• May 01 2008

    9 Years ago

    The London Agreement (2000), concluded in 2000, enters into force in 14 of the 34 Contracting States to the European Patent Convention.


  • May 01 2007

    10 Years ago

    The Los Angeles May Day mêlée occurs, in which the Los Angeles Police Department's response to a May Day pro-immigration rally become a matter of controversy.


  • May 01 2006

    11 Years ago

    The Puerto Rico government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.


  • May 01 2004

    13 Years ago

    Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the President of Ireland in Dublin.


  • May 01 2003

    14 Years ago

    2003 invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended" on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) off the coast of California.


  • May 01 2000

    17 Years ago

    President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares the existence of "a state of rebellion", hours after thousands of supporters of her arrested predecessor, Joseph Estrada, storm towards the Malacañang Palace at the height of the EDSA III.


  • May 01 1997

    20 Years ago

    Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality.


  • May 01 1995

    22 Years ago

    Croatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence.


  • May 01 1994

    23 Years ago

    Last day of the Spion Kop (stadia) Grandstand at Liverpool F.C.'s Anfield stadium , perhaps the most famous stand in English Football.


  • May 01 1992

    25 Years ago

    On the third day of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, African-American activist, criminal, and victim of police beating Rodney King appears in public before television news cameras to appeal for calm and plead for peace, asking, "People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?".


  • May 01 1991

    26 Years ago

    Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics steals his 939th base, making him the all-time leader in this category. However, his accomplishment is overshadowed later that evening by Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers (baseball), when he pitches his seventh career no-hitter (breaking his own record).


  • May 01 1989

    28 Years ago

    Disney's Hollywood Studios opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.


  • May 01 1987

    30 Years ago

    Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish-born Carmelites nun who was gassed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz concentration camp.


  • May 01 1983

    34 Years ago

    Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis is awarded the Lenin Peace Prize.


  • May 01 1982

    35 Years ago

    The 1982 World's Fair opens in Knoxville, Tennessee.


  • May 01 1982

    35 Years ago

    Operation Black Buck begins. The Royal Air Force attack on the Argentine Air Force during Falklands War.


  • May 01 1978

    39 Years ago

    Japan's Naomi Uemura, travelling by dog sled, becomes the first person to reach the North Pole alone.


  • May 01 1977

    40 Years ago

    36 people are killed in Taksim Square, Istanbul, during the Labour Day celebrations.


  • May 01 1971

    46 Years ago

    Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) is formed to take over U.S. passenger rail service.


  • May 01 1970

    47 Years ago

    Protests erupt in Seattle, Washington, following the announcement by President of the United States Richard Nixon that U.S. Forces in Vietnam would pursue enemy troops into Cambodia, a neutral country.



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