2021 May

May 1: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 1

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

Today is the 121st day of 2021, and there are 244 days left of the year.

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

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 facts about May 1st in history!

What Happened On May 1 In History?

1966

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

OTD in 1966: The Beatles performed their final show ever 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.

Source NY Times
1952

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

1941

Cheerios was introduced by General Mills.

Before it was Cheerios, the original cereal was named and introduced as CheeriOats marketed as an oat-based and ready to eat cereal.
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 for 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.
1886

A national strike began in the United States calling for an eight hour work day 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.

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