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In the Gregorian Calendar, May 1 is the 121th
(hundredth – twentieth first) day of the year.

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Quote of the Day…

In the social machine you have to be a motor, not a wheel, a personality, not a person.

— Santiago Ramón y Cajal
Spanish physician and researcher (born May 1, 1852).

Events that Happened “A Day as Today”

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Events that Happened “Such a Day as Today” / Image Credit: Gerd Altmann

May 1 – A Day as Today – Events

  • 305: in Rome, Diocletian and Maximian withdraw from the throne of the Roman Empire.
  • 1045: in Rome a conclave of bishops appoints Gregory VI pope.
  • 1212: 75 km north of Eilat (Israel) 30, 35.2, at 5:00 (local time) there is an earthquake with a magnitude between 8 and 9 on the Richter scale, which leaves records in Al Karak (Jordan , 140 km north-northeast), Jerusalem (Israel, 180 km north-northwest) and Cairo (Egypt, 380 km west) and a balance of “many” dead.
  • 1243: Alfonso X of León and II of Castile, while still an infant, reconquered the city of Murcia from the Muslims.
  • 1279: in Fantella (44.02, 11.82, 70 km northeast of Florence), in Italy, and 80 km northwest of San Marino, at 1:00 a.m. (local time) an earthquake of magnitude 6.2 in the Richter scale destroys all the surrounding villages.
  • 1285: in Spain, the Muslim troops of Ayyad Al-Asseni attack the castle of Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz), massacring a large number of Christian settlers, without achieving their conquest.
  • 1287: in Sicily, the forces of Roger de Lauria (of the Crown of Aragon) take the town and the castle of Augusta, which had been in the power of the kingdom of Naples.
  • 1312: an earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale occurs on the Sinai peninsula 28.5, 34 (Egypt), 50 km east of the Gulf of Suez and 45 km west of the Gulf of Fin.
  • 1328: in England, the first Scottish war of independence ends. In the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton, the king recognizes Scotland as an independent territory.
  • 1460: Europeans invade Cape Verde Island.
  • 1576: in Poland, Esteban I Báthory, the reigning prince of Transylvania, marries Anna Jagiellon and they both become regents of the Polish-Lithuanian kingdom.
  • 1582: in Pozzuoli, about 15 km west of Naples (Italy), an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 on the Richter scale occurs.
  • 1619 (3/17/0005 Genna era): in the city of Yatsushiro 32.5, 130.6 (Kumamoto prefecture, 120 km southeast of Nagasaki, Japan), at 12:00 local time a magnitude 6 earthquake occurs , 0 on the Richter scale. It is accompanied by a tsunami. Leaves “many dead.”
  • 1660: in England the Commonwealth ends and the monarchy is formed. Charles II of England ascends the throne.
  • 1699: in the valley of the Mississippi River (United States) Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville founds the first European settlement.
  • 1707: the Act of Union unites England-Wales with Scotland, to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.
  • 1751: the first game of cricket is played in the territory of the present United States.
  • 1753: in Sweden, the naturalist Carlos Linnaeus (1707-1778) publishes Species Plantarum, beginning the taxonomy of plants (which would later be adopted as an international code of botanical nomenclature).
  • 1775: in Vienna (Austria) the Botanical Garden opens for all public.
  • 1775: Georg Benda’s melodramatic opera Medea is premiered in Leipzig (Germany).
  • 1776: in Ingolstadt (Germany), Adam Weishaupt founds the Illuminati society.
  • 1786: in Vienna (Austria) the opera The Marriage of Figaro, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is premiered.
  • 1790: first census in the United States.
  • 1834: in the British Empire slavery is declared abolished.
  • 1840: The sale of the One Penny Black, the first international postage stamp (valid for six days) begins in the UK.
  • 1851: in London (United Kingdom) Queen Victoria inaugurates “The Great Exhibition”.
