May 1 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1850 - Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn
1872 - Hugo Alfven, Swedish Composer, Violinist, and Choral Conductor
1881 - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French Roman aCathoaalic Priest, Paleontologist and Philosopher
1913 - Walter Susskind, Conductor
1937 - Bo Nilsson, Swedish Composer
1944 - Rita Coolidge, Singer
1946 - Joanna Lumley, Actress

Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn

Historical Events

1707 - Scotland and England are united by an Act of Parliament - England, Wales, and Scotland are united to form Great Britain. The first article of the act describes the Union flag as a combination of the cross of St. Andrew and the cross of St. George. the final design will  also incorporate the cross of St. Patrick of Ireland. It is often called the "Union Jack" as British ships fly the flag on the jackstaff. Otherwise, it is simply called "Union flag."

1761 - Joseph Haydn joins the service of Prince Esterhazy as Kapellmeister, in Eisenstadt, Austria. His association lasts some thirty years. 

1786 - The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart premieres in Vienna, Austria.

1931 - The 102-story Empire State Building opens in New York City.

1941 - Orson Welles' film Citizen Kane premieres at the RKO Palace in New York.

1964 - The first BASIC program runs on a computer at Dartmouth College. BASIC was the first functional multi-purpose programming language, at the time when computers relied on customized programs.

1967 - Elvis Presley (aged 32) marries Priscilla Beaulieu (aged 21) in Las Vegas.  Lisa Marie, their daughter, was born nine months later, on February 1, 1968. The couple met 8.5 years earlier in Germany when Elvis was on his tour of duty. Priscillia, 14, was living with her stepfather in Wiesbaden. The couple's marriage lasted 6 years. They divorced amicably in October, 1973.

1971 - Dave Brubeck's oratorio Truth Has Fallen is first performed at the opening of the Center for Arts, Midland, Michigan.

1997 - Great Britain's Labour Party led by Tony Blair wins a national election in a landslide victory.

1999 - The body of mountaineer George Leigh Mallory is found near the summit of Mt. Everest, having been missing since a 1924 expedition. It is not known whether he died on the way up or he and his climbing partner Andrew Irving were actually successful before Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. 

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2. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 19th Ed. London: Chambers Harrap, 2011
3. Dateline. Sydney: Millennium House, (2006)
4. Grun, Bernard. The Timestables of History, New 3rd Revised Ed. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (1991)

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