On this day in history – May 1st – Almanac


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US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the National Security Team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1 2011. Bin Laden was killed in the mission. File photo by Pete Souza/White House | License picture

Today is Sunday, May 1, the 121st day of 2022 with 244 to follow.

The moon is growing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Venus. The evening stars are Mercury and Uranus.


People born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. They include sniper Calamity Jane, born Martha Jane Cannary Burke, in 1852; US Army General Mark Clark in 1896; singer Kate Smith in 1907; actor Glenn Ford in 1916; television personality Jack Paar in 1918; author Joseph Heller in 1923; game show host Art Fleming in 1924; Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter in 1925; singer Judy Collins in 1939 (age 83); singer Rita Coolidge in 1945 (age 77); Hong Kong director John Woo in 1946 (age 76); actor Joanna Lumley in 1946 (age 76); jockey Steve Cauthen in 1960 (age 62); singer Tim McGraw in 1967 (age 55); filmmaker Wes Anderson in 1969 (age 53); actor James Badge Dale in 1978 (age 44); actor Jamie Dornan in 1982 (age 40); actor Lizzy Greene in 2003 (age 19); Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, daughter of NBA star Kobe Bryant, in 2006.


On this historical date:

In 1884, construction began on the world’s first skyscraper – the 10-story Home Insurance Co. building in Chicago.

In 1893, US President Grover Cleveland opened the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

In 1898, during the Spanish-American War, the forces of the US Navy Adm. George Dewey routed the Spanish fleet in the Philippines.

In 1931, the Empire State Building was opened in New York. At 102 stories, it was the tallest building in the world for 40 years.

In 1960, the Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers, which was captured.

In 1971, Amtrak, America’s national railroad service which combined the operations of 18 passenger railroads, entered service.

In 1985, President Ronald Reagan banned trade with Nicaragua in an attempt to undermine the Sandinista government. President George HW Bush lifted the embargo in 1990.

In 1986, a Soviet embassy official, in a rare appearance before Congress, insisted that the Chernobyl nuclear accident was “not out of control”.

In 1991, Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics stole his 939th base, making him the all-time leader.

In 1991, Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers started his record seventh no-hitter.

In 1993, Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa and other members of his inner circle were killed in a suicide bombing.

In 1997, 18 years of Conservative Party rule in Britain ended with a Labor Party victory in the election, allowing party leader Tony Blair to succeed John Majors as Prime Minister.

In 1999, a meeting between Reverend Jesse Jackson and Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic led to the release of three American soldiers captured a month earlier by Serbian troops.

In 2001, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan was convicted in Birmingham, Alabama, in a 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls. He was sentenced to four life terms.

In 2003, President George W. Bush, speaking from the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, declared major combat in Iraq over and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced the end of major US combat operations in Iraq. Afghanistan.

In 2005, five men in Madain, Iraq, confessed to the kidnapping and murder of British aid worker Margaret Hassan.

In 2009, United States Supreme Court Justice David Souter announced that he would retire in June. He served on the court for 19 years.

In 2011, President Barack Obama announced at 11:35 p.m. EDT that al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden, architect of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States and face of global terrorism, had been killed in an American commando. raid (May 2, Pakistan time) on his compound near the Pakistani capital.

In 2019, a UK court sentenced WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to 50 weeks in prison for skipping bail in 2012.

In 2021, Medina Spirit won the Kentucky Derby, giving his trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh victory in the race. Several months later, the horse was stripped of its victory after failing a drug test, handing victory to second-placed Mandaloun.


Thought for the day: “The real terror is waking up one morning to find your high school class is running the country.” — American author Kurt Vonnegut

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