May 1st, 1949.

May 1st, 1949, was a Sunday. It was day 121 of 1949. The decade was the 1940s.

72 years, 3 months and 1 days have passed since May 1st, 1949.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On this day.

What happened on May 1st, 1949?

  • The state of Israel is recognized.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on May 1st, 1949.

  • More and more people are buying television sets.

    More and more people are buying television sets.

    In the late 1940s and 1950s, more and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television set. By the end of the decade, that figure had risen to 90%.

  • Polio cases are high.

    Polio cases are high.

    Cases of Polio were particularly high during this period of time and outbreaks were common. In the United States, the disease peaked in 1952, with nearly 60,000 cases and 3,145 deaths. It wasn't until 1955 that a national immunization program started and cases began to drop.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 72 years, 3 months and 1 days have passed since May 1st, 1949.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 17 of 1949.
  • Leap Year: 1949 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 1st, 1949, will be 72 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1949 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 1st, 1949.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 1st, 1949, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Aries.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1949 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 11.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 1st, 1949 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • The Ed Sullivan Show - Variety show.

Kid's TV shows on May 1st, 1949.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1949.

  • Tom and Jerry
  • Looney Tunes

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1949.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out May 1st, 1955 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on May 1st.

Calamity Jane

Historical figure. Deceased
Born on May 1st, 1852
She was not alive on this date.

Tim McGraw

American country singer.
Born on May 1st, 1967
He was born exactly 18 years after this date.

Mary Lou McDonald

Irish politician.
Born on May 1st, 1969
She was born exactly 20 years after this date.

Romain Ntamack

Rugby player.
Born on May 1st, 1999
He was born exactly 50 years after this date.

Charli D'Amelio

Social media personality.
Born on May 1st, 2004
She was born exactly 55 years after this date.


National holidays and famous events that fall on the 1st of May.

  • May Day / Labour Day (France)
  • International Workers' Day

US President.

Harry S. Truman was the President of the United States on May 1st, 1949.

UK Prime Minister.

Clement Attlee was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 1st, 1949.

Irish Taoiseach.

John A. Costello was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 1st, 1949 was most likely conceived around the 22nd of July, 1948.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 1st, 1949 is close to the 8th of February, 1950.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 1st, 1949.

  • A total of 26,390 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,770 weeks have passed.
  • 2,280,096,000 seconds have passed since the May 1st, 1949.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,660,112,000 times.
  • Since May 1st, 1949, the earth has travelled approximately 1,176,529,536,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 380,016,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 196,088,256 steps. That's about 87,150 miles!
  • Since this date, 27,361,152 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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