On This Day: What happened on 01 May?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 01 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 01 MAY

1966 | Radio RSA, South Africa began shortwave transmitting. 

2019 | Naxalite attack in Gadchiroli district: 16 army soldiers, including a driver, were killed in an IED blast. Naxals targeted an anti-Naxal operations team.

2001 | Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo announced the existence of a “state of rebellion”  just hours after thousands of supporters of her arrested predecessor, Joseph Estrada, stormed the presidential palace at the height of the EDSA III uprising.

2009 | Sweden on this day legalized same-sex marriage. 

2002 | OpenOffice.org released version 1.0, the first consistent version of the software.

1999 | SpongeBob SquarePants premiered on Nickelodeon.

1995 | Croatian War of Independence: Croatian forces launched Operation Flash.

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BIRTHDAYS

1950 | Scottish football player and coach, Danny McGrain.

1932 | English admiral, Sandy Woodward, died in 2013.

1948 | Hungarian sprinter, Györgyi Balogh.

1961 | Dutch politician, Sultan Günal-Gezer.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2014 | Mexican footballer and coach, Juan de Dios Castillo, 63.

2003 | American wrestler, and manager, Miss Elizabeth, 43.

1995 | Italian-American painter, Antonio Salemme, 103.

2014 | Nigerian lawyer, and politician, fifth Governor of Kwara State, Adamu Atta, 87.

1997 | Canadian sociologist, philosopher, and poet, Fernand Dumont, 70.

SPORTS

1980 |  On this day, the FA Cup semi-final between Arsenal and Liverpool was finally decided in the fourth match. In those days before the penalty shootout, Brian Talbot’s 12th-minute goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 victory at Coventry’s Highfield Road in the third replay. It was the only time the FA Cup semi-final was played at the stadium.

2013 | On this day, “The Great Gatsby” was released in the United States. 

AFRICA FACT 

Madagascar was a French colony. It was named by Marco Polo.

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