  • 1853: in Argentina the national Constitution is sanctioned.
  • 1854: near New York (United States) the passenger ship City of Glasgow sinks. 480 people die.
  • 1859: in Ecuador, Gabriel García Moreno is appointed president.
  • 1863: in the framework of the Civil War, the battle of Chancellorsville begins. Confederate forces (of General Robert E. Lee) defeat Union troops, led by General Joseph Hooker.
  • 1863: Léo Delibes’s opera The Gardener and His Lord is premiered at the Lyric Theater (Paris).
  • 1865 in Vienna (Austro-Hungarian Empire) the Emperor Franz Joseph I inaugurated the Ringstraße, 4 km long and 57 m wide.
  • 1869: in Paris (France) the Folies Bergères cabaret is inaugurated.
  • 1873 in Vienna (Austro-Hungarian Empire) the World Exhibition is inaugurated.
  • 1878: the pavilions of the World Exhibition are inaugurated in Paris.
  • 1882: in Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra gives its first concert.
  • 1884: in the United States the demand for the eight-hour workday is proclaimed.
  • 1886: in Chicago (United States) a general strike of workers begins to demand the eight-hour workday. This will lead to the Haymarket Riot three days later, on May 4. Due to these events, May 1 is celebrated as International Workers’ Day.
  • 1890: in Barcelona (Spain) the anarcho-syndicalist unions call a general strike to get the eight-hour working day. In Elche, the first May Day demonstration.
  • 1893: in Chicago (United States) the World Columbian Exposition of Chicago opens.
  • 1893: Buffalo Bill opens his first Wild West Show.
  • 1894: the “Army of Coxey”, the first American protest march, arrives in Washington DC.
  • 1898: in Manila Bay (United States), in the first battle of the Spanish-American War, the American fleet destroys the Spanish fleet in the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1900: in Scofield (Utah, United States) 200 workers die in one of the worst mining disasters in the history of that country.
  • 1906: in Buenos Aires (Argentina) the Club Atlético Chacarita Juniors is founded.
  • 1909: in Buenos Aires (Argentina), the police under the command of Ramón L. Falcón shot and killed 14 striking workers and wounded another 80 (organized by FORA). See Red Week 1909).
  • 1909: German officer Paul Graetz is the first person to cross the African continent by car.
  • 1910: in the state of Guerrero (Mexico), during the Porfirio Díaz regime, the road from Iguala to Chilpancingo was inaugurated.
  • 1912: in the Argentine town of San Justo (Santa Fe province), the Colón de San Justo club is founded.
  • 1921: Club Sportivo Luqueño, belonging to the Paraguayan Football Association, is founded in Paraguay.
  • 1925: the Federation of Trade Unions is officially founded in China. Today it is the largest union in the world, with 134 million members.
  • 1925: in Guayaquil (Ecuador) the Barcelona Sporting Club, the largest team in that country, is created.
  • 1927: The first in-flight meal is offered on an Imperial Airways flight between London and Paris.
  • 1929: in Iran, an earthquake (7.4 Richter scale) kills 3,300 people.
  • 1930: the planet Pluto is officially christened in the United Kingdom.
  • 1931: in New York (United States), President Herbert Hoover inaugurates the Empire State Building, the tallest building in the world.
  • 1935: in Colombia, the municipality of Puerto López is founded.
  • 1940: in the framework of World War II, the 1940 Summer Olympics are canceled.
  • 1941: in the framework of the Second World War, the Nazi forces launch an attack in Tobruk (Libya).
  • 1941: in New York the film Citizen Kane by Orson Welles is released.
  • 1945: in Berlin (Germany), the Soviet troops raise their flag in the Reichstag Building.
  • 1945: a German announcer officially announces that Adolf Hitler “has fallen into his command post in the Reich Chancellery, fighting to his last breath against Bolshevism and for a Nazi Germany.”
  • 1946: the three-year strike of the Pilbara aborigines begins in Australia.
  • 1946: the Peace Conference in Paris decides that Italy must return the Dodecanese islands to Greece.
