Today in History: May 1

Today in History: May 1

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0408

Theodosius II succeeds to the throne of Constantinople.

1308

King Albert is murdered by his nephew John, because he refused his share of the Habsburg lands.

1486

Christopher Columbus convinces Queen Isabella to fund expedition to the West Indies.

1805

The state of Virginia passes a law requiring all freed slaves to leave the state, or risk either imprisonment or deportation.

1863

The Battle of Chancellorsville begins as Union General Joe Hooker starts his three-pronged attack against Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

1867

Reconstruction in the South begins with black voter registration.

1877

President Rutherford B. Hayes withdraws all Federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction.

1898

The U.S. Navy under Commodore George Dewey defeats the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Manila Bay in the Philippines.

1915

The British luxury liner Lusitania leaves New York Harbor for a voyage to Europe. A week later it would be torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat.

1927

Adolf Hitler holds his first Nazi meeting in Berlin.

1931

The Empire State Building opens in New York.

1934

The Philippine legislature accepts a U.S. proposal for independence.

1937

President Franklin Roosevelt signs an act of neutrality, keeping the United States out of World War II.

1944

The Messerschmitt Me 262, the first combat jet, makes its first flight.

1945

Martin Bormann, private secretary to Adolf Hitler, escapes the Führerbunker as the Red Army advances on Berlin.

1948

North Korea is established.

1950

Gwendolyn Brooks becomes the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry called Annie Allen.

1960

Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane is shot down over Russia.

1961

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

1968

In the second day of battle, U.S. Marines, with the support of naval fire, continue their attack on a North Vietnamese Division at Dai Do.

1970

Students from Kent State University riot in downtown Kent, Ohio, in protest of the American invasion of Cambodia.

1986

The Tass News Agency reports the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.

2011

Osama Bin Laden is killed in Abbottabad Pakistan by US Navy SEALS in Operation Neptune Spear.