Daily Archives: May 1, 2013

Nazis celebrate May Day one day before banning trade unions 80 years ago today (1933)

Video: 'The World at War - Episode 1 - A New Germany' (May Day 1933 at 8:13)

(Monday, May 1, 1933) — The Nazis celebrated its brand-new official Labor Day holiday today with joyful events across Germany, most notably with a giant party on the grounds of Tempelhof airport in Berlin. The next day, however, it abruptly banned the trade unions, as police and Gestapo units raided union offices and confiscated their property.

Battle of Chancellorsville begins 150 years ago this hour (1863)

Video: 'The Battle of Chancellorsville'

(Friday, May 1, 1863, 11:20 a.m. local time; during the Battle of Chancellorsville, part of the American Civil War) — The Battle of Chancellorsville began today in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, near the village of Chancellorsville, pitting Union Army Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker’s Army of the Potomac against an army less than half its size, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia (click here for a real time animated map).