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 York
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 in Pakistan.
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 business."
1965 - The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on The Ed Sullivan
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 (MADD)
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 Portugal.
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, was published.
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 Ocean.
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
1963 - Dr No, starring Sean Connery, opened in theaters.
1984 - The Soviet Union announced that they were boycotting the 1984
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 this date.
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
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 tire.
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 end.
1997 - IBM's supercomputer Deep Blue defeated chess champion Garry
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 episode
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
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
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 Organization (NATO).
1973 - Skylab as launched
1998 - 76.3 million people tuned in for the series finale of Seinfeld
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, in Spain.
1800 - President John Adams ordered the new US federal government
to leave Philadelphia and move to the nation's new capital in Washington
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 73
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 Mary Wells.
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
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 Grand Prix.
1980 (Volcano Eruption) Mount St. Helens in Washington erupted with
a 5.1 magnitude, causing a massive avalanche and killed 57 people.
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 end
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 Paris.)
1957 - Pilot Milton Torres was ordered to intercept a UFO over East
1993 - 80 million people watched the series finale of Cheers on NBC
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
1996 - NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air series came to an end
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 time
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,
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
1992 - Jay Leno made his debut as the new host of The Tonight Show.
1994 - George Swanson was buried in Brush Creek Cemetery, in the driver's
seat of his 1984 white Corvette in Hempfield County, Pennsylvania.
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 FOX.
2011- Oprah Winfrey hosted the final episode of her her daytime show.
1293 (Eartquake) Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, killing about 30,000.
1869 - Boston University was chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
1896 - Charles Dow published the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial
1897 - Bram Stoker's Dracula novel began being sold in the UK.
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 FOX
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, 1968.
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, was released.
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 dates.
1830 - US President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which
relocated Native Americans.
1892 - In San Francisco, California, John Muir organized the Sierra
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, was
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
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
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 Washington,
1431 - At Rouen, Normandy, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for
1631 - Gazette de France, the first French newspaper, began publication.
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 wife, Rachel.
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