What Happened in May 1917

Historical Events

  • May 2 Cin Fred Tooney & Chic's Hippo Vaughn pitch duel no-hitter, Vaughn gives up 2 hits & a run in 10th, so Cin wins 1-0
  • May 3 1st performance of Ernest Bloch's symphony "Israel"
  • May 4 A flotilla of US destroyer ships arrive in Queenstown, Ireland, to aid in convoying ships to England
  • May 5 St Louis Brown Ernie Koob no-hits Chicago White Sox, 1-0
  • May 6 St Louis Brown Bob Groom no-hits Chicago White Sox, 3-0

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May 7 Red Sox Babe Ruth beats Wash Senator Walter Johnson, 1-0

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • May 10 Atlantic ships get destroyer escorts to stop German attacks

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May 11 King George V grants Royal Letters Patent to New Zealand

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • May 12 42nd Preakness: E Haynes aboard Kalitan wins in 1:54.4
  • May 12 43rd Kentucky Derby: Charles Borel on Omar Khayyam wins in 2:04.6
  • May 13 1st appearance of Mary to 3 shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal
  • May 13 Ernest Bloch's "Schelomo" premieres
  • May 15 The first officer's training camp is opened in the US, as the country prepares for war
  • May 18 Satie/Massine/Picasso's ballet "Parade" premieres in Paris
  • May 18 US Congress passes Selective Service Act, authorizing the federal government to raise a national army for the American entry into World War I through compulsory enlistment

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May 18 First units of the American Expeditionary Force, commanded by General John J. Pershing, is ordered to France

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing
  • May 20 Turkish government authorizes Jews to return to Tel Aviv & Jaffa
  • May 21 Leo Pinckney, 1st American drafted during WW I
  • May 21 The Great Fire of Atlanta: at least 10,000 people were displaced, but there was only one fatality
  • May 23 Dutch 2nd Chamber approves 1908 conscription draft
  • May 26 Walt Cruise hit 1st HR out of Braves Field
  • May 27 Race riot in East St Louis Illinois, 1 black killed
  • May 30 Jazz standard "Dark Town Strutters Ball" by Original Dixieland Jass Band first recorded

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Danielle Darrieux, France, actress (Alexander the Great, Mayerling)
  • May 1 John Beradino, actor (Steve Hardy-General Hospital), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 1 Louis G "Lo" van Hensbergen, actor/author (Amsterdam Affair)
  • May 1 Ahron Soloveichik, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, born in Khislavichi, Russia (d. 2001)
  • May 2 Albert Castelyns, Belgian water polo player and bobsledder
  • May 3 James Penberthy, composer
  • May 3 Betty Comden, American lyricist, (d. 2006)
  • May 3 Kiro Gligorov, Macedonia, President of the Republic of Macedonia 1991-1999 (d. 2012)
  • May 4 Edward Toner Cone, composer
  • May 5 Ron Saggers, cricket wicket-keeper (effective NSW & Aussie late 40's)
  • May 6 Kal Mann, American lyricist (d. 2001)
  • May 7 David Tomlinson, Scotland, actor (Mary Poppins, Helter Skelter)
  • May 7 William Geoffrey Biddle, bomb disposal expert
  • May 9 George Fleming, cyclist
  • May 9 John Arnatt, actor (Circumstantial Evidence)
  • May 11 Hon Montague Woodhouse, Greek resistance organiser
  • May 12 Andre A Rieu, Dutch conductor
  • May 13 Paul Osmond, British senior civil servant
  • May 13 Wilhelmus C Wijen, [Broeder Pius], social worker (Curacao)
  • May 14 Herta Ryder, literary agent
  • May 14 Lou Harrison, Portland, Oregon, American composer (Rapunzel)
  • May 15 Hugh Edward Lance Falkus, filmmaker/naturalist
  • May 16 George Gaynes, actor (Tootsie, Police Academy), born in Helsinki Finland (d. 2016)
  • May 16 Geraint Jones, conductor/organist
  • May 18 Charles Wintour, journalist
  • May 18 James Donald, Aberdeen Scotland, actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Vikings)
  • May 20 Enyss Djemil, composer
  • May 20 Richard Charles Cobb, historian
  • May 20 Guy Favreau, French Canadian lawyer (d. 1967)
  • May 20 Bergur Sigurbjörnsson, Icelandic politician (d. 2005)
  • May 21 Dennis Day, Irish tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy)
  • May 21 Heather Swift, local councillor
  • May 21 Jean-Louis Curtis, French writer (Just Causes)
  • May 21 Raymond Burr, BC Canada, actor (Perry Mason, Ironsides, Godzilla)
  • May 21 Ronald John Bilsland Colville, businessman
  • May 22 Jean-Louis Laffitte Curtis, novelist
  • May 22 Georg Tintner, Austrian-born conductor (d. 1999)
  • May 22 Nathan Davis, American actor
  • May 22 Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer
  • May 23 Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist (d. 2008)
  • May 24 Derek Hodgson, British high court judge
  • May 24 Lord Campbell of Alloway, QC
  • May 24 Theodore Hesburgh, president (Notre Dame), born in Syracuse, New York
  • May 25 Dorothy Sarnoff, US, actress(?)
  • May 25 Jimmy Hamilton, saxophonist
  • May 25 Steve Cochran, Eureka CA, actor (Mozambique, Gay Senotiys, Dallas)
  • May 26 Eva Szorenyi, Hungarian actress, freedom activist for Hungary
  • May 28 Papa John Creach, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane)
  • May 28 Barry Commoner, biologist (Science & Survival), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 28 Gerald Cash, Gov-Gen (Bahamas)
  • May 28 Marshall Reed, Englewood California, actor (Fred Asher-Lineup)

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May 29 John F. Kennedy, 35th US President (1961-1963) and Senator (D-Mass), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 1 Country singer Jimmie Rodgers (19) weds Stella Kelley

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers

HeartWedding of Interest

May 24 Writer Walter Lippmann (27) weds Faye Albertson

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
Writer and Political Commentator
Walter Lippmann

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Jose E Rodo, Uruguayan writer (Motivos de proteo), dies
  • May 3 Norman Callaway, NSW bat, cricketer (207 in only FC innings), dies
  • May 11 Otto Adolf Klauwell, composer, dies at 66

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May 17 Charles Brooke, 2nd White Rajah of Sarawak (1868-1917), dies at 87

2nd White Rajah of Sarawak Charles Brooke
2nd White Rajah of Sarawak
Charles Brooke
  • May 20 Philipp von Ferrary, Italian philatelist (b. 1850)
  • May 20 Valentine Fleming, Scottish politician (b. 1887)
  • May 25 Leon Felix Augustin Joseph Vasseur, composer, dies at 72
  • May 25 Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet (b. 1891)