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May 1 Historical Events

The following events took place on May 1. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 88 events. Showing 1 - 20.

  • 305
    Diocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman emperor.
  • 524
    King Sigismund of Burgundy is executed at Orléans after an 8-year reign and is succeeded by his brother Godomar.
  • 880
    The Nea Ekklesia is inaugurated in Constantinople, setting the model for all later cross-in-square Orthodox churches.
  • 1328
    Wars of Scottish Independence end: By the Treaty of Edinburgh–Northampton the Kingdom of England recognises the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.
  • 1455
    Battle of Arkinholm, Royal forces end the Black Douglas hegemony in Scotland.
  • 1576
    Stephen Báthory, the reigning Prince of Transylvania, marries Anna Jagiellon and they become co-rulers of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • 1707
    The Act of Union joins the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.
  • 1753
    Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.
  • 1759
    Josiah Wedgwood founds the Wedgwood pottery company in Great Britain.
  • 1776
    Establishment of the Illuminati in Ingolstadt (Upper Bavaria), by Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt.
  • 1778
    American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
  • 1785
    Kamehameha I, the king of Hawaii, defeats Kalanikūpule and establishes the Kingdom of Hawaii.
  • 1786
    In Vienna, Austria, Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro is performed for the first time.
  • 1794
    War of the Pyrenees: The Battle of Boulou ends, in which French forces defeat the Spanish and regain nearly all the land they lost to Spain in 1793.
  • 1840
    The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom.
  • 1844
    Hong Kong Police Force, the world’s second modern police force and Asia’s first, is established.
  • 1846
    The few remaining Mormons left in Nauvoo, Illinois, formally dedicate the Nauvoo Temple.
  • 1851
    Queen Victoria opens The Great Exhibition in London.
  • 1852
    The Philippine peso is introduced into circulation.
  • 1856
    The Province of Isabela was created in the Philippines in honor of the Queen Isabela II of Spain.

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