  • 1947: the Portella della Ginestra massacre takes place in Italy. 9 adults and 2 children killed, 27 injured.
  • 1948: The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) is established, with Kim Il-sung as president.
  • 1950: Guam falls under American rule.
  • 1952: in Plaza de Mayo (Buenos Aires), Evita Perón delivers her last message to the people. Ella (she will die of cancer on July 26 of this year).
  • 1952: in area 7 of the Nevada nuclear test site, the United States detonates the atomic bomb Dog (or “D”, 19 kilotons), dropping it from an airplane. It is the fourth of Operation Tumbler-Snapper. Some 7,350 soldiers participating in the Desert Rock IV military exercise will train during the blast and will be exposed to radiation unintentionally.
  • 1953: in Buenos Aires (Argentina), several hundred thousand workers attend – despite the threats of bombs – to the speech of the constitutional president Juan Domingo Perón for the Day of the Worker. Seven bombs explode, leaving no casualties.
  • 1953: Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett, opens in Paris.
  • 1953: within the scope of the CECA, the steel market opens.
  • 1953: George Gershwin’s musical My One and Only opens in New York at the St. James Theater.
  • 1954: Taku is founded in Saga Prefecture, Japan.
  • 1954: in Manila (Philippines) the II Asian Games begin.
  • 1954: in France, Pablo Picasso paints the portrait Sylvette.
  • 1954: in Honduras, workers from the United Fruit Co. and the Standard Fruit Co. start the largest strike in the history of that country.
  • 1956: In the United States, the polio vaccine, developed by Jonas Salk, is made available to the public (see March 26, 1953).
  • 1956: In Japan, a doctor reports “an epidemic of an unknown disease, attacking the central nervous system,” marking the discovery of Minamata disease.
  • 1958: in Argentina, the politician Arturo Frondizi assumes the presidency.
  • 1960: The U-2 incident occurs, in which the Soviets shoot down an American spy plane, causing a diplomatic crisis in the framework of the Cold War.
  • 1960: in East Germany the port of Rostock is inaugurated.
  • 1961: in Cuba, Fidel Castro proclaims the socialist character of the Cuban Revolution.
  • 1962: in La Plata (Argentina), the governor-elect Andrés Framini (Peronist) – who had won with 59.4% of the votes – insists on assuming the governorship of the province of Buenos Aires, but the police prevent him from entering : «No, Mr. Governor, you cannot pass».
  • 1967: in Las Vegas (United States), Elvis Presley marries Priscilla Beaulieu.
  • 1970: in Seattle (United States) a wave of protests is unleashed by the announcement of President Richard Nixon that the armed forces of the United States, in war against Vietnam, were invading the territory of Cambodia (a neutral country).
  • 1971: In the United States, the Amtrak company (National Railroad Passenger Corporation) takes over the transport of passengers by train.
  • 1972: in the Offensive of Easter (War of Vietnam) the North Vietnamese troops capture Quang Tri, obtaining the effective control of the homonymous province.
  • 1972: in Nicaragua, General President Anastasio Somoza Debayle hands over power to the triumvirate of the National Board of Government, made up of Dr. Alfonso Lovo Cordero, General Roberto Martínez Lacayo (Liberals) and Dr. Fernando Agüero Rocha (Conservative), to be reelected in 1974.
  • 1974: President Perón publicly breaks with the Montoneros organization, which leaves the Plaza de Mayo
  • 1976: in Italy, Giulio Andreotti is elected Prime Minister.
  • 1978: the Japanese Naomi Uemura is the first person to reach the North Pole traveling alone in a dog sled.
  • 1978: In the United States, a marketing representative for Digital Equipment Corporation sends the first “spam” (later to be known as spam) to every ARPANET address on the west coast.
  • 1978: in the United Kingdom the May Day Bank Holiday is established.
  • 1979: Greenland becomes independent from Denmark.
  • 1979: the Marshall Islands become independent from the United States.
  • 1980: color television is officially inaugurated in Argentina.
