On This Day In History…

Natalie Dest , Arts and Entertainment Editor

New things are happening every day; and today, history is being made by the minute. We are fortunate enough to document this through photographs, videos and our own eyes. Although we may not acknowledge this privilege every day, it’s important to recognize the accomplishment and the failures that have shaped America throughout the years.

Every day that has passed includes different events and strides that make each one unique. When reflecting on Wednesday, May 1, whether it be one day ago or 100 years ago, this day has had numerous defining moments of history throughout politics, music, art, sports and many more that contribute to our country’s growth over time.

Below is a list of some of the notable moments on this day in history:

Events of Interest: 

1489: Christopher Columbus proposes his plan to search for a western route to India. Full support on his proposal is granted three years later, in 1492.

1704: Boston Newsletter publishes the first newspaper advertisement.

1778: American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.

1822: John Phillips becomes the first mayor of Boston.

1863: Confederate “National Flag” replaces “Stars & Bars.”

1867: Reconstruction of the South commences, black voter registration begins.

1837: First US postal card issued.

1912: Beverly Hills Hotel opens.

1931: Empire State Building opens in New York City.

1963: James Whittaker is the first American to conquer Mount Everest.

1986: Will Stegers expedition reaches the North Pole.

1994: 14″ of snowfall in Southern California.

2011: U.S. President Barack Obama announced that U.S. soldiers had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

Art and Music: 

1931: Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running radio program on CBS.

1957: Larry King’s first radio broadcast.

1941: “Citizen Kane,” directed by Orson Welles is premiered at the Palace Theater in New York City.

1961: Pulitzer Prize awarded to Harper Lee for her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

1971: Rolling Stones release “Brown Sugar.”

1979: Elton John becomes the first pop-star to perform in Israel.

1989: Disney-MGM Studios opened.

1994: “My Fair Lady” closes at Virginia Theater, NYC, after 165 performances.

1997: Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in San Diego, CA on KIOZ 105.3 FM.

1999: Animated series “Spongebob Squarepants,” created by Stephen Hillenburg, debuts on Nickelodeon.

2000: “Gladiator,” directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe, premieres in LA.


1751: The New York Gazette carries the first public report of a cricket matched played in America.

1883: Bob Rogers is acknowledged as the first American pro sports trainer when he is hired by the NY Athletic Club.

1891: Legendary pitcher, Cy Young, wins first game played at Cleveland’s Leauge Park.

1920: Legendary slugger, Babe Ruth, smashes his 50th MLB career home run, his first for the New York Yankees.

1954: 80th Kentucky Derby.

1977: Golfer Gene Littler wins the Houston Open.

1981: Tennis player Billie Jean King, acknowleges a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett, becoming the first prominent sportswoman to come out.

1992: LA Dodgers postpone 3 MLB games, due to racial riots over the infamous Rodney King beating.

2000: Barry Bonds is the first MLB palyer to hit a homerun into San Fransico Bay.

2012: Guggenheim Partners make the largest ever purchase of a sports franchise after buying the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2.1 billion