Britannica Reports This Day in History
On this day in 1889, May Daytraditionally a celebration of the return of spring, marked by dancing around a Maypolewas first observed as a labour holiday, designated as such by the International Socialist Congress.
More Events on this day:
1961: The first major airplane hijacking within the United States occurred when a man forced a commercial airliner en route from Miami to Key West, Florida, to detour to Cuba.
1898: The Battle of Manila Bay ended in the defeat of the Spanish Pacific fleet by the U.S. Navy, resulting in the fall of the Philippines and contributing to the final U.S. victory in the Spanish-American War.