ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ MAY 1
1900 - Premature blast collapses mine tunnel killing 200 at Scofield, Utah.
1901 - Herb McFarland hit 1st grand slam in American League.
1912 - Beverly Hills Hotel opens.
1916 - Glenn Ford, Quebec Canada, actor (Cade's County, Big Heat, Midway).
1918 - Jack Paar, Canton Ohio, American television host of the Jack Paar Show (d. 2004).
1920 - Babe Ruth's 1st Yankee HR & 50th of career, out of Polo Grounds.
1927 - 1st British airliner to serve cooked meals (Imperial Airways).
1928 - Pitcairn Airlines (later Eastern) begins service.
1931 - Empire State Building opens in NYC.
1931 - Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running radio program on CBS.
1935 - Boulder Dam completed.
1935 - Canada's 1st silver dollar is circulated.
1939 - Batman first appears in comics (Detective Comics, Issue #27).
1939 - Judy Collins, Seattle Wash, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds).
1939 - "Lonesome Road" is recorded by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
1939 - Pulitzer Prize awarded to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Yearling).
1940 - The 1940 Olympics are cancelled.
1941 - "Citizen Kane," directed & starring Orson Welles, premieres in NY.
1941 - General Mills introduces Cheerioats (later, Cheerios).
1942 - Radio Orange calls to defy order to wear "Jewish star".
1943 - 69th Kentucky Derby: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 2:04.
1943 - Food rationing begins in US.
1944 - Rita Coolidge, Nashville Tn, singer (Higher & Higher, We're All Alone).
1947 - Radar for commercial & private planes 1st demonstrated.
1947 - Rear Admiral Roscoe H Hillenkoetter, USN, becomes 3th director of CIA.
1948 - 74th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:05.4.
1948 - North Korean proclaims itself People's Democratic Republic of Korea.
1948 - Glenn Taylor, Idaho Senator, arrested in Birmingham Alabama for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked "for Negroes".
1950 - Gwendolyn Brooks, is 1st Black awarded a Pulitzer Prize (poetry).
1950 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Rodgers & Hammerstein (South Pacific).
1951 - Mickey Mantle's 1st HR.
1952 - Mr Potato Head, introduced.
1952 - TWA introduces tourist class.
1954 - 80th Kentucky Derby: Raymond York aboard Determine wins in 2:03.
1956 - A doctor in Japan reports an "epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system", marking the official discovery of Minamata disease.
1957 - Larry King's 1st radio broadcast.
1960 - Pancho Gonzalez retires from tennis.
1961 - 1st US airplane hijacked to Cuba.
1961 - Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba.
1961 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).
1963 - 1st American (James Whittaker) conquers Mount Everest.
1965 - 91st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker on Lucky Debonair wins in 2:01.2.
1965 - The Supremes' "Back In My Arms Again" is released.
1966 - Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley).
1966 - US troops shooting targets in Cambodia.
1967 - Elvis Presley & Priscilla Beaulieu wed in Las Vegas.
1967 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Bernard Malamud (Fixer).
1969 - 43 Unification church couples wed in NYC.
1969 - Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash tape a TV special at the Grand Ol' Opry in Nashville, TN.
1970 - Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin combine for the first time on Elton’s first American album "Elton John".
1971 - 97th Kentucky Derby: Gustavo Avila on Canonero II wins in 2:03.2.
1971 - Amtrak Railroad begins operation.
1971 - Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar".
1972 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Wallace Stegner (Angle of Repose).
1972 - Paul Simon releases his self-titled solo debut album.
1973 - Bachman-Turner Overdrive release its first LP (self-titled) with former Guess Who guitarist Randy Bachman.
1974 - The Carpenters perform at U.S. President Nixon's request at a White House dinner for West German Chancellor Willy Brandt.
1976 - 102nd Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr on Bold Forbes wins in 2:01.6.
1979 - Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel.
1980 - 15th Academy of Country Music Awards: Barbara Mandrell wins.
1981 - Harrison Williams (Sen-D-NJ) convicted on FBI Abscam charges.
1982 - 108th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye on Gato Del Sol wins in 2:02.4.
1982 - 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville Tennessee opens.
1984 - Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac) files for bankruptcy.
1985 - US president Reagan ends embargo against Nicaragua.
1986 - Tass reports Chernobyl nuclear power plant mishap.
1986 - Will Stegers expedition reaches North Pole.
1989 - 135 acre Disney's MGM studio officially opens to public.
1989 - Police in California are called to a jewelry store after employees report a suspicious person. The person turns out to be Michael Jackson shopping in disguise.
1991 - "Will Rogers Follies" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 983 performances.
1993 - 119th Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey aboard Sea Hero wins in 2:02.4.
1994 - Charles Kuralt, retires as CBS newsman (On the Road).
2007 - The Los Angeles May Day mêlée occurs at a pro-illegal immigration rally.
2010 - Car bomb fails to go off in Times Square, New York City.