What happened This day in History on May 1st

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1931 U.S.A. The Empire State Building 1st May 1931 : The Empire State Building in New York Officially opens

2003 U.S.A. George W. Bush announces major combat in Iraq is over 1st May 2003 : President George W. Bush on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast announces in a speech to the nation, major combat in Iraq is over.

1942 World War II The Fighting Forces
a diagram with the numbers of fighting men on both sides during World War II

United Nations Total Fighting Men and Women 12 - 18 million
Axis Powers Total Fighting Men and Women 12 - 14 million

1942 U.S.A. Code Talkers 1st May 1941 : The first "Code talkers" Navajo indians are specially recruited by the Marines to serve in their standard communications units in the Pacific Theater, they provide an unbreakable combat voice communications code

1941 U.S.A. Citizen Kane 1st May 1941 : The movie "Citizen Kane," the first feature film directed by Orson Welles, also starring Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane premiers in New York.



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1925 Germany Field Marshall Hinderburg 1st May 1925 : Field Marshall Hinderburg a right wing conservative was elected as the president of Germany

1931 U.S.A. Al Capone 1st May 1931 : The Gangster Al Capone is being sought for questioning over the murder of Mike De Pike Hitler from a rival gang by detectives in Chicago a number of other members of his gang .

1931 U.S.A. Kate Smith 1st May 1931 : Kate Smith began her radio career on CBS. She became best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin's song "God Bless America." Her career spanned an amazing five decades and peaked during the 1940s.

1937 U.S.A. Neutrality Acts 1st May 1937 : America strengthens it's Neutrality Act first passed in 1935 and ammended in 1936 which created an embargo on arms trading with the countries at war, loans or credits to countries at war. In 1937 the Neutrality Act was ammended again stating "all trade with countries involved in war must be conducted on a cash-and-carry basis"

1942 England Free French Resistance 1st May 1942 : The leader of the Free French Military Resistance Movement based in London Charles De Gaulle is rallying troops and support to help keep up the fight for freedom for his french compatriots.

1960 Soviet Union American U–2 spy plane 1st May 1960 : An American U–2 spy plane is shot down over the Soviet Union near Sverdlovsk. The Soviet Union captured the pilot Gary Powers which prompted continuing deterioration in relations between the US and the Soviet Union.





1961 Cuba Castro Bans Elections 1st May 1961 : Castro bans elections in Cuba saying "The revolution has no time for elections." and telling the 10,000's who attended the May Day Celebrations Cuba is a socialist country. He has also stated all Roman Catholic priests would be expelled and all Roman Catholic and private schools would be nationalised.

1962 U.S.A. First KMART department Store 1st May 1962 : The first Kmart department store opens in Garden City, Michigan selling a range of Clothes, shoes, housewares, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, and electronics. Kmart went through a period of rapid expansion up to the early eighties but from the late 80's due to lack of investment in technology and increased competition from the growing Walmart and Target stores and change in customer tastes sales continued to decline. In 2005 following sales decline Kmart merged with Sears, Roebuck and Company.



1965 Santa Dominica Fighting 1st May 1965 : Fierce fighting is still happening on the streets in Dominica between US Paratroopers and local forces despite a cease fire having been agreed and signed

1967 U.S.A. Elvis Presley Marries 1st May 1967 : Elvis Presley, married his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, 21, at a at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas

1971 U.S.A. AMTRAK 1st May 1971 : Amtrak went into service, to provide inter city passenger train services. ( All Amtrak's preferred stock is owned by the U.S. federal government. )

1973 England 1.5 Million Strike On Day Of Protest 1st May 1973 : About one and a half million workers joined the TUC call for a one-day strike in protest at the government's pay restraint policy and price rises. The biggest effect was in the transport industry including the railways which forced many others to stay home because they could not get to work.

1977 Turkey Gunfight 1st May 1977 : A march by 100,000 May Day protesters turned into a gunfight between rival leftist groups and 33 people were left dead from the fighting

1982 U.S.A. World’s Fair 1st May 1982 : The 1982 World’s Fair opens in Knoxville, Tennessee. The theme of the year was “Energy Turns the World” and more than 11 million people visited the exposition during the seven months that it was open.

1982 Falkland Islands British Bombing 1st May 1982 : British Warships and Fighter Bombers bombed Argentinean positions at Port Stanley on the Islands as war broke out over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands after Argentina invaded the Islands .

