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1753Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.

1991A's Rickey Henderson steals an all time record 939th base vs Yanks

1937FDR signs act of neutrality

1979Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel

1992Rickey Henderson steals his 1,000th base

1987Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish born nun

1981Tennis player Billie Jean King acknowledges a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett - becoming first prominent sportswoman to come out

1966Mickey Wright wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational

1844Whig convention nominates Henry Clay as presidential candidate

1785Kamehameha, the king of Hawaiʻi defeats Kalanikupule and establishes the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi

1991Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan pitches record 7th no hitter (beats Toronto 3-0)

1961Pulitzer prize awarded to Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

1896Seven days after parliament was dissolved, Charles Tupper is sworn in as the 6th Prime Minister of Canada

1930Bradman scores 236 Aust v Worcs, his 1st f-class innings in Eng

1994"Rise & Fall of Little Voice" opens at Neil Simon NYC for 9 perfs

1891Cy Young pitches 1st game played in Cleveland's League Park Cleveland Spiders 12, Cincinnati Redlegs 3

2010Canadian singer Bryan Adams is given the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts

1936FBI's J. Edgar Hoover arrests Alvin Karpis

1941"Citizen Kane", directed & starring Orson Welles, premieres in NY

1920Babe Ruth's 1st Yankee HR & 50th of career, out of Polo Grounds

1984Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac) files for bankruptcy

20032003 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 off the coast of California.

2011Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.

1961Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba

1992LA Dodgers postpone 3 games due to racial riots over Rodney King beating

1959Floyd Patterson KOs Brian London in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

1991Rickey Henderson breaks Lou Brocks record with his 939th steal

1985US President Reagan ends embargo against Nicaragua

305Diocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman Emperor.

