Today in History - May 1


1707 - The Act of Union joined England and Scotland to form Great Britain. 
1751 - America’s first cricket tournament was held in New York City. 
1851 - the Great Exhibition opens to wide acclaim in the Crystal Palace in London. Inside the Crystal Palace, a giant glass-and-iron hall designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, more than 10,000 exhibitors set up eight miles of tables. 
1926 - Ford Motor Company becomes one of the first companies in America to adopt a five-day, 40-hour week for workers in its automotive factories. 
1927 - Adolf Hitler held his first Nazi meeting in Berlin. 
1931 - The Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 102 stories, it would be the world's tallest building for the next 41 years. 
1941 - Orson Welles's Citizen Kane, considered by many the greatest film ever made, premiered in New York. 
1948 - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) was established with Kim Il Sung as president. 
1958 - President Eisenhower proclaims Law Day to honor the role of law in the creation of the United States of America. Three years later, Congress followed suit by passing a joint resolution establishing May 1 as Law Day. 
1961 - Fidel Castro announced there would be no more elections in Cuba. 1963 - James Whittaker of Redmond, Washington, becomes the first American to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. 
1989 - Disney-MGM Studios opened 
2000 - ABC aired the first celebrity "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." 
2009 - For the first time in 341 years, a woman is appointed as poet laureate of the United Kingdom. Carol Ann Duffy, 53, will take over the post from current poet laureate Andrew Motion. 
2011 - U.S. President Barack Obama announced that U.S. soldiers had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

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