It’s May Day!

Russia launched a floating nuclear power plant on the weekend, and it’s headed to the Arctic – NPR

Emile Wickham, a black man, was celebrating his birthday with friends when he was forced to pay upfront at the Hong Shing Chinese Restaurant in Toronto. He got his meal, and the restaurant was forced to pay him $10,000.Nick Boisvert, CBC

The longest straight line you could sail without hitting landMIT Technology Review

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum is leaving Facebook. The billionaire, who sold WhatsApp for $19 billion to Facebook, is said to be leaving over Facebook’s plans plans to use personal data from the messaging app and to weaken its encryption. Co-founder Brian Acton, who resigned in November, has become a vocal Facebook critic. – Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post; TechCrunch; The New York Times; The Guardian

The Forever Nomad – Margarita Gokun Silver, Longreads

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May 1

1707: Acts of Union comes into force, uniting England and Scotland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

1776: The Illuminati is established in Ingolstadt, Upper Bavaria.

1912: Canada issues it’s first $5 bank note.

1931: The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City. It holds the title of the world’s tallest building for two decades.

1956: The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.