May 1st Historical Events
Date Event
305
Diocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman Emperor. 
1006
Supernova observed by Chinese & Egyptians in constellation Lupus 
1048
Bishop Bernold flees St Pieterskerk for Utrecht Neth 
1328
Wars of Scottish Independence end: Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton - the Kingdom of England recognises the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state. 
1394
Ekiho exorcised the Zen temple & its surroundings of an old badger 
1523
Danish king Christian III arrives in Veere 
1544
Turkish troops occupy Hungary 
1551
Council of Trente resumes 
1598
Jacob van Neck's merchant fleet departs for Java 
1625
Portuguese & Spanish expedition recaptures Salvador (Bahia) 
1625
Prince Frederik Henry appointed viceroy of Holland 
1682
Louis XIV & his court inaugurate Paris Observatory 
1703
Battle at Rultusk: Swedish army beats Russians 
1704
Boston Newsletter publishes 1st newspaper advertisement 
1707
England, Wales & Scotland form United Kingdom of Great Britain 
1711
Archduke Karel of Austria/Hungarian rebellion sign Peace of Szatmar 
1715
Prussia declares war on Sweden 
1725
Spain & Austria sign trade treaty 
1751
1st American cricket match is played 
1753
Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. 
1756
France & Austria sign alliance 
1757
Austria & France divide Prussia 
1759
British fleet occupies Guadeloupe, West Indies, capturing it from France 
1776
Adam Weishaupt founds secret society of Illuminati 
1777
RB Sheridan's "School for Scandal" premieres in London 
1778
American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. 
1781
Emperor Jozef II decrees protection of population 
1785
Kamehameha, the king of Hawaiʻi defeats Kalanikupule and establishes the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi 
1786
Mozart's opera "Marriage of Figaro" premieres in Wien (Vienna) 
1822
John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston 
1834
Belgian parliament accepts railway laws 
1840
"Penny Blacks", first adhesive postage stamps issued, UK 
1841
1st emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California 
1844
Whig convention nominates Henry Clay as presidential candidate 
1846
Ida Pfeiffer (48) begins trip around world 
1848
The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. 
1850
John Geary becomes 1st SF mayor 
1851
Great Exhibition opens in the Crystal Palace, London 
1852
The Philippine peso is introduced into circulation. 
1853
Argentina adopts its constitution 
1854
Amsterdam begins transferring drinking water out of the dunes 
1857
William Walker, conqueror of Nicaragua, surrenders to US Navy 
1861
Lee orders Confederate troops under T J Jackson to Harper's Ferry 
1862
Major General Benjamin Butler's Union forces occupy New Orleans in US Civil War 
1863
Battle of Chancellorsville, VA (29,000 injured or died) 
1863
Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi 
1863
Confederate "National Flag" replaces "Stars & Bars" 
1863
Confederate congress passed resolution to kill black soldiers 
1864
-8] Battle at Alexandria, Louisiana (Red River Campaign) 
1864
Atlanta campaign, GA begins 
1864
Wilderness campaign 
1866
American Equal Rights Association forms 
1867
Howard University chartered 
1867
Reconstruction of South begins, black voter registration 
1869
Folies Bergère opens in Paris 
1873
1st US postal card issued 
1873
Emperor Franz Jozef opens 5th World's Exposition in Vienna 
1875
238 members of "Whiskey Ring" accused of anti-US activities 
1875
Alexandra Palace, London, reopens after being burnt down in 1873 
1883
"Buffalo Bill" Cody put on his 1st Wild West Show 
1883
Amsterdam World's Fair opens 
1883
Baseball returns to Phila, 1st NL game since 1876 
1883
NY Athletic Club hires Bob Rogers as 1st American pro sports trainer 
1884
Construction begins on Chicago 1st skyscraper (10 stories) 
1884
Moses Walker became 1st African American player in major league baseball in US 
1884
Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States. 
1885
Maria "Goeie Mie" Swanenburg sentence to life for killing 27 in Netherlands 
1886
US general strike for 8-hour working day begins 
1889
2nd International Congress calls for 1st International Workers Day 1st May 1890 to mark protests in Chicago in 1886 
1889
Bayer introduces aspirin in powder form (Germany) 
1891
Cy Young pitches 1st game played in Cleveland's League Park Cleveland Spiders 12, Cincinnati Redlegs 3 
1892
US Quarantine Station opens on Angel Island, SF Bay 
1893
World Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago 
1896
Seven days after parliament was dissolved, Charles Tupper is sworn in as the 6th Prime Minister of Canada 
1898
George Dewey commands "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley" as US route Spanish fleet at Manila 
1900
Premature blast collapses mine tunnel killing 200 at Scofield, Utah 
1900
Roermond soccer team forms in Netherlands 
1901
Detroit Tigers commit 12 errors against Chicago White Sox 
1901
Herb McFarland hit 1st grand slam in American League 
1901
Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo 
1903
King Edward VII of Great Britain visits Paris, where he is feted in a first step toward improving Anglo-French relations, culminating in the sighing of the Entente Cordiale on 8 April, 1904 
1906
Phillies' John Lush no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 6-0 
1907
Belgium government of De Trooz forms 
1907
Indian Mine Laws passes (concessions from Neth-Indies) 
