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Events for May 1

1-May-1867Sri Kasinadhuni Nageswara Rao Pantulu, great freedom fighter, journalist, nationalist, politician, pioneer in library movement and litterateur, was born at Elakurru village in Gudivada Taluk, District Krishna.
1-May-1879Swami Vivekanand established Ramkrishna Mission.
1-May-1886May Day was first observed in Chicago, USA. Work, Social activities, Rest, for 8 Hours.
1-May-1897Vivekananda Swami established Ramakrishna Mission.
1-May-1902Tornodo hit Dhaka part of Bengal, claims 416 lives.
1-May-1908Praful Chaki committed suicide after he threw a bomb on Judge Kingsford of Mujaffarpur, killing two inocent women.
1-May-1909Madame Bhikaji Cama secretly left London and went to France where she was wrote and spoke about the cruelty of Britishers.
1-May-1913Balraj Sahani, famous film actor, was born.
1-May-1915Rameshwar Shukla 'Anchal', modern Hindi poet, novelist and essay writer, was born.
1-May-1922Madhu Limaye, great politician, freedom fighter, writer and national leader, was born at Pune, Maharashtra.
1-May-1923Under the leadership of Singaravelu Chettiar, the first May day was celebrated in India.
1-May-1926Jim Corbett killed the notorious man-eating leopard of Rudraprayag at Gulabrai village, who had attacked and killed about 125 people.
1-May-1927Dr. Namwar Singh was born.
1-May-1940Marathi magzine `Digdarshan' was published.
1-May-1946Joanna Lumley, actress (Abs Fab, OHM's Secret Service), was born in Kashmir, India.
1-May-1947Congress Working Committee accepts Partition in principle.
1-May-1948Baroda State merged into Bombay Province.
1-May-1958Bell, 47 G3, the flight was upgraded to a helicopter unit with a Sqn Ldr as its Commanding Officer.
1-May-1960Old Bombay province was divided between Maharashtra and Gujrat States.
1-May-1964Ravishankar University was established at Raipur in Madhya Pradesh.
1-May-1966Marathi becomes the official language of Maharashtra.
1-May-1972All fuel coal mines were nationalised.
1-May-1973All non-fuel Coal Mines fields were nationalised.
1-May-1977Janata Party was established.
1-May-1981Sindhudurga district was formed in Maharashtra State.
1-May-1983Amravati University established.
1-May-1983V. N. Swamy, pace bowler without distinction in one Test for India, passed away.
1-May-1987The Bofors Deal.
1-May-1992Seperate secretariat was established for primary education.
1-May-1992C. Arjun, famous music director, passed away.
1-May-1993Narayan Ganesh Goray, socialist stalwart, 86, passed away in Pune.
1-May-1994Political party Shiromani Akali Dal was established.
1-May-1994Six leading Akali factions dissolved to form a new party, the Shiromani Akali Dal-Amritsar, which wanted a 'Sikh State'.
1-May-199560 killed as Madras-Kanyakumari Express collides with a goods train at Danishpet
1-May-1995SAARC endorses South Asia Free Trade Area (SAFTA) and establishes a South Asian Development Fund (SADF) for the economic and technical development of the subcontinent.
1-May-1996Ban imposed (through a Delhi high court judgment) on the film 'Bandit Queen', based on the life of Phoolan Devi, lifted by Supreme Court.
1-May-1996International women's master Anupama Gokhale of Bharat Petroleum becomes the first woman in the history of Indian chess to win an all-India level international rating tournament with her bagging the Mohammed Hassan memorial title.
1-May-1996 P. Shiv Shanker, Kerala Governor, resigns in view of the ongoing CBI investigation against him in the hawala case.
1-May-1996Motilal Vohra, U.P. Governor, resigns (hawala case).
1-May-1997Abhijit Kunte wins National `A' chess championshop for men.
1-May-1997Anand wins all three categories in Amber chess tournament in Monte Carlo.
1-May-1998The Konkan Railway running for 760-km is dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This was an extention from Ratnagiri.
1-May-1998India and Peru sign agreements on space technology and agriculture during the visit of Indian President K. R. Narayanan there.
1-May-1999India retained the SAFF Coca-Cola football title in Margao, beating Bangladesh in the final.
1-May-2000 Bidyut Ganguly (64), veteran CPI(M) leader and West Bengal Commerce and Industry Minister, died of severe burns in Calcutta.

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