May 01: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On May 1, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. The 121st day of the Gregorian calendar, May 1st, commemorates the designation of the minor planet Pluto and the dedication of New York City’s Empire State Building.

Taurus is the zodiac sign for May 1st. Judy Collins, Rita Coolidge, and Tim McGraw all have May 1st birthdays. May 1st is also known as May Day.


(May 01, 1889)
May Day was first commemorated as a labour holiday on this day in 1889, when the International Socialist Congress declared it so. May Day is typically a celebration of the return of spring, characterised by dancing around a Maypole.


(May 01, 1907)
Kate Smith, the "first lady of radio," was born in the United States.

(May 01, 1971)
Amtrak began service, a federally funded corporation that runs nearly all intercity passenger trains in the United States.

(May 01, 1999)
On Mount Everest, the body of British mountaineer George Mallory was discovered 75 years after he and Andrew Irvine vanished while attempting to be the first to summit the top.

(May 01, 2004)
Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia were added to the European Union as new members.

(Died on May 01, 2021)
Olympia Dukakis, American actress (b. 1931).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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