1908
World's most intense shower (2.47" in 3 minutes) at Portobelo, Panama 
1909
Netherlands begins unity with Belgium 
1912
Amsterdam-North soccer team DWV forms 
1912
Beverly Hills Hotel opens 
1913
Longacre Theater opens at 220 W 48th St NYC 
1914
China's 1st president Yuan Shikai wins dictatorial qualification 
1915
British liner Lusitania leaves NY for Liverpool 
1915
German submarine sinks US ship Gulflight 
1919
Mount Kelud (Indonesia) erupts, boiling crater lake which broke through crater wall killing 5,000 people in 104 small villages 
1920
Babe Ruth's 1st Yankee HR & 50th of career, out of Polo Grounds 
1920
Belgium-Luxembourg toll tunnel opens 
1920
Longest major league baseball game by inninngs - Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings 
1921
Drusian sultan Pasja al-Atrasj elected governor of Suwayda 
1922
Charlie Robertson of Chicago pitches a perfect no-hit, no-run game 
1924
Admiral Paul Koundouriotis becomes president of Greece 
1925
A's Jimmie Foxx, 17, 1st game; he pinch-hits a single 
1925
Cyprus becomes a British Crown Colony 
1926
British coal miners go on strike 
1926
Satchel Paige makes pitching debut in Negro Southern League 
1927
1st British airliner to serve cooked meals (Imperial Airways) 
1927
Netherlands beats Belgium 3-2 in soccer match in Amsterdam 
1927
Panningen soccer team forms in Panningen 
1928
6 children die & 10 injured by hailstones in Klausenburg, Romania 
1928
Drunken fascist Erich Wichman attacks VARA-radio transmitter 
1928
Lei Day begun (a Hawaiian celebration) 
1928
Pitcairn Airlines (later Eastern) begins service 
1928
Rotterdam soccer team Black White '28 forms 
1929
Brooklyn's Johnny Finn sets 100 yard sack race in 14.4 seconds 
1929
Farm workers strike begins in East-Groningen 
1929
Police kill 19 Mayday demonstrators in Berlin 
1930
Bradman scores 236 Aust v Worcs, his 1st f-class innings in Eng 
1931
Empire State Building opens in NYC 
1931
Norway claims Peter I Island 
1931
Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running radio program on CBS 
1932
1st Suriname union congress at Paramaribo 
1934
Austria signs pact with Vatican 
1934
Philippine legislature accepts US proposal for independence 
1934
Water state kingdom dismisses NSB-leader Anton Mussert 
1935
Boulder Dam completed 
1935
Canada's 1st silver dollar is circulated 
1936
Emperor Haile Selassie leaves Ethiopia as Italian invades 
1936
FBI's J. Edgar Hoover arrests Alvin Karpis 
1937
FDR signs act of neutrality 
1939
Batman comics hit street 
1939
Pulitzer Prize awarded to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Yearling) 
1940
140 Palestinian Jews die as German planes bomb their ship 
1940
The 1940 Olympics are cancelled 
1941
"Citizen Kane", directed & starring Orson Welles, premieres in NY 
1941
General Mills introduces Cheerios 
1941
German assault on Tobruk 
1942
Radio Orange calls to defy order to wear "Jewish star" 
1943
1st edition of illegal "The Free Artist" appears in Amsterdam 
1943
69th Kentucky Derby: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 2:04 
1943
Food rationing begins in US 
1943
German Wehrmacht deployed in order to break Dutch strikes 
1943
German plane sinks boat loaded with Palestinian Jews bound for Malta 
1943
Rauter signs unofficial death sentence 
1944
Messerschmitt Me 262 Sturmvogel, 1st jet bomber, makes 1st flight 
1944
Pulitzer prize awarded to American Martin Flavin for his novel "Journey in the Dark" 
1944
Surprise attack on Weteringschans Amsterdam, fails 
1945
About 1,000 citizens of Demmin in Germany, commit suicide provoked by occupation by Soviet Red Army 
1945
Admiral Karl Doenitz forms German government 
1945
Australian & Dutch troops lands on Tarakan 
1945
General Belgian Labor Union (ABVV) party forms 
1945
Radio Budapest, Hungary re-enters shortwave broadcasting after WW II 
1945
Seys-Inquart flees to Flensburg 
1945
Soviet army reaches Rostock 
1946
Field Marshal Montgomery appointed British supreme commander 
1946
Mrs Emma Clarissa Clement named "American Mother of Year" 
1946
Start of 3 year Pilbara strike of Indigenous Australians. 
1946
The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy. 
1947
Cleve Indians abandon League Park to play all games at Municipal Stad 
1947
Lt General Hoyt S Vandenberg, USA, ends term as 2nd head of CIA 
1947
Radar for commercial & private planes 1st demonstrated 
1947
Rear Admiral Roscoe H Hillenkoetter, USN, becomes 3th director of CIA 
1948
74th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:05.4 
1948
North Korea proclaims itself People's Democratic Republic of Korea 
1948
Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Auspicia quaedam 
1948
Glenn Taylor, Idaho Senator, arrested in Birmingham, Alabama, for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked "for Negroes" 
1949
A's Elmer Valo is 1st AL'er to hit 2 bases-loaded triples in a game 
1949
Gerard Kuiper discovers Nereid, (2nd satellite of Neptune) 
1950
Gwendolyn Brooks is 1st African American awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry 
1950
Mayor of Brussels reluctantly bans May Day parade 
1950
New marriage laws enforced in People's Republic of China 
1950
Pulitzer prize awarded to Rodgers & Hammerstein (South Pacific) 
1950
WJIM (now WLNS) TV channel 6 in Lansing, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1951
600,000 march for peace & freedom in Germany 
1951
Dutch Reformed Church introduces new church choir 
1951
Mickey Mantle's 1st HR 
1951
