What Happened in May 1910

Historical Events

  • May 4 Canadian Currency Act, 1910, receives Royal Assent

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May 4 Wilfrid Laurier passes the Naval Service Act, which creates the Royal Canadian Navy

Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier
Prime Minister of Canada
Wilfrid Laurier

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May 6 George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII.

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • May 7 35th Preakness: R Estep aboard Layminster wins in 1:40.6
  • May 10 1st aircraft air display held (Hendon, England)
  • May 10 36th Kentucky Derby: Fred Herbert aboard Donau wins in 2:06.4
  • May 10 Halley's Comet closest approach to Earth in 1910 pass
  • May 10 The British House of Commons pass three major resolutions on political reform
  • May 11 Montana's Glacier National Park forms
  • May 12 2nd NAACP conference (NYC)
  • May 12 Phil A's Chief Bender no-hits Cleveland Indians, 4-0
  • May 14 Canada authorizes issuing of silver dollar coins
  • May 15 The last time a major earthquake happened on the Elsinore Fault Zone.
  • May 16 US Bureau of Mines forms
  • May 17 Canada sets the designs for the 1-50 cent coins
  • May 19 Passage of Earth through tail of Halley's Comet causes near-panic
  • May 20 Funeral for Britain's King Edward VII
  • May 29 Pope's encyclical on Editae Saepe, against church reformers
  • May 30 44th Belmont: James Butwell aboard Sweep wins in 2:22
  • May 31 Cape of Good Hope becomes part of Union of South Africa
  • May 31 Glenn Curtiss flies from Albany to NYC
  • May 31 Union of South Africa declares its independence from the United Kingdom

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Cliff Battles, NFL hall of famer (Braves, Redskins), born in Akron, Ohio
  • May 2 Laurie Nash, cricketer (Tasmanian fast-bowler, 2 Tests for Australia)
  • May 2 Alexander Bonnyman, U.S. Marine (d. 1943)
  • May 3 Alceo Galliera, composer
  • May 3 Norman Corwin, American radio pioneer
  • May 4 Mady Alfredo, [Maria M the Brieder], actress (Alicia)
  • May 5 William I Martin, US pilot/vice-admiral (WW II)
  • May 6 Antoon Breyne, Belgian journalist
  • May 8 Mary Lou Williams, US jazz pianist/composer (Zodiac Suite)
  • May 8 Ronald Russell, actor/manager (We are Angels, Little Dorrit)
  • May 9 Barbara Woodhouse, dog training expert
  • May 9 P E Palia, cricketer (appeared in India's 1st Test-Lord's 1932)
  • May 10 Jimmy Demaret, winner of 44 golf tournaments, but not the Open
  • May 10 Margot Turner, matron-in-chief (Army Nursing Service)
  • May 11 Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, Portuguese composer (d. 1974)
  • May 12 Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin, British chemist (penicillin/B12/Nobel 1964)
  • May 12 Gordon Jenkins, Webster Grove Mo, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
  • May 12 Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (d. 1996)
  • May 15 Constance Cummings, Wash, actress (John & Julie, 7 Sinners, Glamour)
  • May 15 Robert F Wagner, (Mayor-D- 1949-65) [or Apr 20], born in NYC, New York
  • May 16 Olga Berggolts, Russian poet (d. 1975)
  • May 18 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian
  • May 19 Alan Melville, cricketer (graceful South African batsman 1938-49)
  • May 22 Johnny Olson, TV announcer (Price is Right)
  • May 23 Artie Shaw, [Arthur Arshawsky], bandleader (Come'on my House), born in NYC, New York
  • May 23 Franz Jozef Kline, US expressionist painter
  • May 23 Hugh Casson CH, architect
  • May 23 Scatman Crothers, [Benjamin], Terre Haute IN, actor (Zapped, Shining)
  • May 23 Margaret Wise Brown, American author (d. 1952)
  • May 24 Margers Zarins, composer
  • May 24 Nils-Eric Fougstedt, composer
  • May 25 Ernest Anderson, publicist
  • May 26 Adolfo Lopez Mateos, president of Mexico
  • May 26 Laurance S Rockefeller, CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank), born in NYC, New York
  • May 27 Daniel Greenway, CEO (Daniel Greenway & Sons)
  • May 28 Rachel Kempson, actress (Captive Heart)
  • May 28 Stuart Piggott, archaeologist

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May 28 T-Bone Walker, American blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), born in Linden, Texas (d. 1975)

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • May 29 Agnes Beatrice Read, medical social worker
  • May 30 Ralph Metcalfe, American athlete (d. 1978)
  • May 30 Inge Meysel, German actress (d. 2004)
  • May 31 Francis Avery Jones, British gastro-enterologist

Famous Weddings

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May 8 Film producer Samuel Goldwyn (27) weds first wife Blanche Lasky

Hollywood Mogul Samuel Goldwyn
Hollywood Mogul
Samuel Goldwyn

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May 26 US General George S. Patton (24) weds Frederick Ayer's daughter Beatrice Ayer at Beverly Farms Episcopal Church near Boston, Massachusetts

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton

Famous Deaths

  • May 6 Edward VII, King of England (1901-10), dies at 68
  • May 10 Stanislao Cannizzaro, Italian chemist, dies at 85
  • May 10 William Huggins, discoverer of stellar nature of Andromeda, dies
  • May 16 Henri E Cross [Delacroix], French painter, dies at 53
  • May 18 Flor van Duyse, composer, dies at 66
  • May 18 Eliza Orzeszkowa, Polish novelist (b.1841)
  • May 20 Jean-Baptiste Theodore Weckerlin, composer, dies at 88
  • May 22 Jules Renard, French writer (Le plaisir the rompre), dies at 46

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May 27 Robert Koch, German pioneering bacteriologist (TB, Cholera, Nobel Prize 1905), dies at 66

Microbiologist Robert Koch
Robert Koch
  • May 29 Mili Alexeyevich Balakirev, Russian composer (Islamej), dies at 73

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May 31 Elizabeth Blackwell, 1st woman physician, dies at 89