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Notable Historical Events for May 1st

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.

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

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

1936FBI's J. Edgar Hoover arrests Alvin Karpis

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Birthdays on May 1st

1852Calamity Jane, Princeton Missouri, American frontierswoman (Wild Bill Hickok)

1738Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii (1782-1819) (d. 1819)

1975Jodhi May, London, British actress (A World Apart, The Other Boleyn Girl)

1769Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington and British Prime Minister (Tory) (1828-30)

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Notable Weddings on May 1st

1881Physiologist Ivan Pavlov (32) weds Seraphima Karchevskaya

1850Soldier William Tecumseh Sherman (30) weds Eleanor Boyle Ewing in Washington, D.C.

1954Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos (36) weds Imelda Romualdez (24) in a Catholic church

1917Country singer Jimmie Rodgers (19) weds Stella Kelley

1998Cyclist Lance Armstrong weds Kristin Richard (divorced 2003)

1982Actress Kate Jackson (33) weds business executive David Greenwald in Beverly Hills, California

1998"Reality Bites" actor Ethan Hawke (27) weds "Pulp Fiction" actress Uma Thurman (28)

1967King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley (32) weds actress Priscilla Beaulieu (21) at Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

1980Zaire President Mobutu Sese Seko (49) weds Bobi Ladawa

2010Actor-producer Seth Green (36) weds actress Clare Grant (30) at George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch in Nacasio, California

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Notable Deaths on May 1st

1873David Livingstone, British physician/explorer (Africa), dies at 60

1945Paul Joseph Goebbels, German Nazi Minister of Propoganda, commits suicide aged 47 with his wife and arranges the death of his 6 children aged

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