What Happened in May 1908

Historical Events

  • May 1 World's most intense shower (2.47" in 3 minutes) at Portobelo, Panama
  • May 2 1908 "Take me out to the Ball Game" registered for copyright.
  • May 5 34th Kentucky Derby: Arthur Pickens on Stone Street wins in 2:15.2
  • May 5 Great White Fleet arrives in SF
  • May 7 Emperor Franz-Joseph celebrates his golden jubilee with festivities throughout the Austro-Hungarian empire
  • May 9 Dirk Fock becomes governor of Suriname
  • May 10 1st Mother's Day observed (Philadelphia)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 12 George Bernard Shaw's "Getting Married" premieres in London

  • May 12 Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B Stubblefield
  • May 14 1st passenger flight in an airplane
  • May 21 1st horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde) premieres in Chicago
  • May 21 Bill Burns pitching for Washington Senators has no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in 9th
  • May 23 Dirigible explodes over SF Bay, 16 passengers fall, none killed
  • May 23 Part of Great White Fleet arrives in Puget Sound, Washington
  • May 24 Belgium Catholic socialist/liberal parliamentary election
  • May 24 John Masefields "Tragedy of Nan" premieres in London
  • May 26 At Masjed Soleyman (مسجد سليمان) in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made, rights acquired by the United Kingdom
  • May 27 Maulana Hakeem Noor-ud-Din iss elected the first Khalifa of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
  • May 30 1st federal workmen's compensation law approved
  • May 30 42nd Belmont: Joe Notter aboard Colin win
  • May 30 Aldrich Vineland Currency Act forerunner to Federal Reserve System
  • May 30 Paris advocate E Archdeacon is 1st passenger in a airplane
  • May 30 US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah authorized
  • May 31 Miss Pottelsberghe de la Pottery is 1st airplane passenger (Belgium)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Giovanni Guareschi, Italian writer (Don Camillo, Peppone)
  • May 2 William Bakewell, actor (Stage manager-Pinky Lee Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 5 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, born in Châlons-sur-Marne (d. 2002)
  • May 5 Kurt Böhme, German bass (d. 1989)
  • May 6 Necil Kazim Akses, composer
  • May 7 Ed MacDonald, actor (Mysteries of Chinatown)
  • May 7 Wouter Paap, Dutch composer (d. 1981)
  • May 8 Arturo De Cordova, [Rodriguez], Merida Mexico, actor (Medal for Benny)
  • May 9 Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (d. 2007)
  • May 10 Carl Albert, (D) speaker of the House
  • May 10 Henry Diamond, Irish Nationalist MP
  • May 13 Michael Richardson, commandant (Home for Disabled Sailors)
  • May 15 Lars-Eric Vilner Larsson, Akarp Sweden, composer (Linden)
  • May 16 Hilary Preston, editor
  • May 16 Mohammed Roem, Indonesian foreign minister (Linggadjati)
  • May 17 Sigismund Toduta, composer
  • May 17 Zinka Milanov, Zagreb Yugoslavia, soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927)
  • May 19 Percy Williams, Canadian athlete (d. 1982)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 20 Jimmy Stewart, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life), born in Indiana, Pennsylvania (d. 1997)

  • May 22 Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker (d. 1970)
  • May 22 Horton Smith. American golfer (d. 1963)

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May 23 John Bardeen, American physicist, electrical engineer and co-inventor of the transistor (Nobel 1956, 1972), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1991)

Physicist and Electrical Engineer John Bardeen
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
John Bardeen
  • May 23 Max Abramovitz, US architect (Lincoln Center, UN Building)
  • May 24 Kresimir Fribec, composer
  • May 24 Michael Roberts, historian
  • May 25 Theodore Roethke, US, poet (Words for the Wind)
  • May 26 Robert Morley, England, actor (High Road to China, African Queen)
  • May 26 Nguyen Ngoc Tho, Prime Minister of South Vietnam
  • May 27 Alex Brown, snooker player
  • May 27 Harold Rome, composer (Fanny, Pins & Needles)
  • May 27 Melle J Oldeboerrigter, [Melle], Dutch painter/cartoonist
  • May 28 Ian Lancaster Fleming, author (James Bond novels), born in London, England
  • May 30 Mel[vin J] Blanc, voice (Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd & Porky Pig)
  • May 31 Don Ameche, actor (Cocoon, Trading Places), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • May 31 Nils Poppe, Swedish actor (d. 2000)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 19 Prime Minister of Canada Louis St. Laurent (26) weds Jeanne Renault

12th Prime Minister of Canada Louis St. Laurent
12th Prime Minister of Canada
Louis St. Laurent

Famous Deaths

  • May 12 Melesio Morales, composer, dies at 69
  • May 23 Francois Coppee, French poet, dies
  • May 24 Old Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (b. 1821)
  • May 26 Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Indies theologist (Ahmadiyya motion), dies at 69
  • May 31 C L "Boy" Johnson, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • May 31 Louis-Honoré Fréchette, French Canadian poet (b. 1839)