  • 1981: the first case of toxic oil syndrome appears, a massive poisoning suffered in Spain with rapeseed oil, which affected 20,000 people and caused the death of about 1,100.
  • 1982: hostilities began in the Falklands war. The first aerial combats took place. The Argentine fleet and the British fleet stalked each other.
  • 1982: a world exhibition opens in Knoxville (Tennessee).
  • 1983: in San Juan (Puerto Rico), boxer Edwin El Chapo Rosario wins the vacant WBC lightweight title, beating José Luis Ramírez on points in 12 rounds. He thus becomes the 14th Puerto Rican world champion.
  • 1987: Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish Carmelite nun who was gassed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz (Poland).
  • 1988: in Germany, the Hannover – Würzburg train breaks the speed record of 407 km / h.
  • 1989: Greenland adopts its coat of arms.
  • 1989: he is elected, in democratic elections, after the fall of the Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner, General Andrés Rodríguez Pedotti.
  • 1991: In Bangladesh, the Ganges River rises 20 m, flooding the entire delta. Half a million people are evacuated.
  • 1991: in Vatican City, Pope John Paul II publishes the encyclical Centesimus annus for the centenary of the Rerum novarum of Leo XIII.
  • 1994: at the Autodromo Enzo y Dino Ferrari, in Imola (Italy), the three-time Brazilian Formula 1 champion Ayrton Senna dies in competition during the San Marino Grand Prix.
  • 1995: Croatia launches Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence.
  • 1995: the Port Aventura theme park is inaugurated in Salou, Catalonia, Spain.
  • 1999: Nauru becomes a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations.
  • 1999: The SpongeBob SquarePants television cartoon series premieres in the United States in three pilot programs.
  • 1999: The Amsterdam Treaty enters into force
  • 2000: in Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is reelected president.
  • 2000: The US government abolishes selective availability that degrades the GPS signal.
  • 2001: In the United States, Thomas Blanton Jr. is the second member of the Ku Klux Klan to be convicted of the bomb at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham that killed four African-American girls.
  • 2002: in Bangladesh a ferry sinks in the Meghna River. It caused 400 deaths.
  • 2003: an earthquake occurs in Turkey (6.4 on the Richter scale), which leaves 177 dead.
  • 2003: In the United States, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, President George W. Bush delivers his “Mission Accomplished” speech, officially ending the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.
  • 2003: in Blue John Canyon (Utah), the American mountaineer Aron Ralston, manages to free himself from a huge stone that crushed his right forearm after amputating it after being trapped in a cave in the canyon for five days.
  • 2004: At the Irish President’s residence in Dublin, ten countries join the European Union: Cyprus, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland and the Czech Republic. (See Enlargement of the European Union).
  • 2006: The Great American Unemployment takes place. Millions of Latino immigrants carry out a strike, joining in a labor boycott both in that country and throughout Latin America and marches against immigration laws with the aim of having their right as individuals, to work, to the education of their children and medical services and legalize them through comprehensive immigration reform in the country.
  • 2006: The Puerto Rican government goes bankrupt, forcing the closure of schools and other agencies.
  • 2006: Bolivian President Evo Morales nationalizes hydrocarbons in that country.
  • 2007: the most destructive gas explosion in the last ten years in Spain takes place in the city of Palencia (Spain), leaving nine victims and considerable damage to six blocks of flats.
  • 2011: in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, Pope Benedict XVI beatifies Pope John Paul II, his predecessor.
  • 2011: The Municipal Liberia club is re-founded in the canton of Liberia (Costa Rica) in the Second Division of Costa Rica with a new administration.

