved Mysteries true-crime series ended.
2014 - Broadcast journalist and TV personality Barbara Walters
retired from ABC News and from daytime program 'The View.'
1536 - The annulment of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn's marriage.
1792 - The New York Stock Exchange was formed
1954 - The US Supreme Court handed down an unanimous decision
in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial
segregation in public educational facilities was unconstitutional.
1965 - Written in 1955, the FBI Laboratory, after a formal
investigation that began in 1964, declared the lyrics of "Louie
Louie" to be officially "Unintelligible at any speed."
1970 - Thor Heyerdahl and a multinational crew set out from
Morocco across the Atlantic Ocean in Ra II in 57 days.
2000 - The final episode of Beverly Hills 90210 aired on FOX.
2004 - The first legal same-sex marriages in the US were performed
in the state of Massachusetts.
1946 - A UFO, with living creatures inside, was reported by
Gosta Carlsson, in Sweden.
1958 - Team Lotus made its Formula One debut in the Monaco
1980 (Volcano Eruption) Mount St. Helens in Washington erupted
with a 5.1 magnitude, causing a massive avalanche and killed
1980 - Ian Curtis of post-punk band Joy Division committed
suicide. The remaining members went on to form New Order.
1998 - Murphy Brown TV series ended on CBS.
2001 - Based on William Steig's 1990 children's book, Shrek
was released in movie theaters.
1965 - Pete Townshend wrote "My Generation" today,
his 20th birthday on a train. He was on a train because his
car, a 1935 Packard hearse, was ordered away by the Queen.
1994 - In Living Color (FOX) and L.A. Law (NBC) came to an
1996 - Sundance Channel made its debut.
1997 - Avian flu, A(H5N1), killed a three-year-old boy in
Hong Kong, its first victim.
2006 - The Da Vinci Code opened in theaters.
2009 - Glee premiered on FOX
1873 - Levi Strauss patented copper-riveted jeans, designed
to help prevent tears in the fabric.
1927 - American aviator Charles A. Lindbergh took off from
Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York, on the world's first
solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean (New York to
1957 - Pilot Milton Torres was ordered to intercept a UFO
over East Anglia, UK
1993 - 80 million people watched the series finale of Cheers
1994- The Joan Rivers Show (FOX) came to an end
1995 - Star Search (syndicated) came to an end.
1995 - Pennsylvania Avenue, in front of the White House, was
closed to traffic
1996 - NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air series came to an
1997 - Roseanne series came to an end on ABC
2003 - America's Next Top Model premiered on UPN
1975 - Carol Burnett was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1992- The first episode of The Real World aired on MTV
1992- The final episode of MacGyver aired on ABC
1999- All My Children actress Susan Lucci finally received
an Emmy award for her role as Erica Kane. She had been previously
nominated a record 18 times with no win.
2008 - David Cook won American Idol season seven
1455 - England's War of the Roses began when the Yorkists
defeated King Henry VI's Lancastrian forces at St. Albans.
1927 (Earthquake) Gulang/Gansu, China
1960 (Earthquake) Chile killed 5,000 and left 2,000,000 homeless.
1992 - Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the last
1993- NBC broadcasted the graduation episode (series finale)
for Saved By The Bell
1995- Blossom came to an end on NBC
2011 (Tornado) Joplin, Missouri
1934 - Bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde ere shot to death in
stolen Ford Deluxe near Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
1960 (Tsunami) Caused by yesterday's earthquake off the coast
of Chile, a tsunami travelled across the Pacific Ocean and
killed 61 people in Hilo, Hawaii.
1994 - Star Trek: The Next Generation aired its final episode
titled "All Good Things". It aired at 6pm rather
than being part of the prime-time line-up
1995 - ABC's Full House came to an end
2005 - Tom Cruise famously jumped around on Oprah Winfrey's
couch, proclaiming his love for Katie Holmes
2007 - Jordin Sparks won America Idol season six
2012 - Phillip Phillips won American Idol season eleven
1775 - John Hancock was elected president of the Second Continental
1884 - Samuel F.B. Morse sent the first public telegraph message
- "What Hath God Wrought?" through the Washington-to-Baltimore
1883 - The Brooklyn Bridge over the East River opened, connecting
Manhattan and Brooklyn.
1935 - The Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies
2-1 in Major League Baseball's first-ever night game at Crosley
Field in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1943 - Josef Mengele, the "Angel of Death" began
working at the Auschwitz, Poland concentration camp.
1991 - Thelma and Louise, starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon,
was released. Their car was a 1966 Ford Thunderbird.
1995 - ABC made the announcement that an episode of All My
Children was deleted from broadcast due to the recent Oklahoma
City bombing. In the storyline a character was supposed to
explode a church in which her ex was re-marrying.
2006 - Taylor Hicks won American Idol season five
1935 - At Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Babe Ruth
hit his 714th (and final) home run.
