May 1

May 1st the 121st day of the Gregorian calendar ( 122nd in leap years), thus 244 days remain until the end of the year.

The 1st of May is celebrated as the International Day of the labor movement in many countries.

  • 3.1 Before the 19th century
  • 3.2 19th century
  • 3.3 20th century
  • 3.4 21st century


Politics and World Affairs

  • 0305: Diocletian and Maximian, the two Augusti in the Tetrarchy in the Roman Empire of late antiquity, thank - to pressure Diocletian against the will of Maximian - from. Their successors, the previous Caesars Constantius and Galerius I.. Severus and Maximinus Daia, new Caesars.
  • 0408: The seven year old Theodosius II succeeds his father Arcadius as East Roman Emperor on the throne. This maintains excellent relations with the Persian Empire under Yazdegerd I.
  • 0704: Arnstadt, Miihlberg and Großmonra are first mentioned in a deed of the Thuringian Duke Hedan II to the Anglo-Saxon bishop Willibrord of Utrecht. Arnstadt is the oldest German city outside the Roman settlements.
  • 1187: In the Battle of Cresson a ayyubidisches army destroyed a small force of crusaders of the Kingdom of Jerusalem under the command of Gérard de Ridefort.
  • 2004: In the context of EU enlargement, 10 new states to be admitted to the European Union: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Malta and Cyprus. In many cities, joyful celebrations and large fireworks take place in Athens a great ceremony with the 25 Heads of State and Government. It is the biggest EU enlargement.
  • 2004: In Austria, the oldest wax body of the country, the customs guard, resolved on the occasion of EU enlargement.
  • 2011: In Germany and Austria the free movement of workers for the 10 States of the EU enlargement of 2004 applies.


  • 2010: In the Shanghai World Expo 2010 is opened under the theme "Better City, Better Life", which will last until October 31.
  • 2010: merger of MAN Truck & Bus AG Military Division with Rheinmetall Land Systems GmbH Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH to unify the development and manufacture of wheeled military vehicles both groups.

Science and Technology

  • 2008: Hangzhou Wan Daqiao, the longest oversea bridge in the world between Cixi and Jiaxing in the People's Republic of China, will be opened.





Minor accidents are listed in the sub- items of disaster.


Entries of Athletics world records are located under the respective discipline under Athletics.


Before the 19th century

19th century

20th century




Before the 19th century

  • 0208: Andeolus, Holy Roman
  • 0524: Sigismund, King of Burgundy
  • 0926: Wiborada, hermit and martyr of the Catholic Church
  • 1254: Sørle, Norwegian Archbishop
  • 1302: Vidkunn Erlingsson, a member of the Norwegian kingdom Council
  • 1308: Albrecht I, Holy Roman German king and duke of Austria and Styria
  • 1447: Louis VII, Duke of Bavaria -Ingolstadt
  • 1484: . Adalbert III, Administrator of the Archbishopric of Mainz

19th century

20th century

21st Century

  • 2002: Karel Ptáčník, Czech writer
  • 2002: Ursula von Wiese, German -Swiss actress, translator and writer
  • 2004: Felix Haug, Swiss Pop
  • 2004: Irina Pabst, German fashion designer
  • 2004: Lojze Kovacic, Slovenian writer and educator
  • 2006: Raúl Francisco Primatesta, Argentine cardinal and bishop of Córdoba
  • 2006: John Brack, Swiss country singer
  • 2006: Big Hawk, American rapper
  • 2007: Ejnar Krantz, American composer, organist, pianist and music teacher
  • 2008: Paulo Amaral, Brazilian footballer and coach
  • 2008: Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager, German aristocrat and officer, resistance fighter
  • 2009: Fred Delmare, German actor
  • 2011: Henry Cooper, British heavyweight boxer
  • 2011: Gene Gossage, U.S. American football player
  • 2011: Moshe Landau, Israeli lawyer and President of the Supreme Court
  • 2012: Gonçalo Amorim, Portuguese cyclist
  • 2012: Ricardo César Andreu, Argentine actor, comedian and author
  • 2013: Chris Kelly, American rapper

Holidays and observances

  • Religious observances Bitttag blessed to work ( Protestant)
  • Nicholas Herman, German hymn writer ( Protestant)
  • St. James, son of Alphaeus, Roman martyrs, apostles and national saint of Uruguay ( Anglican, Protestant: ELCA, LCMS )
  • St. Joseph the Worker, Roman patron ( Catholic)
  • Saint Philip Apostle and Martyr Roman ( Anglican, Protestant: ELCA, LCMS )
  • Patrona Bavariae ( Catholic)
  • Name Days Josef
  • State Holidays and observances May Day

More entries contains the list of commemorative and action days.