What Happened in May 1907

Historical Events

  • May 1 Belgium government of De Trooz forms
  • May 1 Indian Mine Laws passes (concessions from Neth-Indies)
  • May 2 Belgium Jules baron de Trooz forms Belgian government
  • May 6 33rd Kentucky Derby: Andy Minder aboard Pink Star wins in 2:12.6
  • May 7 Charles Collier wins 1st Isle of Man TT Race: (38.22 mph)
  • May 8 Boston's Big Jeff Pfeffer no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 6-0

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 8 Tommy Burns beats Jack O'Brien in 20 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • May 10 Paul Dukas' opera "Ariane et Barbe Bleue" premieres in Paris
  • May 11 Bank of San Francisco incorporated
  • May 11 A derailment outside Lompoc, California, kills 32 Shriners when their chartered train jumps off the tracks at a switch near Surf Depot.
  • May 14 Sweden adopts universal suffrage for elections to its lower house and proportional representation for both houses
  • May 16 In the Pact of Cartagena, Great Britain, France, and Spain agree to maintain the status quo in the Mediterranean and along the Atlantic coast of Europe and Africa
  • May 21 32nd Preakness: G Mountain aboard Don Enrique wins in 1:45.4
  • May 22 Albert Trott takes two hat-tricks in an innings, Middlesex v Somerset
  • May 23 The single chamber Parliament of Finland gathers for its first plenary session.
  • May 26 Chicago White Sox Ed Walsh no-hits NY Highlanders, 8-1 in 5 inning game
  • May 27 Bubonic Plague breaks out in San Francisco
  • May 28 Auto-Cycle Union Tourist Trophy, 1st held
  • May 30 41st Belmont: G Mountain aboard Peter Pan wins
  • May 31 Taxis 1st began running in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Jan Pauw, CEO (Aruban Theater Group)
  • May 1 Oliver Hill, civil rights attorney (d. 2007)
  • May 1 Kate Smith, American singer (d. 1986)
  • May 2 Pinky Lee, children's show host (Pinky Lee Show)
  • May 3 Earl Wilson, Rockford Ohio, columnist (Midnight Earl)
  • May 4 Lincoln Kirstein, American impresario (d. 1996)
  • May 5 Benny Baker, actor (18 Again, Sting II, Thunderbirds), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • May 5 Kenneth Muir, English scholar
  • May 5 Yoritsune Matsudaira, composer
  • May 6 Weeb Ewbank, NFL coach (Baltimore Colts, NY Jets)
  • May 7 Jef van Durme, composer
  • May 9 Baldur von Schirach, German writer/nazi politician (Frame)
  • May 9 Kathryn Kuhlman, famed evangelist (d. 1976)
  • May 9 Fred Warngård, Swedish athlete (d. 1950)
  • May 10 Harilaos Perpessas, composer
  • May 11 Rose Ausländer, German poet (d. 1988)
  • May 11 Rip Sewell, American baseball player, born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 1989)
  • May 12 Katharine Hepburn, actress (Adam's Rib, On Golden Pond), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • May 12 Leslie Charteris, English/US detective writer (Enter the Saint)
  • May 13 Austin Whitaker, schoolmaster classical scholar/archivist
  • May 13 Daphne du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Parasites)
  • May 13 Laurence Kirwan, archaeologist
  • May 14 Dick Bentley, entertainer
  • May 14 Mohammed Ayub Khan, general/premier/president (Pakistan)
  • May 14 Hans von der Groeben, German diplomat (d. 2005)
  • May 14 Johnny Moss, American poker player (d. 1995)
  • May 15 Josef Alexander, composer
  • May 15 Phillip Piratin, communist
  • May 15 Sukhdev Thapar, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1931)
  • May 16 Robert Tisdall, Ireland, 400m hurdler (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • May 17 Charles Cawley, British chief scientist/minister of power
  • May 17 Horace McMahon, South Norwalk Ct, actor (Martin Kane Private Eye)
  • May 17 Ilona Schacherer Elek, Budapest Hung, fencer (Olympic-gold-1936, 48)
  • May 18 Clifford Curzon, pianist (MacFarren Gold Medal), born in London, England
  • May 18 Robley D Evans, nuclear physicist
  • May 18 Carl Mydans, American photographer (d. 2004)
  • May 22 Laurence Olivier, English actor (Rebecca, Hamlet, Jazz Singer), born in Dorking, Surrey (d. 1989)
  • May 22 Hergé, Belgian comic book creator (d. 1983)
  • May 23 Kenneth Allen, engineer
  • May 23 Matthew Campbell, British senior civil servant

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 25 Rachel Carson, American marine biologist, conservationist and writer (Silent Spring), born in Springdale, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)

Marine Biologist and Writer Rachel Carson
Marine Biologist and Writer
Rachel Carson
  • May 25 U Nu, Wakema, Myaungmya District, 1st Prime Minister of Burma (1948-56, 1960-62)
  • May 26 Carleton Young, NY, actor (Reefer Madness, Pride of the Bowery)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 26 John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], American actor (Green Berets, True Grit), born in Winterset, Iowa (d. 1979)

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
  • May 26 Jean Bernard, French physician (d. 2006)
  • May 27 Felix de Nobel, Dutch orchestra leader
  • May 27 Rachel Louise Carson, biologist/ecologist/writer (Silent Spring)
  • May 28 Frederick George Emmison, archivist/historian
  • May 28 Henry Ritz, comedian/dancer (Ritz Brothers)
  • May 28 Patrick Browne, British Lord justice of appeal
  • May 29 Desmond Shawe-Taylor, critic
  • May 29 Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman and senator (d. 2002)
  • May 30 Elly Beinhorn, German pilot (d. 2007)
  • May 30 Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, member of French Resistance (d. 2008)
  • May 31 Valston Hancock, British air marshal

Famous Deaths

  • May 11 John Albert Delany, composer, dies at 54
  • May 12 J K Huysmans, writer, dies at 59
  • May 19 Benjamin Baker, English engineer (bridge over the Firth of Forth, Scotland and London underground)
  • May 26 Ida McKinley, First Lady of the United States (b. 1847)