What Happened in May 1920

Historical Events

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May 1 Babe Ruth's 1st Yankee HR & 50th of career, out of Polo Grounds

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • May 1 Belgium-Luxembourg toll tunnel opens
  • May 1 Longest major league baseball game by inninngs - Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings
  • May 2 1st game of National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis
  • May 5 German-Latvian peace treaty signed
  • May 5 Polish troops occupy Kiev
  • May 5 US President Wilson makes Communist Labor Party illegal
  • May 5 Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are arrested on charges and robbery of a paymaster at a shoe factory in Massachusetts, US - the two men will executed
  • May 7 USSR recognizes Georgia's independence
  • May 8 46th Kentucky Derby: Ted Rice aboard Paul Jones wins in 2:09

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May 14 Wash Senator Walter Johnson wins his 300th game vs Detroit

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • May 14 Giants inform Yankees that the lease allowing them to play in the Polo Grounds will not be renewed at end of 1920 season
  • May 15 Soccer team ADO '20 forms in Heemskerk

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May 16 Joan of Arc (Jeanne D'arc) canonized a saint

French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc
  • May 16 Spanish bullfighter Joselito is fatally gored fighting his last bull
  • May 17 1st De Havilland double-decker flight (London) lands in Schiphol
  • May 17 1st flight by Dutch airlines KLM (Koninklijke-Luchtvaart-Maatschappij)
  • May 18 45th Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o' War wins in 1:51.6
  • May 20 Policemen raid the Cubs' bleachers & arrest 24 fans for gambling
  • May 20 Mexican President Venustiano Carranza, under attack by American petroleum companies, faces an armed rebellion by right-wing Sonoro triumvirate after nationalizing subsoil rights
  • May 21 Mexican President Venustiano Carranza is executed by army generals after fleeing an armed rebellion in Mexico
  • May 23 Pope Benedictus XV publishes encyclical Pacem Dei
  • May 27 Tatar ASSR forms in Russian SFSR
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Gaston Chevrolet wins in 5:38:31.901 (142.617 km/h)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Jacob Gilboa, composer
  • May 2 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor (d. 2004)
  • May 2 Otto Buchsbaum, Austrian writer and ecological activist (d. 2000)
  • May 5 John Hidalgo Moya, architect/designer (Skylon)
  • May 6 John Henderson, Lord-Lieutenant (Berkshire England)
  • May 8 Maurice Cranston, political scientist
  • May 8 Sloan Wilson, Norwalk, Conn, novelist (Man in the Gray Flannal
  • May 8 Tom of Finland [Touko Laaksonen], Finnish fetish artist, born in Helsinki (d. 1991)
  • May 9 Richard Adams, author (Day Gone By)
  • May 9 William Tenn, American author
  • May 10 Basil Kelly, Lord Justice of Appeals (Northern Ireland)
  • May 10 Bert Weedon, English guitar player ("Play in a Day" books), born in London (d. 2012)
  • May 11 Beryl Bryden, jazz singer
  • May 11 Denver Pyle, Bethune Colo, actor (Dukes of Hazzard, Tammy, Doris Day)
  • May 13 Ratu Kasmisere Mara, PM of Fiji (1960-70, 70- )/pres (1994- )
  • May 13 Gareth Morris, British flautist (d. 2007)
  • May 15 Hugh Henry Home Popham, aviator/writer/poet
  • May 16 Martine Carol, [Maryse Mopurer], Saint-Mande France, actress (Nana)
  • May 16 Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • May 17 Harriet Van Horne, columnist/panelist (Leave it to Girls), born in Syracuse, New York
  • May 17 Lydia Wideman, Finland, 10K cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1952)

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May 18 John Paul II [Karol Wojtyla], 264th Roman Catholic Pope (1978-2005), born in Wadowice, Poland (d. 2005)

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 18 Lucia Mannucci, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • May 19 Tina Strobos, Netherlands, physician and resistor to Nazi occupation, (d. 2012)
  • May 20 Betty Driver, actress (Penny Paradise)
  • May 20 John Cruickshank, banker
  • May 20 William Simpson, British trade union leader
  • May 21 Anthony Steel, actor (Malta Story, Wooden Horse), born in London, England
  • May 22 Hugh Armstrong Clegg, industrial relations academic
  • May 22 Thomas Gold, Austrian astrophysicist (proposed steady-state theory of universe)
  • May 23 Helen O'Connell, Lima Ohio, singer (Green Eyes, Anapola)
  • May 23 Sid Melton, American actor (Alf-Green Acres, Charlie-Danny Thomas), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 26 Jack Cheetham, cricketer (South African batsman, Test capt early 50's)
  • May 26 Peggy Lee, American singer (d. 2002)
  • May 27 Michael Webster, CEO (DRG)
  • May 27 William Crawshay, Lord-Lt of Gwent
  • May 29 Robin Haydon, British diplomat
  • May 30 George London, bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1985)
  • May 30 John Heawood, actor/singer/choreographer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
  • May 31 Edward Bennett Williams, lawyer/team owner (Redskins, Balt Orioles)

Famous Deaths

  • May 10 John Wesley Hyatt, inventor/plastics pioneer, dies
  • May 11 William D Howells, US author (A Woman's Reason), dies at 83
  • May 16 Levi P. Morton, United States Vice President under Benjamin Harrision (b. 1824)
  • May 17 Maitland Hathorn, cricketer (325 runs in 12 Tests South African 1901-11), dies
  • May 21 Venustiano Carranza, Mexican President (1917-1920), executed by army generals after his decision that the next President be a civilian (61)
  • May 23 Svetozar Boroević, Austrian field marshal (b. 1856)