May 01 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred,  famous birthdays, death day, legend quotes, and historical news on May 01.


Events on May 01

1700 Death of John Dryden, English Poet Laureate.

1707 The Union between England and Scotland is proclaimed.

1808 Charles IV of Spain abdicates in favor of Joseph Bonaparte.

1840 The first Penny Black stamps bearing Queen Victoria’s head go on sale five days before the official date of issues.

1897 Swami Vivekananda established the Ramakrishna Mission in the Bengal Presidency of British India.

1904 Death of Antonin Dvorak, Czechoslovakian composer best-known for his ‘New World Symphony’.

1941 Orson Welles’ film Citizen Kane premiered in New York.

1945 In Germany, Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels kills his wife, his six children and finally himself, the day after his leader’s suicide.

1989 Anti-government protests in Prague demand the release of jailed playwright Vaclav Havel.

1997 Labor leader Tony Blair is elected UK prime minister.

2004 The European Union was enlarged from 12 to 25 states. The new accessions are Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Famous Birthdays on May 01

Joseph Addison 1672, English essayist, poet and Whig statesman who co-founded the Spectator in 1711.

Glenn Ford 1916, Canadian-born American actor who appeared most notably in Gilda, Blackboard Jungle and the Fastest Gun Alive.

Joseph Heller 1929, American novelist best-known for his novel Catch-22.

Rita Coolidge 1945, American country rock singer and pianist.

Quotes from Legend

For, Heaven be thanked, we live in such an age, When no man dies for love, but on the stage.

- John Dryden, an English writer, died today, 1700.

Historical News on May 26

Explorer Meets Death in Africa

1873 The Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone died of malaria in the middle of Africa.

He was 60 years old.

More than any other man, Livingstone helped to open Africa to the church and to western commerce.

The London Missionary Society sent him to South Africa in 1841.

He made the first-ever crossing of the Kalahari Desert, and, fired by a vision of peoples the church had not reached, began a dramatic journey further afield.

It took him to Luanda on the west coast of Africa and to the Indian Ocean on the east coast, and he discovered the stupendous Victoria Falls on the way.

Back in London, his reports on central and east Africa aroused great interest.

Livingstone then spent years searching for the source of the Nile, and was already feared to have died until the journalist Henry Morton Stanley found him two years ago, already a sick man, but determined to continue his search.

1994 Leading Formula One driver Ayrton Senna was killed on the same stretch of track as fellow driver Roland Ratzenberger was two days earlier at the San Marino Grand Prix.

Empire State Scrapes the Skies of New York

empire state scrapers the skies of New York opened on May 01
Empire State Building

In 1931 US President Herbert Hoover opened the tallest building in the world in New York today the 102 stories Empire State Building on Fifth Avenue, which stands an incredible 1,250 ft (380m) high.

It is the city’s third new “skyscraper” in just one year.

It went up with lightning speed, the steel framework is finished in less than six months.

It met its deadline for completion, today with no time to spare the day many New York office leases expire.

The Empire State Building has more than 2 million sq ft (6,09,800 sq m) of office space, much more than the city can absorb with depression in full swing.

The owners are hoping sightseers to the lofty observation decks will help to pay the taxes.

Nijinsky Dances Into Notoriety

1912 The brilliant young Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky scandalized Pairs tonight with a performance so sensual some critics described it as “bestial”.

Nijinsky is a faun amongst nymphs in Claude Debussy’s L’Après-midi d’un Faune, premiered tonight yet it was the final sequence when Nijinsky danced alone with a long scarf, that was so outrageous. Nijinsky, 24, upsets and delights all at once his performance, as ever, was stunning as is the whole ballet.

Nijinsky’s first effort at choreography brings alive the familiar frieze of ancient Greece.

Like Debussy’s score, it is pure impressionism.

Nijinsky first came to Paris three years ago with Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and was an instant sensation.

1960 Days before US President Eisenhower and Soviet Chairman Kruschev meet at a Paris summit, an American spy plane has been shot down over the Soviet Union today by a Soviet surface-to-air missile.

The pilot, Francis Gary Powers, was captured.

The US has denied Russian accusations that it was spying.

The King Finds A Queen

Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu married on May 01
Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu

1967 Elvis Presley, the king of Rock ‘n’ Roll and still the world’s No. 1 heart-throb, caused widespread female dismay this morning when he married his sweetheart of seven years, Priscilla Beaulieu.

The couple wed at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas at a civil ceremony with 100 guests.

Priscilla wore a traditional flowing white dress and veil, and Presley a formal suit and black lie.

The wedding cake was six liers high.

After the reception, they flew to Palm Springs for a two-day honeymoon.

Presley is due in Hollywood on Thursday for final work on his new movie, Clambake and then they will complete the honeymoon at Graceland, Presley’s Memphis mansion.

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