May 1 in Pop Culture History

May 1 in Pop Culture History May 1 is Law Day, begun in 1958. “A national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share.” 526 (Earthquake) Antioch, Byzantine Empire (Turkey) 1707 – The Act of Union joined the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain. 1759 – Josiah Wedgwood founded the Wedgwood pottery company in Great Britain. 1849 – The telegraph register was patented (#6,420) by Samuel F. B.Morse. 1851 -The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations opened in Hyde Park, London, England. 1888 – Nikola Tesla was issued several patents (#381,968, #381,969, #381,970; #382,279, #381,980, #381,981, #381,982) relating to the induction magnetic motor, alternating current (AC) sychronous motor, AC transmission and electricity distribution. 1899 – Bayer introduced aspirin in powder form, in Germany. The pill came about in 1915. 1931 – The Empire State Building in New York City was dedicated by President Hoover from the White House in Washington DC. 1958 – The discovery of the Van Allen radiation belts that surround Earth by James Van Allen was published in the Washington Evening Star. 1941 – Citizen Kane debuted at the RKO Palace Theater in New York City. 1960 – American U-2 spy plane shot down over the Soviet Union. 1964 – The BASIC computer program was used for the first time at Dartmouth University by John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz. The name is an acronym for ‘Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code’. 1965 # 1 Hit May 1, 1965 – May 21, 1965: Herman’s HermitsMrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter 1976 # 1 Hit May 1, 1976 – May 7, 1976: The Bellamy BrothersLet Your Love Flow 1982 – The 1982 World’s Fair opened in Knoxville, Tennessee. 1983 – V miniseries began broadcasting on NBC. 1989 – Disney/MGM Studios opened at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States. 1993 # 1 Hit May 1, 1993 – May 14, 1993: SilkFreak Me 1999 – Spongebob SquarePants premiered on Nickelodeon after the 1999 Kids’ Choice Awards. 2010 # 1 Hit May 1, 2010 – May 14, 2010: B.o.B featuring Bruno MarsNothin’ on You 2011 – Osama bin Laden was reported killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan.

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