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This Day in History on 1st May

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam. 

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 1st May. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days:

  • Gujarat Day
  • Maharashtra Day
  • International Workers’ Day or Labour Day (International)

Important Events:

1897: Swami Vivekanand established Ramkrishna Mission.
1886: May Day was first observed in Chicago, USA. Work, Social activities, Rest, for 8 Hours.
1902: Tornodo hit Dhaka part of Bengal, claims 416 lives.
1908: Praful Chaki committed suicide after he threw a bomb on Judge Kingsford of Mujaffarpur, killing two inocent women.
1909: Madame Bhikaji Cama secretly left London and went to France where she was wrote and spoke about the cruelty of Britishers.
1923: Under the leadership of Singaravelu Chettiar, the first May day was celebrated in India.
1926: Jim Corbett killed the notorious man-eating leopard of Rudraprayag at Gulabrai village, who had attacked and killed about 125 people.
1940: Marathi magzine `Digdarshan’ was published.
1947: Congress Working Committee accepts Partition in principle.
1948: Baroda State merged into Bombay Province.
1958: Bell, 47 G3, the flight was upgraded to a helicopter unit with a Sqn Ldr as its Commanding Officer.
1960: Old Bombay province was divided between Maharashtra and Gujrat States.
1964: Ravishankar University was established at Raipur in Madhya Pradesh.
1966: Marathi becomes the official language of Maharashtra.
1972: All fuel coal mines were nationalised.
1973: All non-fuel Coal Mines fields were nationalised.
1977: Janata Party was established.
1981: Sindhudurga district was formed in Maharashtra State.
1994: Political party Shiromani Akali Dal was established.
1996: Ban imposed (through a Delhi high court judgment) on the film ‘Bandit Queen’, based on the life of Phoolan Devi, lifted by Supreme Court.
1996: International women’s master Anupama Gokhale of Bharat Petroleum becomes the first woman in the history of Indian chess to win an all-India level international rating tournament with her bagging the Mohammed Hassan memorial title.
1996: P. Shiv Shanker, Kerala Governor, resigns in view of the ongoing CBI investigation against him in the hawala case.
1997: Anand wins all three categories in Amber chess tournament in Monte Carlo.
1998: The Konkan Railway running for 760-km is dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This was an extention from Ratnagiri.
2000: Bidyut Ganguly (64), veteran CPI(M) leader and West Bengal Commerce and Industry Minister, died of severe burns in Calcutta.

Birthday / Anniversary:

1867: Sri Kasinadhuni Nageswara Rao Pantulu, great freedom fighter, journalist, nationalist, politician, pioneer in library movement and litterateur, was born at Elakurru village in Gudivada Taluk, District Krishna.
1913: Balraj Sahani, famous film actor, was born.
1915: Rameshwar Shukla ‘Anchal’, modern Hindi poet, novelist and essay writer, was born.
1922: Madhu Limaye, great politician, freedom fighter, writer and national leader, was born at Pune, Maharashtra.
1927: Dr. Namwar Singh was born.
1946: Joanna Lumley, actress (Abs Fab, OHM’s Secret Service), was born in Kashmir, India.
1919: Manna Dey, Indian singer and composer (d. 2013)
1944: Suresh Kalmadi, Indian businessman and politician
1971: Ajith Kumar, Indian actor, F2 Racer

Death / Death Anniversary:

1983: V. N. Swamy, pace bowler without distinction in one Test for India, passed away.
1992: C. Arjun, famous music director, passed away.
1993: Narayan Ganesh Goray, socialist stalwart, 86, passed away in Pune.
2002: Ebrahim Al-Arrayedh, Indian poet and author (b. 1908)

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