This Day In History (May 2)
On May 1, 1960, the Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane near Sverdlovsk and captured its pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
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On May 1, 1907, Kate Smith, the American singer who was considered the "first lady of radio," was born. Following her death on June 17, 1986, her obituary appeared in The Times. Go to obituary
1707 - The Kingdom of Great Britain was created as a treaty merging England and Scotland took effect.
1786 - Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro" premiered in Vienna.
1941 - The Orson Welles film "Citizen Kane" premiered in New York.
1948 - The People's Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) was proclaimed.
1960 - The Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane near Sverdlovsk and captured its pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
1967 - Singer Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas.
1971 - Amtrak went into service, combining and streamlining the operations of 18 intercity passenger railroads.
1992 - On the third day of the Los Angeles riots, Rodney King appeared in public to appeal for calm, asking "Can we all get along?"
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