2nd May 1927 : Despite the prohibition law to stop alcohol consumption the sale of hip flasks continues to grow which many say is encouraging the sale of alcohol and women’s pressure groups are trying to ban the sale of hip flasks
1929 U.S.A. Tornado
2nd May 1929 : A devastating tornado sweeps through Morgantown, West Virginia with the path roughly quarter mile wide and ran through the Riverside, Seneca and Walnut Hill areas
1930 U.S.A. Hoover Says Stock Market Crash Temporary Setback
2nd May 1930 : President Hoover in a speech said that the stock market crash of last year was just a temporary setback and would soon pass and that the economy would soon bounce back ( this was 6 months after the stock market crash and the great depression of the 1930’s would continue and worsen over the next 5 years )
1931 U.S.A. The Empire State Building
1st May 1931 : The Empire State Building in New York Officially opens
1931 U.S.A. Al Capone
1st May 1931 : The Gangster Al Capone is being sought for questioning over the murder of Mike De Pike Hitler from a rival gang by detectives in Chicago a number of other members of his gang .
1933 Scotland Loch Ness Monster
2nd May 1933 : A local Inverness newspaper “The Inverness Courier” publishes an account by a local couple who claimed to have seen “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface.” of Loch Ness.
1937 U.S.A. Neutrality Acts
1st May 1937 : America strengthens it’s Neutrality Act first passed in 1935 and ammended in 1936 which created an embargo on arms trading with the countries at war, loans or credits to countries at war. In 1937 the Neutrality Act was ammended again stating “all trade with countries involved in war must be conducted on a cash-and-carry basis”
1942 England Free French Resistance
1st May 1942 : The leader of the Free French Military Resistance Movement based in London Charles De Gaulle is rallying troops and support to help keep up the fight for freedom for his french compatriots.
1942 U.S.A. Code Talkers
1st May 1941 : The first “Code talkers” Navajo indians are specially recruited by the Marines to serve in their standard communications units in the Pacific Theater, they provide an unbreakable combat voice communications code 2nd May 1933 : A local Inverness newspaper “The Inverness Courier” publishes an account by a local couple who claimed to have seen “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface.” of Loch Ness.
1945 Germany Fall Of Berlin
2nd May 1945 : Russia announced the fall of Berlin and the capture of 70,000 Germans who had surrendered.
1946 U.S.A. Alcatraz
2nd May 1946 : Alcatraz convicts fought a raging gun battle with guards at the rock for their freedom after they seized the guns from the armory and passed them out to fellow prisoners, one guard has been killed and 3 injured . The Guards still do not have control of the Island fully and the fighting continues.
1961 Cuba Castro Bans Elections
1st May 1961 : Castro bans elections in Cuba saying “The revolution has no time for elections.” and telling the 10,000’s who attended the May Day Celebrations Cuba is a socialist country. He has also stated all Roman Catholic priests would be expelled and all Roman Catholic and private schools would be nationalised.
1965 Santa Dominica Fighting
1st May 1965 : Fierce fighting is still happening on the streets in Dominica between US Paratroopers and local forces despite a cease fire having been agreed and signed
2nd May 1966 : The United States has admitted firing an artillery barrage into Neutralist Cambodia as part of an offensive against Viet Cong troops, the B52 bombers were sent from Guam to help slow the north Vietnamese offensive.
1969 U.S.A. Student Protests
2nd May 1969 : Police forces in the United States are cracking down on student protests on campuses across the US using a number of means at their disposal including warrants and an increased police presence. The universities include some of the most well known institutions including Columbia, Harvard, Cornell and Stanford Universities.
1971 U.S.A. Anti War demonstrators
2nd May 1971 : Anti War demonstrators in the Capitol were foiled by mass arrests from flying squads of police using tear gas and batons to break up large crowds of protesters and arrested over 6000 protesters who were trying to stop traffic flowing in the capitol, in the afternoon a large number of National Guards and Army and Marines to help with controlling the demonstrations.
1973 England 1.5 Million Strike On Day Of Protest
1st May 1973 : About one and a half million workers joined the TUC call for a one-day strike in protest at the government’s pay restraint policy and price rises. The biggest effect was in the transport industry including the railways which forced many others to stay home because they could not get to work.