Who was Born “A Day as Today”?

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Who was Born “A Day as Today”? / Image Credit: Susanne Jutzeler

May 1 – A Day as Today – Births

  • 1218: Rudolf I of Habsburg, German emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1291).
  • 1225: Jean de Joinville, companion and chronicler of King Louis IX (d. 1317).
  • 1238: Magnus VI, Norwegian King (d. 1280).
  • 1285: Edmund FitzAlan, IX Earl of Arundel, English aristocrat (d. 1326).
  • 1531: Catalina Tomás, Spanish nun (d. 1574).
  • 1591: Johann Adam Schall von Bell, German Jesuit (d. 1666).
  • 1672: Joseph Addison, English writer and politician (d. 1719).
  • 1744: Filippo Fontana, Bolognese architect and set designer (d. 1800).
  • 1756: Kamehameha I, Hawaiian king (d. 1819).
  • 1764: Benjamin Henry Latrobe, British civil engineer and architect (d. 1820).
  • 1769: Arthur Wellesley, Irish military man and statesman (d. 1852).
  • 1772 – Karl Friedrich von Gärtner, German physician and botanist (d. 1850).
  • 1783: Vicente Rocafuerte, Ecuadorian military and politician (d. 1847).
  • 1806: Felipe Santiago Xicoténcatl, Mexican military man (d. 1847).
  • 1807: John B. Magruder, American military man (d. 1871).
  • 1822: Julius von Haast, German geologist (d. 1887).
  • 1824: Salvatore Morelli, Italian jurist, writer, journalist and feminist (d. 1880)
  • 1825: Johann Jakob Balmer, Swiss mathematician and physicist (d. 1898).
  • 1827: Jules Breton, French painter (d. 1906).
  • 1828: Adelardo López de Ayala, Spanish writer (d. 1879).
  • 1829: José de Alencar, Brazilian writer, journalist and politician (d. 1877).
  • 1830: Guido Gezelle, Belgian poet (d. 1899).
  • 1850: Arthur of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, British aristocrat (d. 1942).
  • 1852 – Calamity Jane, American professional explorer and border defender (d. 1903).
  • 1852: Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish physician, Nobel Prize winner in physiology or medicine in 1906 (d. 1934).
  • 1855: Cecilia Beaux, American painter (d. 1942).
  • 1857: Theo van Gogh, Dutch art dealer (d. 1891), Vincent’s brother.
  • 1872: Sidónio Pais, Portuguese military and politician (d. 1918).
  • 1872: Hugo Alfvén, Swedish composer (d. 1960).
  • 1874: Romaine Brooks, American painter (d. 1970).
  • 1881: Francisco Regalado Rodríguez, Spanish military (d. 1958).
  • 1881: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French paleontologist, priest and philosopher (d. 1955).
  • 1887: Alan Cunningham, British general (d. 1983).
  • 1895: Nikolai Yezhov, Soviet secret police (d. 1940).
  • 1896: Mark Wayne Clark, American military man (d. 1984).
  • 1896: Pere Reus Bordoy, Spanish judge and politician (d. 1938).
  • 1901: Antal Szerb, Hungarian writer and humanist (d. 1945).
  • 1905 (or in 1901): Joaquín Penina, anarchist and Catalan bricklayer, executed in the Argentine city of Rosario (f. 1930).
  • 1909: Yannis Ritsos, Greek poet and politician (d. 1990).
  • 1909: Julio Chaná, Chilean jurist (d. 1995).
  • 1910: J. Allen Hynek, American astronomer (d. 1986).
  • 1910: Cliff Battles, American football player and coach (d. 1981).
  • 1913: Paul MacLean, American physicist (d. 2007).
  • 1917: Danielle Darrieux, French actress.
  • 1917: Raúl Salinas Lozano, Mexican economist and politician (d. 2004).
  • 1924: Alejandro Olmos, Argentine politician and journalist (d. 2000).
  • 1925: Gabriele Amorth, Italian priest and writer (d. 2016).
  • 1925: Chuck Bednarik, American football player (d. 2015).
  • 1926: Peter Lax, Hungarian mathematician.
  • 1927: Laura Hidalgo, Argentine actress (f. 2005).
  • 1928: Sonny James, American country music singer-songwriter (d. 2016).
  • 1929: Ralf Dahrendorf, Anglo-German sociologist and politician (d. 2009).
