What Happened in May 1911

Historical Events

  • May 2 French troops occupy Fès El Bali Morocco
  • May 9 Fire breaks out at Empire Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • May 11 The United States becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • May 12 American economic expert W Morgan Schuster arrives by invitation to assume almost dictatorial power over Persia's finances; a move resented by Russia
  • May 12 1st Inter-Empire Championships open in London
  • May 13 37th Kentucky Derby: George Archibald aboard Meridian wins in 2:05
  • May 13 NY Giant Fred Merkle is 1st to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st)
  • May 15 British House of Commons accept Parliament Bill
  • May 15 Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Indiana University, incorporates
  • May 15 Supreme Court dissolves Standard Oil (Sherman Antitrust Act)
  • May 15 The Georgios Averof cruiser is bought by Greece.
  • May 16 Remains of a neanderthal man found on Jersey, Channel Islands

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May 16 Zeppelin "Deutscheland" wrecked at Dusseldorf

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin
  • May 17 36th Preakness: Eddie Dugan aboard Watervale wins in 1:51
  • May 18 Pres/dictator Jose Porfirio Diaz of Mexico term ends
  • May 19 Maurice Ravel's opera "L'Heure Espagnole" premieres in Paris
  • May 19 Philadelphia Athletics are 12½ games back in AL, & will win World Series
  • May 20 Edwin Boaler Alletson hits 189 in 90 mins Notts v Sussex
  • May 21 French troop enter Fez in Morocco to quell anti-European agitation
  • May 22 Braves pitcher, Cliff Curtis, loses his 23rd game in a row

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May 23 NY Public Library building at 5th Avenue dedicated by President Taft

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • May 25 Revolution in Mexico overthrows President Jose Porfirio Diaz
  • May 26 Germany passes legislation organizing Alsace and Lorraine as an autonomous state with a legislature
  • May 30 1st Indianapolis 500 car race, Ray Harroun wins at 74.59 MPH (120 KPH)
  • May 31 RMS Titanic launched in Belfast

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Lillian Rambach, teacher violinist
  • May 3 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson, trumpeter
  • May 5 Giles Grangier, film director
  • May 5 Norman Oldfield, cricketer (Engl batsman one Test v WI 1939, 80 & 19)
  • May 5 Phillip Edmund Clinton Manson-Bahr, specialist in tropical medicine
  • May 7 Ishiro Honda, Japanese film director (d. 1993)

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May 8 Robert Johnson, American blues singer (King of Delta Blues Singers), born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi (d. 1938)

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • May 8 Wilhelm F de Gaay Fortman, Dutch lawyer/foreign minister
  • May 9 Harry Simeone, choral director (Kate Smith Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 10 Bel Kaufman, American author, born in Berlin, Germany, (d. 2014)
  • May 11 Doodles Weaver, comedian (Spike Jones & City Slickers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 11 Edgar Beck, president (John Mowlem)
  • May 11 Roy James Alfred Kaulback, soldier
  • May 11 Mitchell Sharp, Canadian politician (d. 2004)
  • May 13 Maxine Sullivan, [Marietta Williams], US singer/actress (Going Places)
  • May 13 Robert Middleton, American film and TV actor (Barney-Monroes), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • May 14 Hans Vogt, German composer, born in Danzig (d. 1992)
  • May 14 J Borremans, Belgian politician (communist)/MP
  • May 15 Leo Fuchs, Polish/US Yiddish actor (Galitzianer Cowboy)
  • May 15 Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann)
  • May 15 Herta Oberheuser, Nazi doctor (d. 1978)
  • May 16 Margaret Sullavan, Norfolk, Virginia, American actress (Three Comrades, The Shop Around the Corner)
  • May 16 Olaff J de Landell, [JB Wemmerslager van Sparwoude], writer
  • May 17 Knut Anders Haukfield, SOE Operative
  • May 17 Maureen O'Sullivan, Boyle Ireland, actress (Tarzan, Pride & Prejudice)
  • May 17 Lisa Fonssagrives, Swedish-born supermodel (d. 1992)
  • May 18 Joe Turner, KC, blues singer (Corrine Corrina, Shake Rattle & Roll)
  • May 18 Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell, British newspaper proprietor and journalist (d. 2001)
  • May 18 Sigrid Gurie, actor (Algiers, Sofia, Refugee), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 20 Annie M G Schmidt, writer (Fam Doorsnee, Jip & Janneke)
  • May 20 Gardner Fox, American sci-fi author (Atom, Hawkman, Zatanna), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 22 Anatol Rapoport, Russ/US mathem/biologist (game theory)
  • May 23 Boris Kremenliev, composer
  • May 23 Melvin M Payne, president (National Geographic Society)

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May 23 Betty Nuthall, English tennis player (1930 U.S. Open champion), born in Surbiton, England (d. 1983)

Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall
  • May 24 Barbara West, English survivor of the Titanic sinking (d. 2007)
  • May 26 Ben Alexander, Goldfield, Nevada, American actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad)
  • May 27 Hubert Humphrey, (Sen-D-Minn) 38th VP (1965-69), 1968 Presidential candidate
  • May 27 Torolf Elster, Norwegian journalist/writer (Frihet och demokrati)
  • May 27 Vincent Price, actor (House on Haunted Hill, Fly, Laura), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • May 27 Teddy Kollek, Austrian-born Israeli politician (d. 2007)
  • May 28 Bob Crisp, cricketer (South African pace bowler of 1930s)
  • May 28 Jean-Pierre Levy, resistance leader
  • May 28 Thora Hird, British actress (Last of the Summer Wine), born in Morecambe, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • May 29 James Marjoribanks, British ambassador
  • May 29 Louis Wain, agricultural scientist
  • May 30 Douglas Fowley, actor (Grandpa-Pistols 'n' Petticoats), born in NYC, New York
  • May 31 Edward Adamson, art therapist/collector

Famous Deaths

  • May 18 Gustav Mahler, Austr composer (Children's Death Songs), dies at 50
  • May 20 E M Grace, cricketer (one Test v Australia 1880, 36 & 0), dies
  • May 21 Williamina Fleming, Scottish-born astronomer (b. 1857)
  • May 28 Stephanus J du Toit, So Afr theologist/journalist (Afr Bond), dies

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May 29 William Schwenck Gilbert, English dramatist (Gilbert & Sullivan), dies at 74

English Dramatist William Schwenck Gilbert
English Dramatist
William Schwenck Gilbert