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May 1st- This Day in History

Posted on: May 1, 2007


Welcome to May!

What does this day mean to you? Many memorable things have taken place on May 1st throughout the years. This is what the History Channel has to say about May 1st:

1851. Great Exhibition opens

On May 1, 1851, the Great Exhibition opens to wide acclaim in the Crystal Palace in London. Inside the Crystal Palace, a giant glass-and-iron hall designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, over 10,000 exhibitors set up eight miles of tables. Although technological wonders from around the world were on display, the exposition was clearly dominated by Britain, the premier industrialized nation and workshop of the world. Conceived by Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, the Great Exposition was a rousing success, hosting 6 million visitors before it closed in October. The many goods displayed ranged from kitchen appliances to false teeth, silks to farm machinery.

A landslide victory for the Labour Party in the British General election brings an end to the Conservative Party’s 18 years in power. The new Prime Minister is Labour leader Tony Blair.
The Legoland Family Park opens at Billund in Denmark.
Elvis Presley marries Priscilla Beaulieu.
Britain opens its first legalised betting shops.
American pilot Gary Powers, flying a U2 spy plane, is shot down over Russia.
US President Herbert Hoover opens the Empire State Building in New York. It has 102 floors and is 1,250 feet high. At the time its the world’s tallest building.
End of the Easter Rising in Ireland following a week of bitter fighting in Dublin after Irish Nationalists rose against British rule on Easter Monday, April 24th. More than 400 lost their lives.
A statue of Peter Pan is put in Kensington Gardens in London- commissioned and paid for by Peter Pan creator J.M.Barrie. Children are told it has been put there by fairies!
Japanese Army attacks and defeats Russian forces at Xinyizhou.
Official opening of Alexandra Palace in London.
Opening of the Great Exhibition at Hyde Park in London.
The first penny black stamps showing Queen Victoria’s head go on sale five days before the official issue date.
Proclamation of the official union between England and Scotland.

Check out the History Channel’s This Day in History to find out more about other dates of the year.


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