May 1: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, May 1, 1930, the "planet" Pluto was officially named?

May 1st is celebrated as International Workers’ Day and Batman Day.

Today is the 121st day of 2023, and there are 244 days left of the year.

Today may be an important day for you, or maybe you just want to know more about the first day in May. Well either way, you’ve come to the right place! Here we have everything you need to know about what makes May 1 so special.

Did you know that on this day in 1930, the “planet” Pluto was officially named? The name was thought of by an 11 year old British girl, Venetia Burney.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about May 1st in history!

What Events Happened On May 1 In History?

2019 Crown Prince Naruhito became the Emperor of Japan following his father’s abdication.

2009 Same-sex marriage was legalized in Sweden.

1999 SpongeBob SquarePants premiered on Nickelodeon.

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1982 The Royal Air Force began a series of attacks on Argentina’s Air Force in the Falkland Islands.

The air raids were the longest-ranged bombing runs at the time, with the Vulcan bombers traveling 6,600 nautical miles (12,200 km). While impressive, the damage done by the raids was repaired within 24 hours.

1971 Amtrak began operating as the United States’ passenger railroad company.

1966 The Beatles performed their final show in England at Empire Pool in Wembley, London.

OTD in 1966: The Beatles performed their final show in England at Empire Pool in Wembley

1963 Despite running out of oxygen, Jim Whittaker became the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

1961 Fidel Castro banned elections and declared Cuba to be a socialist nation.

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1952 Mr. Potato Head was officially released, originally only consisting of the accessories which were stuck in an actual potato.

OTD in 1952: Mr. Potato Head was officially released

1941 General Mills introduced Cheerios.

The cereal was named and introduced as CheeriOats, marketed as an oat-based and ready-to-eat cereal. It wasn't until 1945 that the cereal was shortened to Cheerios.

1931 The Empire State Building opened.

OTD in 1931: The Empire State Building opened.

When the Empire State Building opened, President Herbert Hoover was the one who first turned on the lights of the building. At the time, the Empire State Building was the world's tallest skyscraper.

1930 Pluto was officially named.

The name Pluto was suggested by 11-year old Venetia Burney when she heard about the discovery of a new planet. The idea was forwarded to the scientists, and the name was officially adopted on this day.

1925 The All-China Federation of Trade Unions was founded.

With over 300 million members, the All-China Federation of Trade Unions is the largest trade union in the world.

1886 A national strike began in the United States, calling for an eight-hour workday instead of 12 hours.

1884 Construction started on Chicago’s first-ever skyscraper for the Home Insurance Company of New York.

1853 Levi Strauss was founded.

The German immigrant, Levi Strauss, moved from Bavaria to San Francisco on May 1st. He moved there to open a west coast branch of his brother's business.

1707 The Acts of Union were passed, officially uniting England and Scotland as one country.

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Famous Quotes Said On May 1

Below are the most famous quotes people have said or written on this day throughout history.


“It is one of the chief skills of the philosopher not to occupy himself with questions which do not concern him.”

– Ludwig Wittgenstein

Famous People Born On May 1

If you were born on this day, you actually have the same birthday as Grayson Russell. Here are some other famous people born on May 1st.

2004 Charli D’Amelio

American TikToker

Charli D'Amelio
19 years old
Born In:
Connecticut, USA
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1982 Jamie Dornan

British Actor

Jamie Dornan
41 years old
Born In:
Northern Ireland, UK

1976 James Murray

American Comedian

James Murray
47 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

1967 Tim McGraw

American Singer

Tim McGraw
56 years old
Born In:
Louisiana, USA

1969 Wes Anderson

American Filmmaker

Wes Anderson
54 years old
Born In:
Texas, USA

1998 Grayson Russell

American Actor

Grayson Russell
25 years old
Born In:
Alabama, USA

Famous People Who Died On This Day

1813 - 1873 David Livingstone

David Livingstone

David Livingstone was a Scottish physician born on March 19, 1813. He died on this day in 1873, at age 60 in Chitambo’s Village, Zambia.

Special Holidays On May 1

Here are some unusual holidays that are celebrated on this day.

May 1: International Workers' Day

International Workers’ Day

If you only have to work eight hours a day, five days a week, then you’d better be out in the streets celebrating International Workers’ Day! On May 1, 1886, 500,000 US workers took to the streets to improve working rights, so the least you can do today is thank them for it!

May 1: National Loyalty Day

National Loyalty Day

Get your American flags out, for today is all about pledging your allegiance to the mighty United States! There are many ways to celebrate National Loyalty Day, but the best place to start is reaffirming your loyalty to the US and going to some local Loyalty Day events!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Baltimore is the largest independent city in the US, with a population of 621,849. Meaning it is not part of any county.

May 1 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on May 1st share the Taurus star sign.

Taureans are knowledgeable beings and will reflect deeply on everything in life. They’ll think about relationships, careers, the world around them. Taurus is the second astrological sign in the modern zodiac.

Those of you that were born in May have the Emerald birthstone. Green is a color that signifies hope, the coming of spring, regeneration, and new growth. Even the word “emerald” comes from the ancient Greek “smaragdos,” which means “green gem.”

For people born on this day, your estimated date of conception falls on August 8th in the previous year.

A baby conceived on this day will likely be born around January 22nd, 2024.

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