  • 1930: Mario David, Argentine screenwriter and filmmaker (d. 2001).
  • 1930: Little Walter, American harmonist (d. 1968)
  • 1931: Isabel Osca, Spanish actress (d. 2011).
  • 1934: Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano, Mexican politician.
  • 1934: Gerardo López, Argentine musician and singer, of the group Los Fronterizos (f. 2004).
  • 1935: Pedro Corona, Chilean businessman.
  • 1938: Gianni Lunadei, Argentine actor of Italian origin (d. 1998).
  • 1939: Wilhelmina Cooper, American model and businesswoman (d. 1980).
  • 1941: Jorge Arrate, Chilean lawyer and economist.
  • 1943: Carlos Trillo, Argentine comic scriptwriter (d. 2011).
  • 1944: Johnny Tedesco, Argentine singer and actor.
  • 1945: Edda Bustamante, actress and Argentine starlet.
  • 1945: Rita Coolidge, American singer-songwriter.
  • 1946: John Woo, Chinese filmmaker.
  • 1947: Jacob D. Bekenstein, Israeli physicist.
  • 1950: Dann Florek, American actor.
  • 1952: Juan Carlos Heredia, Spanish-Argentine footballer.
  • 1954: Silvana Di Lorenzo, Argentine actress and singer.
  • 1954: Ray Parker Jr., American songwriter and guitarist.
  • 1958: Miguel Portas, Portuguese economist and politician (d. 2012).
  • 1959: Yasmina Reza, French actress and writer.
  • 1961: Timna Brauer, Austrian singer.
  • 1964: Sarah Chatto, British nobleman.
  • 1965: Andréi Xepkin, Spanish handball player of Ukrainian origin.
  • 1966: Olaf Thon, German footballer.
  • 1966: Robinson Díaz, Colombian theater, film and television actor.
  • 1968: D’arcy Wretzky, American bassist, of the band The Smashing Pumpkins.
  • 1968: Oliver Bierhoff, German footballer.
  • 1969: Wes Anderson, American filmmaker.
  • 1969: José Miguel Arroyo Delgado (Joselito), Spanish bullfighter.
  • 1969: Eruviel Ávila Villegas, Mexican politician.
  • 1970: Salvador del Solar, Peruvian lawyer, politician, actor and film director.
  • 1970: Juan Manuel Moreno, Spanish politician.
  • 1971: Carla Czudnowsky, Argentine television host and journalist.
  • 1972: Julie Benz, American actress.
  • 1973: Alberto Ajaka, Argentine actor.
  • 1973: Oliver Neuville, Italian-German footballer.
  • 1973: Ana Beatriz Osorio, Venezuelan actress, television presenter, presenter, radio director, comedian and model.
  • 1974: Tiffany Fallon, American model.
  • 1975: Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroonian footballer (d. 2003).
  • 1975: Austin Croshere, American basketball player.
  • 1976: Hate (Sergio Rodríguez Fernández), Spanish musician and MC (master of ceremonies).
  • 1978: James Badge Dale, American actor.
  • 1979: Pauli Rantasalmi, Finnish guitarist, of the band The Rasmus.
  • 1980: Ana Claudia Talancón, Mexican actress.
  • 1980: Jay Reatard, American punk rock musician (d. 2010).
  • 1980: Zaz, French singer.
  • 1981: Mauro Tamayo Rozas, Chilean academic and politician.
  • 1981: Aliaksandr Hleb, Belarusian footballer.
  • 1982: Tommy Robredo, Spanish tennis player.
  • 1982: Darijo Srna, Croatian footballer.
  • 1983: Fran Vázquez, Spanish basketball player.
  • 1984: Alexander Farnerud, Swedish footballer.
  • 1984: Cecilia Chechu Bonelli, Argentine model and host.
  • 1984: Víctor Hugo Montaño, Colombian footballer.
  • 1986: Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian soccer player (d. 2013).
  • 1986: Damián Díaz, Argentine soccer player.
  • 1986: Diego Valeri, Argentine soccer player.
  • 1986: Mamadou Samassa, French footballer.
  • 1987: Shahar Peer, Israeli tennis player.
  • 1987: Amir Johnson, American basketball player.
  • 1988: Nicholas Braun, American actor.
  • 1990: Caitlin Stasey, Australian actress.
  • 1990: Esteban Pavez, Chilean soccer player.
  • 1992: Sammy Ameobi, English footballer.
  • 2003: Lizzy Greene, American actress.

