What Happened in May 1919

Historical Events

  • May 1 Mount Kelud (Indonesia) erupts, boiling crater lake which broke through crater wall killing 5,000 people in 104 small villages
  • May 3 Afghanistan Emir Amanoellah begins war against Great Britain
  • May 4 1st legal Sunday baseball game in NYC (Phillies beat Giants 4-3)
  • May 4 Giants play their 1st legal Sunday home game, 35,000 see Phils win 4-3
  • May 4 Demonstrates organised by students erupt in China, after news from the Paris Peace Conference that the Allies intend to give Shangtung to Japan
  • May 6 Paris Peace Conference disposes of German colonies; Ger E Africa is assigned to Britain & France, German SW Africa to South Africa
  • May 7 A draft of the Versailles Treaty is shown to Germans
  • May 8 1st transatlantic flight take-off by a navy seaplane
  • May 8 Appingedam soccer team forms
  • May 8 Edward George Honey first proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate The Armistice of World War I, which later results in the creation of Remembrance Day.
  • May 10 45th Kentucky Derby: Johnny Loftus aboard Sir Barton wins in 2:09.8
  • May 10 Race riot in Charleston SC, 2 blacks killed
  • May 11 Cincinnati Reds Hod Eller no-hits St Louis Cards, 6-0

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May 11 Yanks' Jack Quinn & Senators' Walter Johnson, 12 inning 0-0 tie

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • May 12 Yanks & Senators play 2nd straight extra inning tie, 4-4 in 15
  • May 12 The Transvaal British Indian Association calls a mass meeting to organise opposition to the proposed Asiatics (Land and Trading) Amendment Act; in the Act, Transvaal Indians are prohibited from owning shares in limited companies
  • May 14 44th Preakness: Johnny Loftus aboard Sir Barton wins in 1:53
  • May 14 Pope Benedictus XV publishes encyclical In hac tanta
  • May 15 Brooklyn Dodgers score 10 runs in 13th to beat Reds 10-0
  • May 17 War Department (UK) orders use of National Star Insignia on all airplanes.

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May 19 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lands at Samsun on the Black Sea coast, beginning the Turkish War of Independence

President and founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
President and founder of the Republic of Turkey
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
  • May 20 Volcano Keluit on Java, erupts killing 550

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May 22 A. E. Douglass establishes the relative dates of two archaeological sites using ancient wood samples, marking a major step forward in the dating of archaeological sites

Archaeologist and astronomer A. E. Douglass
Archaeologist and astronomer
A. E. Douglass
  • May 25 Casey Stengel releases a sparrow from under his baseball cap
  • May 26 The Supreme Council of Allies, meeting at Versailles, decides to recognize two White Russian leaders, Admiral Kolchak and General Denikin, and support them against the Bolsheviks
  • May 27 1st transatlantic flight ends; US Navy flying boat takes 11 days
  • May 28 Armenia declares its Independence
  • May 29 Charles Strite files patent for the pop-up toaster

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May 29 Albert Einstein's light-bending prediction confirmed by Arthur Eddington

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • May 29 The Republic of Prekmurje founded - a short-lived, unrecognised state, which on June 6, 1919 was incorporated into the newly established Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (renamed "Yugoslavia" in 1929).
  • May 29 An expedition sponsored by the Royal Society of London observes a total eclipse of the sun in the Gulf of Guinea, off the African continent
  • May 31 NC-4 aircraft commanded by AC Read completes 1st crossing of Atlantic
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Howdy Wilcox wins in 5:40:42.930 (141.703 km/h)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Alwyn Farquharson, Scottish clan-captain/large landowner
  • May 1 Dan O'Herlihy, Ireland, actor (Fail Safe, Last Starfighter, Robocop)
  • May 2 Than Wyenn, actor (Pete Kelly's Blues), born in NYC, New York
  • May 3 Pete Seeger, folk singer (Weaver, Goodnight Irene), born in NYC, New York
  • May 3 John Cullen Murphy, American comic strip artist (d. 2004)
  • May 4 Dimiter Petkov, composer
  • May 4 Mary Ann McCall, singer
  • May 5 Tony Canadeo, NFL hall of fame halfback (Green Bay Packers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 5 Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek dictator (d. 1999)
  • May 6 Frank Ereaut, Balliff of Jersey

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May 7 Eva Perón [Evita], Argentine First Lady and actress, born in Los Toldos (d. 1952)

