1825 ~ George Inness the American painter was born on the 1st May 1825 (died 1894).
1827 ~ Jules Breton the French painter was born on the 1st May 1827 (died 1906).
1829 ~ Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys the English painter was born on the 1st May 1829 (died 1904).
1848 ~ Adelsteen Normann the Norwegian painter was born on the 1st May 1848 (died 1919).
1840 ~ The PENNY BLACK, the World’s first official adhesive postage stamp, was issued in the United Kingdom on the 1st day of May in 1840.
5 years prior to the introduction of the world’s 1st stamps in Great Britain, an Austrian civil servant named Lovrenc Koširhe, said to be the inventor of the postage stamp, suggested the introduction of adhesive tax postmarks (aufklebbare Brieftaxstempel) to the Department of Commerce in Vienna, which was responsible for the postal system. These postmarks were to be used for the pre-payment of postage. He called them gepresste Papieroblate (pressed paper wafers), which are known today as stamps. His suggestion was looked at in detail, but rejected for the time being.
1844 ~ The HONG KONG POLiCE FORCE was established on the 1st May 1844, becoming Asia‘s first modern police force, and the World’s second modern police force.
1852 ~ The PHiLLiPPiNE PESO was introduced into circulation on the 1st May 1852.
1855 ~ Cecilia Beaux the American painter was born on the 1st May 1855 (died 1942).
1874 ~ Romaine Brooks the American painter was born on the 1st May 1874 (died 1970).
1875 ~ ALEXANDRA PALACE reopened on the 1st May 1875 after being burned down in a fire in 1873.
1884 ~ MOSES FLEETWOOD WALKER became the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States on the 1st May 1884.
1885 ~ The Original CHiCAGO BOARD Of TRADE BUiLDiNG opened for business on the 1st May 1885.
1910 ~ J. Allen Hynek the American astronomer, professor, and ufologist was born on the 1st May 1910 (died 1986).
1925 ~ Scott Carpenter the American astronaut was born on the 1st May 1925.
1930 ~ PLUTO the dwarf planet was officially named on the 1st day of May in 1930. “Images are courtesy of Marc W. Buie, Southwest Research Institute”
1931 ~ The EMPiRE STATE BUiLDiNG was dedicated in New York City on the 1st May 1931.
1940 ~ The 1940 SUMMER OLYMPiCS were cancelled on the 1st May 1940 due to war.
1941 ~ TOBRUK was attacked on the 1st May 1941 when German forces launched a major attack.
1945 ~ RiTA COOLiDGE the American singer was born on the 1st day of May in 1945.
1951 ~ Sally Mann the American photographer was born on the 1st May 1951.
1953 ~ Glen Ballard the American songwriter and producer was born on the 1st May 1953.
1954 ~ RAY PARKER Jr. the American singer and songwriter was born on the 1st May 1954
1955 ~ NiCK FELDMAN the English musician in WANG CHUNG was born on the 1st May 1955. Wang Chung had a few Top 40 hits between 1983 and 1987, including “Let’s Go!” (No. 9 in 1987), “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” (No. 2 in 1986) and “Dance Hall Days” (No. 16 in 1984)…
1967 ~ Tim McGraw the American singer and actor was born on the 1st May 1967.
2003 ~ The Mission Accomplished speech speech by U.S.President George W. Bush on board the USS Abraham Lincoln was on the 1st May 2003, with him declaring that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended” regarding the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
2011 ~ Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden was killed by United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan on the 1st May 2011 (Due to the time difference between USA and Pakistan, Bin Laden was actually killed on May 2). Bin Laden was the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks
2013 ~ Kriss Kross duo member Chris Kelly aka Mac Daddy died on the 1st May 2013, aged 34. Kriss Kross were best known for their 1992 hit song Jump which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 8 weeks.
MAY DAY is on the 1st May
iNTERNATiONAL WORKERS’ DAY is on the 1st May