Today in History for 1st May 2021

Historical Events

1048 – Bishop Bernold flees St Pieterskerk for Utrecht, Netherlands
1948 – 74th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro wins aboard Citation to become first 4-time Derby winning jockey
1950 – Mayor of Brussels reluctantly bans May Day parade
1978 – 1st African American mayor of New Orleans, Ernest Nathan Morial, inaugurated
2011 – Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI
2013 – 15 people are killed by multiple bomb attacks across Iraq

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Famous Birthdays

1592 – Johann A Schall von Bell, German missionary and astronomer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1666)
1850 – Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor General of Canada (1911-16), born in Buckingham Palace, London (d. 1942)
1852 – Calamity Jane [Martha Jane Canary], American frontierswoman, born in Princeton, Missouri (d. 1903)
1939 – Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1988)
1949 – Douglas Barr, actor (Howie-Fall Guy), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1957 – Steve Farris, rock guitarist (Mr Mister)

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Famous Deaths

1952 – William Fox [Fried], US film pioneer (Nickelodeon), dies at 73
1991 – Richard Thorpe, American director (Jailhouse Rock, Night Must Fall), dies at 95
1993 – Ranasinghe Premadasa, pres (Sri Lanka, 1989-93), assassinated at 68
2003 – Wim van Est, Dutch road cyclist (3 x stage winner Tour de France), dies at 80
2018 – Ninalee Craig, American-born Canadian teacher and photograph subject, dies at 90 of complications from lung cancer
2018 – Sun Yueh, Chinese-born Taiwanese actor (Papa, Can You Hear Me Sing), dies of sepsis at 87

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