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Today In History - May 1

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Today in History in in 1841 the first emigrant wagon train left Independence, Missouri bound for California; in 1931 the Empire State Building opened in New York City; and in 1967 singer, actor, and songwriter Tim McCraw was born in Louisiana.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1707 - England, Wales & Scotland form United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • 1753 - Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.
  • 1841 - 1st emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California
  • 1886 - US general strike for 8-hour working day begins
  • 1898 - George Dewey commands "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley" as US route Spanish fleet at Manila
  • 1931 - Empire State Building opens in NYC
  • 1997 - Tony Blair elected Prime Minister of UK

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1738 - Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii (1782-1819) (d. 1819)
  • 1769 - Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington and British Prime Minister (Tory) (1828-30)
  • 1852 - Calamity Jane [Martha Jane Canary], Princeton Missouri, American frontierswoman (Wild Bill Hickok)
  • 1939 - Judy Collins, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1954 - Ray Parker Jr, rock guitarist/vocalist (Ghostbusters), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1967 - Tim McGraw, American musician
  • 1975 - Jodhi May, British actress (A World Apart, The Other Boleyn Girl), born in London, England

Famous Weddings

  • 1576 - Stefan Batory, the reigning Prince of Transylvania, marries Anna Jagiellon and they become the co-rulers of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • 1840 - Women's rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (24) weds fellow abolitionist Henry Brewster Stanton (34)
  • 1850 - Soldier William Tecumseh Sherman (30) weds Eleanor Boyle Ewing in Washington, D.C.
  • 1881 - Physiologist Ivan Pavlov (32) weds Seraphima Karchevskaya
  • 1884 - "Poems of Passion" author Ella Wheeler Wilcox (33) weds Robert M. Wilcox in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1917 - Country singer Jimmie Rodgers (19) weds Stella Kelley
  • 1929 - American poet e.e (Edward Estlin) Cummings marries 2nd wife Anne Minnerly Barton
  • 1954 - Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos (36) weds Imelda Romualdez (24) in a Catholic church
  • 1967 - King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley (32) weds actress Priscilla Beaulieu (21) at Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1980 - Zaire President Mobutu Sese Seko (49) weds Bobi Ladawa
  • 1982 - Actress Kate Jackson (33) weds business executive David Greenwald in Beverly Hills, California
  • 1991 - Actor Robert Duvall weds Sharon Brophy
  • 1996 - Actress and talk show host Kelly Ripa (26) weds film actor Mark Consuelos (25) in Las Vegas
  • 1998 - "Reality Bites" actor Ethan Hawke (27) weds "Pulp Fiction" actress Uma Thurman (28)
  • Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance ArmstrongProfessional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong (1998) 1998 - Cyclist Lance Armstrong weds Kristin Richard (divorced 2003)
  • 1999 - "Dixie Chicks" singer Emily Erwin (26) weds singer-songwriter Charlie Robison (34) at Lone Star State in Texas
  • 1999 - "As Good As It Gets" actor Greg Kinnear (35) weds British model Helen Labdon (29)
  • 2009 - Olympic swimmer gold medalist Amanda Beard (27) weds photographer Sacha Brown (34) in Wakatobia, Indonesia
  • 2010 - Actor-producer Seth Green (36) weds actress Clare Grant (30) at George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch in Nacasio, California

Famous Divorces

  • 1978 - Actress and model Bianca Jagger files for divorce from Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger after 7 years of marriage on the grounds of his adultery with model Jerry Hall

Famous Deaths

  • 1873 - David Livingstone, British physician/explorer (Africa), dies at 60
  • 1945 - Paul Joseph Goebbels, German Nazi Minister of Propoganda, commits suicide aged 47 with his wife and arranges the death of his 6 children
  • 1997 - Bebe, AKA Flipper, dolphin, dies at 40
  • 1998 - Eldridge Cleaver, American activist (b. 1935)
  • 2000 - Steve Reeves, American actor (b. 1926)

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