1862 – US President Abraham Lincoln issues preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, threatening to free all enslaved people in the rebel southern states if those states fail to rejoin the Union by January 1, 1863.
1911 – Boston Rustlers’ future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young beats Pittsburgh Pirates, 1-0 at Forbes Field for his final career victory, number 511.
1913 – Coal mine explosion kills 263 at Dawson, New Mexico.
1922 – US Congress passes the Cable Act, under which an American woman who marries an ‘alien’ will not lose citizenship; neither will a women marrying an American automatically become a citizen.
1937 – Forest fire kills 14 and injures 50 in Cody, Wyoming.
1949 – WFMY TV channel 2 in Greensboro-High Point, NC (CBS) 1st broadcast.
1957 – Western “Maverick” premieres on ABC television starring James Garner.
1959 – Chicago White Sox clinch AL pennant.
1964 – Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s musical “Fiddler on the Roof” with Zero Mostel opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 3242 performances.
1966 – Only 413 show up at a Yankee Stadium game.
1970 – US President Richard Nixon requests 1,000 new FBI for college campuses.
1977 – Minnesota Twins Bert Blyleven no hits California Angels-9-0.
1985 – 27th Emmy Awards: “Cagney & Lacey”, “The Cosby Show” and Tyne Daly win.
1989 – “Baywatch” starring David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson debuts on NBC.
1999 – 33rd Country Music Association Award: Shania Twain, Martina McBride and Tim McGraw win.
2004 – SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds was intentionally walked 4 times in a 9-inning game (MLB record) for the second time (1 May 2004)
2015 – Pope Francis greeted by President Obama and Vice President Biden as he arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland; for his 6 day tour of the US.
2015 – Volkswagen admits that 11 million cars have been wrongly programmed to appear to emit lesser emissions that they are.
2019 – US President Donald Trump admits he spoke to Ukrainian President about Joe Biden’s son, after news that a US Intelligence officer made an official complaint about the call.
2021 – WHO warns urgent action needed on air pollution, is on a par with smoking and a poor diet, causing seven million premature deaths a year.