First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón
First Lady of Argentina
Eva Perón
  • May 8 Sultan Ismail Hajibeyov, composer
  • May 9 Arthur English, comedian/actor (Malachi's Cove)
  • May 10 Ella Grasso, (Gov-D-Ct)
  • May 10 Louis Sen A Kaw, Surinam dam builder
  • May 10 Tibor Sarai, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1995)
  • May 14 Heloise Bowles, columnist Heloise's mother (Hints from Heloise)
  • May 14 Maarten Vrolijk, Dutch soc-dem party minister (CRM 1965-66)
  • May 14 Solange Chaput-Rolland, French-Canadian journalist and politician (d. 2001)
  • May 14 John Hope, American meteorologist (d. 2002)
  • May 15 Charles Palmer, cricketer (one Test 1955, later MCC president)
  • May 16 Richard Mason, English author (The World of Suzie Wong), born near Manchester (d. 1997)

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May 16 Liberace [Wladziu Valentino], American pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), born in West Allis, Wisconsin (d. 1987)

Pianist Liberace
  • May 16 Ramon Margalef, Spanish scientist (d. 2004)
  • May 17 Antonio Aguilar, Mexican singer and actor (d. 2007)
  • May 17 Merle Miller, American biographer (d. 1986)
  • May 18 Margot Fonteyn, Surrey England, prima ballerina (Giselle)
  • May 19 Betty Jameson, Norman OK, LPGA golfer (1947 US Women's Open)
  • May 19 Mitja Ribičič, Trieste, Italy, Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (1969-71), (d. 2013)
  • May 20 George Gobel, comedian/TV personality (I Love My Wife), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 21 Lord Maxwell, senator/prof (college of Justice Scotland)
  • May 21 Mark Wood, bishop (Ludlow)
  • May 22 Paul Vanden Boeynants, premier Belgium (1966-68, 1978-79)
  • May 23 Betty Garrett, actress (Irene-All in the Family), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • May 23 Robert KJE Antonissen, South African literary
  • May 23 Ruth Fernandez, Ponce, Puerto Rico, singer (When you Return), politician, (d. 2012)
  • May 24 Sid Couchey, comic book artist (Richie Rich), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • May 25 Gino Negri, Italian composer, born in Perledo (d. 1991)
  • May 25 Lindsey Nelson, Pulaski Tn, sportscaster (NY Mets)
  • May 26 Jay Silverheels, Canadian actor (Tonto-Lone Ranger)
  • May 26 Peter Malcolm Gordon Raleigh, journalist
  • May 27 Kam Fong, actor (Hawaii Five-0), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • May 28 Charles John Robert Manners, 10th Duke of Rutland, British land owner/multimillionaire
  • May 28 Frank Middlemass, actor (Island, Oliver Twist)
  • May 28 John Eldridge, CEO (Matthews Wrightmson)
  • May 30 René Barrientos, President of Bolivia (d. 1969)
  • May 31 Chet Gierlach, music publisher/composer
  • May 31 Emmanual Tettey Mensah, musician

Famous Weddings

  • May 31 1st wedding held in an aircraft (over Houston, Texas)

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Gustav Landauer, German socialist, dies
  • May 4 Milan Rastislav Štefánik, Slovak politician, French general and astronomer (b. 1880)
  • May 6 Frank Lyman Baum, author (Wizard of Oz), dies at 62

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May 14 Henry John Heinz, founder of the H. J. Heinz Company, dies at 74

Founder of Heinz Henry John Heinz
Founder of Heinz
Henry John Heinz
  • May 17 Bohumil Pazdirek, composer, dies at 80
  • May 17 Guido von List, German occult author (b. 1848)
  • May 20 Jacob Verdam, philosopher, dies
  • May 21 Victor A D Segalen, [Max Anely], French ship's doctor/writer, dies
  • May 21 Yevgraf Fyodorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1853)
  • May 24 Amado Nervo, [Juan C Ruiz de Nervo], Mexican poet, dies at 48

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May 25 Madame C. J. Walker, wealthy cosmetics manufacturer, dies at 51

Cosmetics Mogul Madame C. J. Walker
Cosmetics Mogul
Madame C. J. Walker
  • May 27 Kandukuri Veeresalingam, Indian social activist (b. 1848)
  • May 29 Robert Bacon, American politician (b. 1860)