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Today in History
Sunday, May 01

2009Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden.
2008The London Agreement on translation of European patents, concluded in 2000, enters into force in 14 of the 34 Contracting States to the European Patent Convention.
2007the Los Angeles May Day mêlée occurs, in which the Los Angeles Police Department's response to a May Day pro-immigration rally become a matter of controversy.
2006The Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.
2004Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
20032003 invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, on board the {{USS|Abraham Lincoln|CVN-72|6}} (off the coast of California), U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended".
2001Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares the existence of "a state of rebellion", hours after thousands of supporters of her arrested predecessor, Joseph Estrada, storm towards the presidential palace at the height of the EDSA III rebellion.
1995Croatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence.
1994Three-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna is killed in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.
1991Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics steals his 939th base, making him the all-time leader in this category. However, his accomplishment is overshadowed later that evening by Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers, when he pitches his seventh career no-hitter, breaking his own record.
 
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