1 May – This Day in History

This Day in History on 01 May

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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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