1977 - Star Wars opened Memorial Day weekend, marking the
biggest entertainment juggernaut in modern popular culture.
1977 - Chinese government removed the ban on the works of
William Shakespeare, the biggest entertainment juggernaut
in the Elizabethan era.
1992 - Jay Leno made his debut as the new host of The Tonight
1994 - George Swanson was buried in Brush Creek Cemetery,
in the driver's seat of his 1984 white Corvette in Hempfield
1996 - Sublime singer/guitarist Bradley Nowel died from a
heroin overdose. He was not 27
2005 - Carrie Underwood won season four of America Idol on
2011- Oprah Winfrey hosted the final episode of her her daytime
1293 (Eartquake) Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, killing about
1869 - Boston University was chartered by the Commonwealth
1896 - Charles Dow published the first edition of the Dow
Jones Industrial Average.
1897 - Bram Stoker's Dracula novel began being sold in the
1917 (Tornadoes) Matoon and Charlestown Illinois
1977 - George Willig illegally climbed the South Tower of
New York City's World Trade Center.
1990 - The final episode of The Tracey Ullman Show aired on
2012 - Planet Green became Destination America on cable television
In 1994, the National League and American League Baseball
M.V.P.s were Jeff Bagwell and Frank Thomas, respectively.
Jeff and Frank were both born on the exact same day: May 27,
1896 (Tornado) St. Louis and East St. Louis, Missouri
1937 - The Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco with
Marin County, California opened. Today was "Pedestrian
Day" - cars were allowed the following day.
1941 - The British navy sank the German battleship Bismarck
in the North Atlantic near France, killing over 2,000 Germans.
1963 - Bob Dylan's second album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan,
1983 - Benton Fireworks Disaster, Tennessee
1994- The Arsenio Hall Show came to an end on FOX
585 BC - A solar eclipse occurred, as predicted by the Greek
philosopher and scientist Thales. Knowing this exact date
helped historians find other exact and near exact historical
1830 - US President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal
Act which relocated Native Americans.
1892 - In San Francisco, California, John Muir organized the
1902 - Owen Wister's The Virginian was published by Macmillan
Press. The book made the American Cowboy an icon.
1935 - John Steinbeck's first successful novel, Tortilla Flat,
1937 - Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens
mbH, later renamed Volkswagenwerk, or Volkswagon was founded.
1964 - The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was formed.
1987 - Matthias Rust, a 19-year-old amateur pilot from West
Germany, took off from Helsinki, Finland, in his Cessna, and
landed in Red Square, the heart of the Soviet Union.
1998 - Former Saturday Night Live actor and comedian Phil
Hartman was shot and killed by his wife Brynn, in a murder/suicide.
1999 - In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work,
Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece The Last Supper was put back
on display. It is bigger than most people think - it is life
size, almost 29 feet wide.
1453 - Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih captured
Constantinople after a 53-day siege, commonly referred to
as The Fall of Constantinople.
1790 - Rhode Island was the last of the original United States'
colonies to ratify the Constitution and was admitted as the
13th US state.
1914 - Heavy fog caused a collision between cruise ship Empress
of Ireland and coal freighter, the Storstad on the St. Lawrence
River in Canada that killed 1,073 people, mostly tourist passengers
on the Empress.
1953 - Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a
Sherpa of Nepal, became the first explorers to reach the summit
of Mount Everest, which is at 29,035 feet above sea level.
1954 - First of the annual Bilderberg conferences was held
in the Hotel de Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, Netherlands.
1979 - Actor Woody Harrelson's father, Charles Harrelson,
was charged with the murder of Judge John Wood.
2004 - The National World War II Memorial was dedicated in
1431 - At Rouen, Normandy, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake
1631 - Gazette de France, the first French newspaper, began
1806 - Future US President Andrew Jackson participated in
a duel, killing Charles Dickinson. Dickinson shot first, wounding
Jackson, but Jackson's shot at Dockinson was fatal. Most of
Andrew Jackson's duels were for the questioned honor of his
1911 - The inaugural Indianapolis 500 was run at the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway in Indiana.
1966 - Launch of Surveyor 1, the first US spacecraft to land
on an extraterrestrial body (the Moon).
2008 - The film version of HBO's comedy series Sex and the
City, starring Sarah Jessica Parker was released.
1859 - Big Ben, located at the top London's 320-foot-high
St. Stephen's Tower, began operating.
1889 - Johnston, Pennsylvania Flood
1935 (Earthquake) British India (Pakistan)
1970 (Earthquake) Yungay, Peru
1977 - The Sex Pistol's 'God Save The Queen" was banned
from performing on the BBC.
1997 - Singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley drowned while swimming
in his pool. He was not 27.
2000 - Survivor premiered on CBS
2005 - W. Mark Felt's family announced that assistant FBI
director Felt, was in fact, "Deep Throat" - the
insider who told reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
the details about President Nixon's Watergate scandal.
2006 - The Hills premiered on MTV