What Happened in May 1914

Historical Events

  • May 1 China's 1st president Yuan Shikai wins dictatorial qualification
  • May 6 British House of Lords rejects women's suffrage
  • May 7 US Congress establishes mother's day
  • May 9 40th Kentucky Derby: John McCabe aboard Old Rosebud wins in 2:03.4

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May 9 US President Woodrow Wilson proclaims Mother's Day

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • May 9 J.T. Hearne becomes the first bowler to take 3000 first-class wickets.
  • May 14 Chic Jim Scott no-hits Cleve, gives up 2 hits in 10th & loses 1-0
  • May 15 Henri Rabaud's opera "Marouf, Savetier de Caire" premieres in Paris
  • May 15 Bolivia becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • May 15 US Colonel Edward House sails for Europe to persuade major powers to reduce armies and navies; from Germany, House reports: 'Everybody's nerves are tense; it only needs a spark to set the whole thing off'
  • May 16 American Horseshoe Pitchers Association organizes in Kansas City
  • May 16 Ewing Field baseball park opens near Masonic Street, San Francisco. Relocated a year later.
  • May 21 39th Preakness: Andy Schuttinger aboard Holiday wins in 1:53.8
  • May 21 Greyhound Bus Co begins in Minnesota
  • May 25 British House of Commons passes the Irish Home Rule Bill
  • May 29 Ship rams Canadian ship Empress of Ireland on St Lawrence River; 1,024 die
  • May 30 The new and then largest Cunard ocean liner RMS Aquitania, 45,647 tons, sets sails on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England to New York City.
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: RenĂ© Thomas wins in 6:03:45.060 (132.729 km/h)
  • May 31 Chicago White Sox Joe Benz no-hits Cleve Indians, 6-1

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Dennis Dyer, cricketer (opened batting for South Africa v England 1947)
  • May 4 Abdel Karim Kassem, general/premier/dictator of Iraq (1958-63)
  • May 4 Emmanuel Robles, Algerian-Fren journalist/playwright (Lesson Hauteurs)
  • May 7 Sir Arthur Snelling, British Ambassador (d. 1996)
  • May 8 Lord Murton, of Lindisfrarne, deputy chairman (Comm House of Lords)
  • May 8 Romain Gary, Polish writer (d. 1980)
  • May 9 Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor
  • May 9 Frank Chacksfield, arranger/orchestra leader
  • May 9 Hank Snow, Nova Scotia Canada, country singer (I Went to Your Wedding)
  • May 9 Josef Muller-Brockmann, graphic designer/writer
  • May 9 Theodore Kheel, labor negotiator (Fair Employment Practices)
  • May 10 Charles McGraw, American actor (Michael-Falcon, Smith Family), born in NYC, New York
  • May 10 Lord Smith, British surgeon
  • May 11 Haroun Tazieff, French volcanologist (d. 1998)
  • May 12 Bertus Aafjes, Dutch poet/writer
  • May 12 Dan Daniel, politician (Rep-D-VA, 1969-88), born in Chatham, Virginia (d. 1988)
  • May 12 Howard K Smith, LA, TV newsman (ABC, Moderated Kennedy-Nixon debate)

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May 13 Joe Louis, American world heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49), born in Lafayette, Alabama (d. 1981)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • May 15 Jack Pepys, immunologist
  • May 15 Pierre Froidebise, composer
  • May 15 Turk Broda, ice hockey goaltender (d. 1972)
  • May 16 Edward T. Hall, American anthropologist and author
  • May 17 Guido Masanetz, composer
  • May 18 Anthony Fell, British MP
  • May 18 Boris Christoff, Bulgaria/Italian bass (Boris Godunov)
  • May 18 Pierre A Balmain, France, fashion designer (1940's "New Look")
  • May 19 Max Perutz, Austrian-born molecular biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (d. 2002)
  • May 19 Go Seigen, Japanese Go player
  • May 19 Alex Shibicky, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)
  • May 20 Corneliu Coposu, Romanian politician (d. 1995)
  • May 20 Hideko Maehata, Japanese swimmer (d. 1995)
  • May 22 Vance Packard, Granville Summit Pa, author (Hidden Persuaders)
  • May 22 Sun Ra, American musician (d. 1993)
  • May 23 Alec Dickson, founder (VSO)
  • May 23 Barbara Ward, economist/writer (Only One Earth)
  • May 23 Leo Lerman, actor/manager/critic (Dance Magazine)
  • May 23 Travis Kemp, dancer/teacher
  • May 24 Clifford Irving, Chairman (Isle of Man government)
  • May 24 George Tabori, Hungarian writer, born in Budapest (d. 2007)
  • May 24 Lilli Palmer, [Peiser], German actress (Cloak and Dagger), born in Pozen (d. 1986)
  • May 26 Archie Duncan, actor (Sherlock Holmes), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • May 27 Hugh Le Caine, composer
  • May 27 Lord Erroll of Hale, British minister
  • May 27 Rose Stainton, CEO (British Airways)
  • May 28 W G G Duncan-Smith, fighter pilot
  • May 29 Stacy Keach, Sr., American actor (d. 2003)

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May 29 Tenzing Norgay, Tibetan climber who was the 1st to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary (exact date of birth unknown, but he celebrated on the 29th), born in either northeastern Nepal or Tibet (d. 1986)

Mountaineer and Explorer Tenzing Norgay
Mountaineer and Explorer
Tenzing Norgay
  • May 30 Bobby Sherwood, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • May 31 Akira Ifukube, composer

Famous Weddings

  • May 7 28th US President Woodrow Wilson's daughter Eleanor marries in The White House

Famous Deaths

  • May 7 Edward Mollenhauer, composer, dies at 87
  • May 9 C.W. Post, American food manufacturer of breakfast cereals, commits suicide at 59
  • May 13 R E Foster, only dual England captain at cricket & soccer, dies
  • May 17 Peter Leyten, bishop of Breda (1885-1914), dies at 79
  • May 25 Paolo Giorza, composer, dies at 81
  • May 27 Joseph Wilson Swan, physicist/chemist, dies
  • May 28 Adolf Gustaw Sonnenfeld, composer, dies at 76