Minnie Minoso becomes the 1st black to play for the White Sox 
1952
US Marines take part in an atomic explosion training in Nevada 
1952
Mr Potato Head introduced 
1952
TWA introduces tourist class 
1954
80th Kentucky Derby: Raymond York aboard Determine wins in 2:03 
1954
Bishops publish Mandement (member socialist org forbidden) 
1954
HSA-UWC Forms (Unification Church) (Moonies) 
1954
WAPA TV channel 4 in San Juan, PR (NBC/SFN) begins broadcasting 
1955
Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Tournament 
1955
Bob Feller's 15th 1 or less hitter (12 1-hitters, 3 no-hitters) 
1956
A doctor in Japan reports an "epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system", marking the official discovery of Minamata disease. 
1957
Flevo Boys soccer team forms in Emmeloord 
1957
Larry King's 1st radio broadcast 
1957
US gives Poland credit of $95 million 
1957
Vanguard TV-1 booster test reaches 195 km 
1958
Ambonese rebellion bombed Ambon/conquer Morotai 
1958
Arturo Frondizi sworn in as president of Argentina 
1959
Floyd Patterson KOs Brian London in 11 for heavyweight boxing title 
1959
West Germany introduces 5 day work week 
1959
White Sox Early Wynn beats Red Sox 1-0 on his own HR 
1960
India's Bombay state split into Gujarat & Maharashtra states 
1960
Pancho Gonzalez retires from tennis 
1960
Russia shoots down Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane over Sverdlovsk 
1961
1st US airplane hijacked to Cuba 
1961
Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba 
1961
Pulitzer prize awarded to Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird) 
1961
Tanganyika granted full internal self-government by Britain 
1962
1st French underground nuclear experiment in the Sahara 
1962
Bo Belinsky pitches a no-hitter, in his 4th start 
1962
France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria 
1962
JFK authorizes Area Redevelopment Act (ARA) 
1963
1st American (James Whittaker) conquers Mount Everest 
1963
Indonesia takes control of Irian Jaya (west New Guinea) from Neth 
1964
1st BASIC program runs on a computer (Dartmouth) 
1965
91st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker on Lucky Debonair wins in 2:01.2 
1965
Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 3 
1965
USSR launches Luna 5; later impacts on Moon 
1965
Battle of Dong-Yin, a naval conflict between ROC and PRC, takes place. 
1966
Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley) 
1966
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational 
1966
Radio RSA, South Africa begins shortwave transmitting 
1966
US troops shooting targets in Cambodia 
1967
Anastasio Somoza Debayle becomes president of Nicaragua 
1967
Jelle Zijlstra becomes president of Netherlands Bank 
1967
Pulitzer prize awarded to Bernard Malamud (Fixer) 
1968
"Ben Franklin in Paris" closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 215 perfs 
1968
Phillies J Boozer is ejected for throwing spitballs during his warmup 
1969
43 Unification church couples wed in NYC 
1969
Houston Don Wilson 2nd no-hitter beats Cin Reds, 4-0 
1969
Leonard Tose buys NFL Philadelphia Eagles for $16,155,000 
1969
Pirate Radio Station 259 (England/France) begins transmitting 
1969
James Chichester-Clark is elected as leader of the Unionist party, succeededing Terence O'Neill as the Northern Ireland Prime Minister 
1971
97th Kentucky Derby: Gustavo Avila on Canonero II wins in 2:03.2 
1971
Amtrak Railroad begins operation 
1971
Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar" 
1972
"Different Times" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 24 performances 
1972
North Vietnamese troops occupy Quang Tri Activities Committee 
1972
Pulitzer prize awarded to Wallace Stegner (Angle of Repose) 
1972
Radio's Mutual Black Network premieres 
1973
SF Giants score 7 runs with 2 outs in 9th to beat Pirates, 8-7 
1975
Islander Parise & Potvin score within 14 seconds in playoffs Flyers 5-Isles 4-semifinals-Flyers hold 2-0 lead 
1976
102nd Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr on Bold Forbes wins in 2:01.6 
1976
Jos Hermens, runs Dutch record for 20K (57:24.2) 
1976
Empress Lilly, replica of a paddle steamer, dedicated at Disney World Florida 
1977
Chantal Langlace runs female world record marathon (2:35:15.4) 
1977
Debbie Austin wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic 
1977
36 people are killed in Taksim Square, Istanbul, during the Labour Day celebrations. 
1978
1st black mayor of New Orleans (Ernest Morial) inaugurated 
1978
MVV soccer team forms in Maastricht 
1978
Naomi Uemura became 1st to reach North Pole overland alone 
1979
Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel 
1979
Home rule introduced to Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland) 
1979
Marshall Islands (in Pacific) become self-governing 
1980
"Day in Hollywood, A Night..." opens at John Golden NYC for 588 perf 
1980
15th Academy of Country Music Awards: Barbara Mandrell wins 
1980
Sabres & Islanders play to 1:20 of 5th period in a playoff 
1980
Amer Book Award: William Styron (Sophie Choice)/T Wolfe (Right Stuff) 
1981
Tennis player Billie Jean King acknowledges a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett - becoming first prominent sportswoman to come out 
1981
Harrison Williams (Sen-D-NJ) convicted on FBI Abscam charges 
1981
Radio Shack releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3 
1982
108th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye on Gato Del Sol wins in 2:02.4 
1982