1994 Italy Ayrton Senna 1st May 1994 : The Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna has been killed in a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola, near Bologna in Italy

1997 England Labour Party 1st May 1997 : After nearly 20 years of Conservative government, British voters give the Labour Party, led by Tony Blair, a landslide victory in British parliamentary elections.

2001 U.S.A. 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing 1st May 2001 : Thomas E. Blanton Jr. became the second ex-Ku Klux Klansman to be convicted in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing by members of a Ku Klux Klan group in Birmingham, Alabama, The bombing of the African-American church resulted in the deaths of four girls.

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North Korea 2005 North Korea North Korea Tests Missile 1st May, 2005 : The United States monitored apparent military tests in North Korea. Reports had been that the North Korean military fired short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan.

2006 U.S.A. Hispanic Immigrant Strike 1st May 2006 : The Great American Strike was a one day boycott of United States schools and businesses by immigrants, both legal and illegal, mostly Latin American origin it is estimated that one million people participated in the demonstrations of mostly Hispanic immigrants skipped work and took to the streets in protest at the immigration reform proposals.

2006 Bolivia Nationalizes Natural Gas Reserves 1st May 2006 : President Evo Morales signs decree nationalizing hydrocarbons including natural gas, he Ordered the military and engineers of YPFB, the state firm, to occupy and secure energy installations, and gave 6 months for current operators to re-negotiate contracts which would increase the percentage of revenue to the government from resources by 20%.

United Kingdom 2007 United Kingdom Animal Rights Extremists Arrested In Raids 1st May, 2007 : Police across the United Kingdom and Europe arrested over thirty people believed to be involved with extremist animal rights groups who were targeting various organizations and businesses. Some crimes the police believed these groups were planning to commit or had already committed included burglary and blackmail.

2008 Australia Ongoing Drought 1st May 2008 : Australia's drought continues and is presently in the grip of what the locals call the "Big Dry" the worst period of drought in a century. The effects of this ongoing drought range from up to 10% of farmers giving up to wheat production going from a high of 25m tonnes of wheat each year to wheat crops below 10m tonnes per year a decrease of more than 50%.

China 2008 China China Imposes Smoking Ban 1st May, 2008 : In an effort to improve the Chinese capital city of Beijing ahead of the 2008 Summer Olympics, the government has banned smoking in most public buildings. The government has enlisted nearly 100,000 current employees to act as enforcers of the ban. The ban is also a measure to improve health conditions in the country, as a large percentage of its population are smokers.

Switzerland 2009 Switzerland UBS Refuses to Share Bank Information with US 1st May, 2009 : The Swiss bank, UBS, refused to share information with the Internal Revenue Service in the United States on over 50,000 customers who are believed to be hiding up to fifteen billion dollars in taxes in Swiss bank accounts. The largest bank in Switzerland argued that releasing that information would violate the law in Switzerland after the IRS began a civil lawsuit against the bank in order to find out the identity of the secret account holders.

2010 China Expo 2010 opens in Shanghai, China 30th April 2010 : Expo 2010 opens in Shanghai, China it is the largest World's Fair site ever at 5.28 square km,

Mexico 2010 Mexico Legionaries of Christ Catholic Order Overhauled by Vatican 1st May, 2010 : Pope Benedict XVI ordered that the Legionaries of Christ, a Catholic order founded by Mexican priest Marcial Maciel, be purified. The order's founding priest had been accused of sexually abusing boys for over thirty years, amongst other allegations, but had denied those claims until his death in 2006. The statement came from the Pope after an investigation by bishops concluded that the allegations were indeed true.

United States 2012 United States Occupy Wall Street Holds Protests
1st May, 2012 : Occupy Wall Street protesters gathered across the US to stage a day of protest for International Workers' Day. Thousands of people gathered in New York, Oakland, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Chicago to peacefully protest, marking the first major protest since police disabled the movement's camps across the country in late 2011.



Saudi Arabia
2013 Saudi Arabia Flash Floods in Saudi Arabia

1st May, 2013 : Flash floods across Saudi Arabia left at least thirteen people dead. Heavy rainfall flooded plains and valleys in the desert country and the rains were reported to be the heaviest to hit Saudi Arabia in over twenty-five years.