Saturday, May 1, 2010


1896 - Andres Bonifacio and other Philippine revolutionary leaders meet at Ugong in Morong Province to plot moves on a planned uprising against Spain;  the Katipunero leaders decide to consult or enlist the support of acclaimed reformist leader Jose Rizal if and when the revolution breaks out, and subsequently appoint Dr. Pio Valenzuela for the mission.

1960 - The Soviet Union shoots down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane near Sverdlovsk and captures its pilot, American spy Francis Gary Powers; Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev will later publicly announce the incident and attack the United States for its mission of "aggressive provocation aimed at wrecking the summit conference."

1961 - Fidel Castro proclaims Cuba a socialist nation during a May Day parade  in Havana to the roaring approval of thousands of Cubans in attendance; Castro also abolishes elections, saying that the Latin American country's revolution has no time for elections as he takes potshots at the United States, saying that "We have as much right to complain about the existence of a capitalist imperialist regime 90 miles from our coast as he has to complain about a socialist regime 90 miles from his coast."

2000 - Violence marks the May Day celebration in London streets as anti-capitalist demonstrators fight running battles with police; May Day marks the end of four days of what started as peacfeul protest and culminating in violence as the protesters headed off for Trafalgar Square.

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