Who Left Us “A Day as Today”?

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May 1 – A Day as Today – Deaths

  • 408: Arcadius, Byzantine emperor (b. 377).
  • 524: Sigismund, Burgundian king (b. 524).
  • 1118: Edith of Scotland, Queen Consort of England (b. 1080).
  • 1256: Mafalda of Portugal, Portuguese Infanta (b. 1197).
  • 1308: Albert I of Habsburg, German King (b. 1255).
  • 1345: Pilgrim Laziosi, Italian saint (b. 1266).
  • 1539: Isabel of Portugal, Portuguese Infanta (b.1503).
  • 1555: Marcellus II, Italian pope (b. 1555).
  • 1572: Pius V, Italian pope (b.1504).
  • 1733: Nicolas Coustou, French sculptor (born 1658).
  • 1840: Giuditta Grisi, Italian mezzo-soprano (b.1805).
  • 1870: Gabriel Lamé, French mathematician (b. 1795).
  • 1873 – David Livingstone, Scottish explorer and missionary (b. 1813).
  • 1874: Niccolò Tommaseo, Italian writer and linguist (b.1802).
  • 1885: André Gill, French singer-songwriter and cartoonist (b. 1841).
  • 1891: Eduard Schönfeld, German astronomer (b. 1828).
  • 1891: Ferdinand Gregorovius, German historian (b. 1821).
  • 1893: Alexander Kaufmann, German poet (b.1817).
  • 1904: Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (b.1841).
  • 1904: Augusto González de Linares, Spanish geologist and zoologist (b. 1845).
  • 1920: Margaret of Connaught, Swedish Crown Princess (b. 1882).
  • 1933: Isaac Garza Garza, Mexican businessman and industrialist (b. 1853).
  • 1934: Paul Gustave Fischer, Danish painter, illustrator and poster artist (b. 1860).
  • 1935: Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (b.1889).
  • 1945: Joseph Goebbels, German Nazi politician (b. 1897).
  • 1945: Magda Goebbels, wife of Joseph Goebbels (b.1901).
  • 1968: Demetrio Carceller Segura, Spanish politician (b. 1894).
  • 1973: Asger Jorn, Danish painter (b.1914).
  • 1977: Pedro Antonio Ramos, Venezuelan musician (b.1905).
  • 1981: Rafael Aizpún, Spanish politician (b. 1889).
  • 1982: Walther Wenck, Nazi military man (b.1900).
  • 1984: Nito Mores, Argentine actor and tango singer (b. 1944).
  • 1991: Richard Thorpe, American filmmaker (b. 1896).
  • 1992: Manolo Montoliu, Spanish banderillero (b.1954).
  • 1993: Pierre Bérégovoy, French politician (b.1925).
  • 1994: Ayrton Senna, Brazilian Formula 1 driver (b.1960).
  • 1995: Tandarica, Argentine actor and comedian of Romanian origin (b. 1926).
  • 2000: Steve Reeves, American actor (b.1926).
  • 2001: Harold Hairston, American basketball player (b.1942).
  • 2001: Mabel Karr, Argentine actress (b.1934).
  • 2004: Ejler Bille, Danish artist (b.1910).
  • 2004: Colomba, Argentine actress, presenter and radio and television presenter (b. 1931).
  • 2006: Raúl Primatesta, Argentine cardinal (b.1919).
  • 2007: Karl Olov Hedberg, Swedish botanist (b.1923).
  • 2007: Fermín Trueba, Spanish cyclist (b.1915).
  • 2011: Henry Cooper, British boxer (b.1934).
  • 2011: Agustín García-Gasco, Spanish cardinal (b.1931).
  • 2012: Gogó Andreu, Argentine actor and musician (b.1919).
  • 2014: Juan Formell, Cuban musician, bassist, composer and arranger, conductor of Los Van Van (b.1942).
  • 2015: María Elena Velasco, Mexican actress (b.1940).
  • 2017: Harold Orozco, Colombian singer (b.1947).
  • 2020: Silvia Legrand, Argentine actress (b.1927)
  • 2021: Kōhei Horikoshi, Japanese manga artist (b.1986).

What is Celebrated “A Day as Today”?