1977 Turkey Gunfight
1st May 1977 : A march by 100,000 May Day protesters turned into a gunfight between rival leftist groups and 33 people were left dead from the fighting
1980 U.S.A. Unemployment 7%
2nd May 1980 : It was announced that current unemployment figures are now 7% of the workforce which is the highest since the recession in 1976 / 1977, and in some areas of the country, in Michigan for example the rate is now 12% and which can be described as a labor market recession .
1982 Falkland Islands British Bombing
1st May 1982 : British Warships and Fighter Bombers bombed Argentinean positions at Port Stanley on the Islands as war broke out over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands after Argentina invaded the Islands .
1982 Falkland Islands Argentina’s Belgrano Sunk
2nd May 1982 : The General Belgrano in the Argentine navy is struck by two Tigerfish torpedoes from HMS Conqueror and sunk. The sinking of The Belgrano is controversial because the ship was outside the 200-mile total exclusion zone. The Belgrano had a complement of about 1,000 men and 368 lives were lost in the sinking.
1997 England Labour Party
1st May 1997 : After nearly 20 years of Conservative government, British voters give the Labour Party, led by Tony Blair, a landslide victory in British parliamentary elections.
2001 U.S.A. 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
1st May 2001 : Thomas E. Blanton Jr. became the second ex-Ku Klux Klansman to be convicted in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing by members of a Ku Klux Klan group in Birmingham, Alabama, The bombing of the African-American church resulted in the deaths of four girls.
2001 U.S.A. Sotheby’s and Christies
2nd May 2001 : The former chairmen of Sotheby’s and Christies are charged by a federal jury in the United States on charges of conspiring to overcharge its customers with commission rates because the chairmen of the two apparently rival auction houses had a secret deal to fix commission rates.
2003 U.S.A. George W. Bush announces major combat in Iraq is over
1st May 2003 : President George W. Bush on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast announces in a speech to the nation, major combat in Iraq is over.
2005 North Korea North Korea Tests Missile
1st May, 2005 : The United States monitored apparent military tests in North Korea. Reports had been that the North Korean military fired short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan.
2006 U.S.A. Hispanic Immigrant Strike
1st May 2006 : The Great American Strike was a one day boycott of United States schools and businesses by immigrants, both legal and illegal, mostly Latin American origin it is estimated that one million people participated in the demonstrations of mostly Hispanic immigrants skipped work and took to the streets in protest at the immigration reform proposals.
2006 Bolivia Nationalizes Natural Gas Reserves
1st May 2006 : President Evo Morales signs decree nationalizing hydrocarbons including natural gas, he Ordered the military and engineers of YPFB, the state firm, to occupy and secure energy installations, and gave 6 months for current operators to re-negotiate contracts which would increase the percentage of revenue to the government from resources by 20%.
2007 United Kingdom Animal Rights Extremists Arrested In Raids
1st May, 2007 : Police across the United Kingdom and Europe arrested over thirty people believed to be involved with extremist animal rights groups who were targeting various organizations and businesses. Some crimes the police believed these groups were planning to commit or had already committed included burglary and blackmail.
2008 Australia Ongoing Drought
1st May 2008 : Australia’s drought continues and is presently in the grip of what the locals call the “Big Dry” the worst period of drought in a century. The effects of this ongoing drought range from up to 10% of farmers giving up to wheat production going from a high of 25m tonnes of wheat each year to wheat crops below 10m tonnes per year a decrease of more than 50%.
2009 Switzerland UBS Refuses to Share Bank Information with US
1st May, 2009 : The Swiss bank, UBS, refused to share information with the Internal Revenue Service in the United States on over 50,000 customers who are believed to be hiding up to fifteen billion dollars in taxes in Swiss bank accounts. The largest bank in Switzerland argued that releasing that information would violate the law in Switzerland after the IRS began a civil lawsuit against the bank in order to find out the identity of the secret account holders.
2010 Mexico Legionaries of Christ Catholic Order Overhauled by Vatican
1st May, 2010 : Pope Benedict XVI ordered that the Legionaries of Christ, a Catholic order founded by Mexican priest Marcial Maciel, be purified. The order’s founding priest had been accused of sexually abusing boys for over thirty years, amongst other allegations, but had denied those claims until his death in 2006. The statement came from the Pope after an investigation by bishops concluded that the allegations were indeed true.
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