Today in History- 1st May

International Events:

1707                 England and Scotland joined to form Great Britain by The Act of Union.

1931                 The Empire State Building opened in New York City.

1948                 North Korea was established with Kim Il Sung as president.

1994                 Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna dies in a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix in Italy.

2011                 Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.