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What is Celebrated “A Day as Today”? / Image Credit: Sakkanan Norkaew

May 1 – A Day as Today – Celebration

  • International Workers’ Day: commemoration of the origin of the labor movement; festive in most of the countries of the world. In communist nations, it is called International Workers’ Solidarity Day.
  • May Crowns: unofficial ritual ceremony of the Catholic Church.
  • Roman empire:
    • female festival in honor of Bona Dea, also known as Maia y Fauna.
    • fourth day of the Floralia or Floral Games, in honor of the goddess Flora.
    • public Lares day.
  • Northern Europe: Walpurgis Night.
  • Argentina: National Constitution Day.
  • Czech Republic: National Day of Love. In Prague, couples gather in front of the monument of the poet Karel Hynek Mácha to kiss.
  • Taiwan and coast of China: festival of the goddess Matsu.
  • Spain:
    • Abanilla (Murcia): Moors and Christians parade, declared of regional tourist interest.
    • Almonacid de Toledo (Toledo): pilgrimage of the Santísima Virgen de la Oliva in her hermitage.
    • Beniaján (Murcia): pilgrimage of the Virgen del Azahar.
    • Castillazuelo (Huesca): pilgrimage to the Pueyo Monastery.
    • La Codosera (Badajoz): Los Mayos festivities, the neighbors place the “mayos” on the doors of their houses, which are dolls that they make for several days before, always with some satirical message.
    • Madridejos (Toledo): pilgrimage in the mountains in honor of María Santísima de Valdehierro.
    • Pazos de Monte (Orense): San José festivities, declared of regional tourist interest.
    • Torrecampo (Córdoba): pilgrimage of Our Lady of the Veredas.
    • Villacañas (Toledo): Santísimo Cristo de la Viga festivities, declared of regional tourist interest.
  • USA:
    • Law Day.
    • Loyalty Day.
    • Hawaii: Lei Day holiday.
  • England, Scotland, Finland, Sweden and Bavaria (Germany): Saint Walburga or Walpurga, a Catholic saint who is related to the pagan rite of the Walpurgis Night and is believed to be a Christianization of the Walpurgis goddesses (of the Teutons), Beltane of the Celts and Floralia or Maia of the Romans.
  • India: Maharashtra Divas (Majarastra day). On May 1, 1960, Majarastra was founded when the state of Bombay was divided into the new linguistic states of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
  • Ireland: Beltane: Lá Bealtaine, the first day of summer in modern Ireland was celebrated by the Celts (in Druidism) and is now celebrated by the Neopagans and Wiccas.
  • Malta: L-Ewwel ta Mejju, Jum il-haddiem (Workers’ Day).
  • Marshall Islands: Independence Day from American rule (1979).
  • Switzerland: official spring holiday.
  • Iran: Beginning of Teachers’ Week in honor of the intellectual leader of the Islamic Revolution Morteza Motahhari, assassinated by the Marxist terrorist group Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO).

Catholic Santoral “A Day as Today”

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Catholic Santoral “A Day as Today” / Image Credit: Peter H

May 1 – A Day as Today – Catholic Santoral

  • Saint Berta of Kent
  • Saint Amador of Auxerre
  • Saint Andéolo
  • Saint Arigius of Gap
  • Saint Asaf
  • St. Brieuc
  • Saint Grata
  • Saint Jeremiah prophet
  • Saint jose worker
  • Saint Marculfo
  • Saint Orencio
  • Saint Peregrine Laziosi
  • Saint Ricardo Pampuri
  • Saint Sigismund
  • Saint Teodardo
  • Saints Torcuato, Tesifonte, Segundo, Indalecio, Cecilio, Isicio and Eufrasio
  • Blessed Aldebrando
  • Blessed Clemente Septyckyj
  • Blessed Julian Cesarello
  • Blessed Mafalda
  • Blessed Petronila de Moncel
  • Blessed Ubaldo de San Geminiano.

What Sign of the Zodiac Rules those Born “A Day as Today”?

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Prediction your zodiac sign with Dorian / Image Credit: p2722754

May 1 – A Day as Today – Zodiac Sign

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