What Happened in May 1906

Historical Events

  • May 1 Phillies' John Lush no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 6-0
  • May 2 32nd Kentucky Derby: Roscoe Troxler aboard Sir Huon wins in 2:08.8

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May 2 Tsar Nicolas II of Russia dismisses his moderate Prime Minister Witte and appoints Ivan Goremykin, a conservative bureaucrat

  • May 3 British-controlled Egypt takes Sinai peninsula from Turkey
  • May 6 "Temporary" permit to erect overhead wires on Market Street, San Francisco
  • May 6 Tsar Nicolas II of Russia claims right to legislate by decree and restricts the power of the Duma (Russian Parliament)
  • May 8 Philadelphia A's pitcher Chief Benders plays outfield & hits 2 HRs
  • May 10 Russian Duma (Parliament) meets for 1st time
  • May 10 Italian King Victor Emmanuel & Swiss president Ludwig Forrer open Simplon tunnel
  • May 13 Bezalel Art School opens in Jerusalem
  • May 14 Flagpole at the White Sox ballpark breaks during pennant-raising
  • May 15 NY Giants' Hooks Wiltse strikes out 4 batters in 1 inning
  • May 17 Switzerland's Simplon Tunnel open to rail traffic
  • May 19 Federated Boys' Club (Boys' Club of America) organizes
  • May 19 Portugal's King Carlos I names Joao Franco premier
  • May 21 Louis H Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars
  • May 21 The US and Mexico sign an agreement over distribution of the waters of the Rio Grande, increasingly diverted to the US for irrigation
  • May 22 10th anniversary Olympic games close at Athens, Greece
  • May 22 31st Preakness: Walter Miller aboard Whimsical wins in 1:45
  • May 22 Wright Brothers patent an aeroplane
  • May 22 A British garrison leaves Esquimalt, on the Pacific coast, after a military occupation that began in 1858: these were the last British soldiers stationed in Canada
  • May 25 After 20 straight wins, Boston Pilgrims lose to Chicago White Sox 3-0
  • May 26 Archaeological Institute of America forms
  • May 26 Vauxhall Bridge is opened in London.
  • May 27 1st outlining of Gustav Mahler's 6th symphony, in Essen
  • May 28 Shields/Cobbs musical "His honor, the Mayor" premieres in NYC
  • May 30 40th Belmont: Lucien Lyne aboard Burgomaster wins in 2:20
  • May 31 Attack on King Alfonso XIII & Victoria of Battenberg in Madrid

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Horst Schumann, Nazi physician (d. 1983)
  • May 2 Aileen Riggin, Newport RI, springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1920, 24)
  • May 2 Maurice Thiriet, composer
  • May 2 Philippe Halsman, American photographer (d. 1979)

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May 3 Mary Astor, American actress (Maltese Falcon, Dinky), born in Quincy, Illinois (d. 1987)

Actress Mary Astor
Mary Astor
  • May 4 Esmond Knight, East Sheen England, actor (Hamlet, Sleeping Murder)
  • May 5 Ursula Jeans, Simla India. actress (I Lived With You, Over the Moon)
  • May 6 Andre Weil, [Bourbaki], French/US mathematician
  • May 6 Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (d. 2005)
  • May 8 David Van Vactor, Plymouth Indiana, composer (Chaconne)
  • May 8 Roberto Rossellini, director (Open City), born in Rome, Italy
  • May 9 Eleanor Estes, author (Ginger Pye, Moffats)
  • May 11 Kent Taylor, [Louis Weiss], Iowa, actor (Boston Blackie, Rough Riders)
  • May 12 William M Ewing, US geologist/geophysicist
  • May 13 Thomas Mitchell, architect/engineer
  • May 14 Hastings Kamuzu Banda, president of Malawi (1964-94)
  • May 14 James Flavin, Portland Me, actor (Man With a Camera)
  • May 16 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuela, writer/minister (Lanzas Coloradas)
  • May 16 Ernie McCormick, cricketer (Australian quickie of late 30's)
  • May 16 Nicholas Beriozoff, ballet master
  • May 16 Alfred Pellan, French Canadian painter (d. 1988)
  • May 16 Margret Rey, author and illustrator (d. 1996)
  • May 17 Eric Mensforth, president (Westland Aircraft)
  • May 17 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (d. 1989)
  • May 19 Bruce Bennett, American athlete and actor (Before I Hang, Sahara), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • May 20 Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1989)
  • May 21 Keith Rigg, cricketer (Australian Test batsman in the thirties)
  • May 22 Harry Ritz, US comic (Ritz Brothers-Silent Movie)
  • May 23 Hellmuth Christian Wolff, composer
  • May 24 Edmund Sargant, solicitor
  • May 24 John Mayo, director-general (Help the Aged)
  • May 27 Robert Shone, director-general (NEDC)
  • May 28 Mary Ralton, director (British WRAC)
  • May 28 Phil Regan, singer (My Wild Irish Rose)
  • May 29 Hans Joachim Schaeuble, composer
  • May 29 Terence Hanbury White, Bombay India, novelist (England Have My Bones)

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May 29 T. H. White, English author (King Arthur), born in Bombay, India (d. 1964)

Author T. H. White
T. H. White
  • May 30 Bruno Gröning, German faith healer (d. 1959)

Famous Deaths

  • May 14 Carl Schurz, German revolutionary and statesman (b. 1829)
  • May 23 Henrik Johan Ibsen, Norwegian playwright (Doll House), dies at 78
  • May 30 William Yeates Hurlstone, composer, dies at 30
  • May 31 Hermann Schell, German theologist (Gott und Geist), dies at 56
  • May 31 King Alfonso XIII, assassinated in Madrid
  • May 31 Victoria von Battenberg, assassinated in Madrid