On This Day In History, 1 May


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World Events Today

  • The Treaty of Edinburgh–Northampton, a peace treaty between the Kingdoms of England and Scotland, was ratified by the English Parliament today in 1328
  • The Alexandra Palace in London, also known as “Ally Pally”, after being destroyed by fire, was reopened today in 1875
  • The Empire State Building in New York City, the Art Deco skyscraper featured in the original King Kong movie, opened today in 1931

Entertainment Events Today

  • The British rock band The Beatles performed their final scheduled live concert today in 1966, it was at the Empire Pool in Wembley, London
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando opened today in 1989
  • Gladiator, the epic historical action movie directed by Ridley Scott, premiered today in 2000 in Los Angeles

Family Events Today

  • Martha Jane Cannary, better known as the American frontierswoman Calamity Jane, friend of Wild Bill Hickok, was born today in 1852
  • Elvis Presley, “The King”, married Priscilla Beaulieu, at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas today in 1967
  • The American singer-songwriter Ray Parker Junior, who wrote and performed the theme song to the 1984 movie Ghostbusters, was born today in 1954 in Michigan

Main Event Today

  • The Penny Black, the world’s first adhesive postage stamp to be used in a public postal system, was first issued in the United Kingdom today in 1840

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Mother Goose Day

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