1982 World's Fair in Knoxville Tennessee opens 
1982
Nordiques 4-Isles 5 (OT)-semifinals-Isles hold 3-0 lead 
1983
"My One & Only" opens at St James Theater NYC for 767 performances 
1983
Hollis Stacy wins LPGA CPC International Golf Tournament 
1984
Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1984
Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac) files for bankruptcy 
1985
"Communist" bomb attack kills 2 firemen in Brussels 
1985
US President Reagan ends embargo against Nicaragua 
1985
William Hoffman's "As Is" premieres in NYC 
1986
Bill Elliott sets stock car speed record of 212.229 mph 
1986
Russian news agency Tass reports Chernobyl nuclear power plant mishap 
1986
Will Stegers expedition reaches North Pole 
1987
46 HRs hit in 13 baseball games 
1987
Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish born nun 
1988
"Romance/Romance" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 297 perfs 
1988
Two IRA attacks in and near Roermond, Netherlands, kills 3 British servicemen and wounds 3 more 
1988
Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic 
1989
135 acre Disney's MGM studio officially opens to public 
1989
Jockey Chris Antley ends record of 64 consecutive winning days 
1989
US Supreme Court rules employees have legal burden to prove non- discriminatory reasons for not hiring or promoting 
1990
"Prelude to a Kiss" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC 
1991
"Will Rogers Follies" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 983 performances 
1991
A's Rickey Henderson steals an all time record 939th base vs Yanks 
1991
Angolan civil war ends 
1991
Last day of Test cricket for Gordon Greenidge 
1991
Milwaukee Brewers beat Chicago Cubs, 10-9, in 19 innings 
1991
Rickey Henderson breaks Lou Brocks record with his 939th steal 
1991
Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan pitches record 7th no hitter (beats Toronto 3-0) 
1991
Skin-Spit-Skin featuring lesbian, homosexual & hetrosexual nude couples caressing, is seen by 5,000 in NYC 
1992
Eric Houston kills 4 in a California HS where he failed history 4 yrs prior 
1992
LA Dodgers postpone 3 games due to racial riots over Rodney King beating 
1992
NY Rangers wins their 1st ever 7th game of a playoff (vs NJ Devils) 
1992
Rickey Henderson steals his 1,000th base 
1993
119th Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey aboard Sea Hero wins in 2:02.4 
1993
Bomb attack on Sri Lankan president (26 die) 
1994
"My Fair Lady" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 165 performances 
1994
"Rise & Fall of Little Voice" opens at Neil Simon NYC for 9 perfs 
1994
-3] Tornado & hail storms hit Jiangxi China, 95 killed 
1994
Charles Kuralt retires as CBS newsman (On the Road) 
1994
Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Sprint Senior Challenge Golf Tournament 
1994
Sherri Steinhauer wins LPGA Sprint Golf Championship 
1995
"On the Waterfront" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 8 performances 
1995
Steve Waugh scores 200 for Australia v WI at Sabina Park 
1995
Croatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence. 
1996
"Ideal Husband" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 308 performances 
1996
Gerald Williams is 1st NY Yankee since 1934 to get 6 hits in a game 
1997
Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in San Diego CA on KIOZ 105.3 FM 
1997
Tony Blair elected Prime Minister of UK 
1997
Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality. 
1999
125th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley aboard Charismatic wins in 2:03.29 
2000
Philippine President 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 presidential palace at the height of the EDSA III rebellion. 
2003
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 off the coast of California. 
2004
Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin. 
2004
130th Kentucky Derby: Stewart Elliot aboard Smarty Jones wins in 2:04.06 
2006
The Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow. 
2007
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. 
2008
The London Agreement on translation of European patents, concluded in 2000, enters into force in 14 of the 34 Contracting States to the European Patent Convention. 
2009
Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden. 
2010
Car bomb fails to go off in Times Square, New York City 
2010
136th Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard Super Saver wins in 2:04.45 
2010
Canadian singer Bryan Adams is given the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts 
2011
Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI. 
2012
China and Russia sign $15 billion dollar trade deal 
2012
Guggenheim Partners make the largest ever purchase of a sports franchise after buying the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2.1 billion 
2013
Insurgents kill 6 people in Pattani, Thailand 
2013
15 people are killed by multiple bomb attacks across Iraq 
2013
16 people are killed in a flash flood in Saudi Arabia 
2013
A digital camera is created that can mimic insect compound eyes 
2016
Building Collapses in Kenyan Capital, Killing at Least 10 
2016
Kenya Burns Elephant Ivory Worth $105 Million to Defy Poachers 
2017
US soldier killed in Iraq during a patrol outside Mosul 
2017
US coalition strikes against ISIS killed at least 352 civilians since 2014, Pentagon says 
2017
Trump calls North Korean leader a 'pretty smart cookie' 
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