Today in HisStory – May 1

Supernova was observed in constellation Lupus by Chinese and Egyptians. (1006)

Kingdom of England recognized the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state. (1328)

Christopher Columbus proposed his plan to search for a western route to India in an audience with Spanish monarch, Isabella I. (1489)

Acts of Union came into force, uniting England and Scotland, to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain. (1707)

Publication of Species Plantarumby Linnaeus, and formal start date of plant taxonomy was adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. (1753)

Mozart’s opera Marriage of Figaro premiered in Vienna. (1786)

First emigrant wagon train left Independence, Missouri, for California. (1841)

US Civil War: Confederate Congress passed a resolution to kill black soldiers instead of capturing them. (1863)

US Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville began in Virginia. After over 29,000 casualties on both sides, the Confederate Army under General Lee prevailed. (1863)

US Civil War: Atlanta campaign began. (1864)

US Civil War: Reconstruction of the South began with black voter registration. (1866)

American Equal Rights Association formed. (1866)

Medical missionary to Africa, David Livingstone, died. (1873)

Spanish American War: The Battle of Manila Bay in the Philippines was the first battle of the war. The US won a major victory. (1898)

Ford Motor Company adopted a five-day, 40-hour week for workers in its automotive factories. (1926)

Planet Pluto was offically named by 11 year-old Venetia Burney. (1930)

Empire State Building was dedicated. (1931)

Boulder Dam was completed. (1935)

Back to the Bible aired for the first time on radio. (1939)

Batman premiered in a comic book. (1939)

WW2: 140 Palestinian Jews died as German planes bombed their ship. (1940)

WW2: The 1940 Olympics were cancelled. (1940)

General Mills introduced Cheerios. (1941)

WW2: Food rationing began in the US. (1943)

North Korea proclaimed itself the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. (1948)

Glenn Taylor, Idaho Senator was arrested in Birmingham, Alabama for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked for Negroes. (1948)

TWA introduced tourist class. (1952)

Mr Potato Head was introduced. (1952)

Pulitzer prize was awarded to Harper Lee for her novel To Kill a Mockingbird. (1961)

First US airplane was hijacked to Cuba. (1961)

Fidel Castro announced there would be no more elections in Cuba. (1961)

An American U-2 spy plane was shot down while conducting espionage over the Soviet Union. (1962)

First American, James Whittaker, conquered Mount Everest. (1963)

First BASIC program ran on a computer. (1964)

Radio Shack released Model III TRSDOS 1.3, Tandy operating system for computers. (1981)

A record-breaking wave of tornadoes began across the southern and midwestern United States. More than 500 tornadoes were recorded for the month, setting a new record. (2003)


About Tamera Lynn Kraft

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest.
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