Monday, 2 May 2016

Today in History

May 1

408Theodosius II succeeds to the throne of Constantinople.
1308King Albert is murdered by his nephew John, because he refused his share of the Habsburg lands.
1486Christopher Columbus convinces Queen Isabella to fund expedition to the West Indies.
1805The state of Virginia passes a law requiring all freed slaves to leave the state, or risk either imprisonment or deportation.
1863The Battle of Chancellorsville begins as Union Gen. Joe Hooker starts his three-pronged attack against Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
1867Reconstruction in the South begins with black voter registration.
1877President Rutherford B. Hayes withdraws all Federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction.
1898The U.S. Navy under Commodore George Dewey defeats the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Manila Bay in the Philippines.
1915The luxury liner Lusitania leaves New York Harbor for a voyage to Europe.
1927Adolf Hitler holds his first Nazi meeting in Berlin.
1931The Empire State Building opens in New York.
1934The Philippine legislature accepts a U.S. proposal for independence.
1937President Franklin Roosevelt signs an act of neutrality, keeping the United States out ofWorld War II.
1941The film Citizen Kane–directed and starring Orson Welles–opens in New York.
1944The Messerschmitt Me 262, the first combat jet, makes its first flight.
1945Martin Bormann, private secretary to Adolf Hitler, escapes the Fuehrerbunker as theRed Army advances on Berlin.
1948North Korea is established.
1950Gwendolyn Brooks becomes the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry called Annie Allen.
1960Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 spy plane is shot down over Russia.
1961Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba.
1968In the second day of battle, U.S. Marines, with the support of naval fire, continue their attack on a North Vietnamese Division at Dai Do.
1970Students from Kent State University riot in downtown Kent, Ohio, in protest of the American invasion of Cambodia.
1986The Tass News Agency reports the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.
2011Osama Bin Laden is killed in Abbottabad Pakistan by US Navy SEALS in Operation Neptune Spear.