What Happened in May 1921

Historical Events

  • May 1 Drusian sultan Pasja al-Atrasj elected governor of Suwayda
  • May 2 Start of 3rd anti-German revolt in Upper Silesia
  • May 3 West Virginia imposes 1st state sales tax
  • May 5 1st ranger for Cleveland Metroparks hired
  • May 5 Miniature newspaper published (Brighton Gazette 10 x 13 cm)
  • May 6 American Soccer League forms
  • May 7 47th Kentucky Derby: Charles Thompson on Behave Yourself wins 2:04.2
  • May 8 Sweden abolished capital punishment
  • May 10 Luigi Pirandello's "Sei Personaggi in Cerca d'Autore" premieres
  • May 11 Tel Aviv is 1st all Jewish municipality
  • May 11 The Allied Supreme Council warns Germany to pay reparations or the entire Ruhr Valley will be occupied; Germany agrees
  • May 12 National Hospital Day 1st observed
  • May 14 Florence Allen is 1st woman judge to sentence a man to death, Ohio

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 14 Mussolini's fascists obtain 29 parliamentary seats in Italian elections

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • May 15 British Legion formed to care for ex-servicemen
  • May 16 46th Preakness: F Coltiletti aboard Broomspun wins in 1:54.2
  • May 17 Belgian and Luxembourg sign customs union
  • May 17 US President Harding opens (via telephone) 1st Valencia Orange Show
  • May 19 Congress sharply curbs immigration, setting a national quota system
  • May 21 Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley Co
  • May 23 "Shuffle Along" 1st black musical comedy, opens in NYC
  • May 24 1st parliament for Northern Ireland elected
  • May 24 Bulhoek Massacre: police commissioner Colonel Theodore Truter, leads 6 squadrons, and an artillery detachment against Israelite religious sect collected at their annual gathering on the land of their leader Enoch Mgijima at Ntabalanga; 190 killed
  • May 27 After 84 years of British control, Afghanistan achieves sovereignty
  • May 30 Lord Dunsany's "If" premieres in London
  • May 30 Memorial to Capt Eddie Grant, killed in WW I, unveiled at Polo Grounds
  • May 30 Salzburg, Austria, votes to join Germany
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Tommy Milton wins in 5:34:44.578 (144.231 km/h)
  • May 31 Suffy McInnis (1st base) begins an errorless string of 1,700

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 12th Lord Middleton, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • May 1 Paul Daels, president (Flemish Iron Pilgrimage committee)
  • May 2 Satyajit Ray, Calcutta India, director (Goddess, Adversary)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 3 Sugar Ray Robinson [Walter Smith], American middle/welterweight boxer (1946-52, 55, 58), (d. 1989), born in Ailey, Georgia (d. 1989)

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • May 3 Vasco dos Santos Goncalves, Portuguese leftist colonel
  • May 3 Joe Ames, American singer (d. 2007)
  • May 4 John van Kesteren, Dutch tenor (Komische Oper, West-Berlin)
  • May 4 Patsy Garrett, actress (Nanny & the Professor), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • May 4 Edo Murtić, Croatian painter (d. 2005)
  • May 5 Sonja Oosterman, Dutch singer (Marketensters)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 5 Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist, shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work with lasers, born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1999)

  • May 6 Erich Freid, Austrian and British writer, born in Vienna (d. 1988)
  • May 6 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, born in London (d. 1999)
  • May 6 Robert Fell, CEO (British Stock Exchange)
  • May 7 Gale Robbins, Chic, actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex)
  • May 8 Graham Leonard, Bishop of London
  • May 8 Saul Bass, American graphic designer of logos and film titles, born in New York City (d. 1996)
  • May 9 Mona Van Duyn, American poet (d. 2004)
  • May 9 Daniel Berrigan, American Jesuit priest and peace activist (Vietnam War), born in Virginia, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • May 9 Sophie Scholl, German anti-Nazi political activist, active in the non-violent resistance group, the White Rose (Die Weisse Rose), born in Forchtenberg, Germany (d. 1943)
  • May 10 Nancy Walker, American actress (Rhoda, McMillan & Wife), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 11 Ian Percival, British politician (C) and Solicitor General (d. 1998)
  • May 11 Hildegard Hamm-Brücher, German politician
  • May 12 Edvard Mikcaeli Mirzoyan, composer
  • May 12 Giovanni Benelli, archbishop (Florence)/Papal candidate
  • May 12 Henry Mackie, designer of the Belfast Calorimeter
  • May 12 Joseph Beuys, Germany, avant-garde painter/politician
  • May 12 Farley Mowat, Canadian writer and naturalist, born in Belleville, Ontario, (d. 2014)
  • May 12 Joe (born Otis W.) Maphis, Suffolk, Virginia, American country music guitarist
  • May 13 Syd[ney G] Vincent, British mine workers leader
  • May 14 Arve Opsahl, Norwegian actor (d. 2007)
  • May 16 Harry Carey Jr, Saugus California, actor (She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), (d. 2012)
  • May 16 Robert Croften Brown, politician
  • May 17 Dennis Brain, french-hornist (Serenade), born in London, England
  • May 17 John Garlick, British senior civil servant
  • May 17 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (d. 1998)
  • May 18 Anthony Epstein, FRS/pathologist
  • May 19 Charles van de Reve, slavic (Belief of Kameraden)
  • May 19 Daniel Gelin, Angers France, Maria Schneider's dad, actor (Obsession)
  • May 19 Karel van het Reve, Dutch Slavist (Comrade's Religion)
  • May 20 John Harrison, British vice admiral/surgeon
  • May 20 John Marchi, US Senator (Rep-R-NY)
  • May 20 Wolfgang Borchert, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1947)
  • May 20 Hal Newhouser, American baseball player (d. 1998)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 21 Andrei Sakharov, Russian nuclear physicist and an activist for disarmament, peace and human rights (1975 Nobel), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1989)

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • May 21 Leona Wood, painter and dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • May 23 Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz musician/actor (It's Great to Be Young)
  • May 23 James [Benjamin] Blish, US/UK, sci-fi author (Hugo, Star Trek Reader)
  • May 23 Loren Tindall, OK, actor (Meet Me on Broadway, Girl of Limberlost)
  • May 23 Montague Modlyn, broadcaster
  • May 23 Sanderson Temple, circuit judge
  • May 25 Hal David, New York, lyricist (Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head), (d. 2012)
  • May 25 Kitty Kallen, singer ("Little Things Mean a Lot"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • May 26 Frank Mooney, cricketer (dependable wicket-keeper for NZ in 13 Tests)
  • May 27 Caryl Chessman, kidnapper who got death penalty (1960)
  • May 27 Redd Stewart, Ashland City Tn, guitarist/pianist (Pee Wee King Show)
  • May 28 Heinz G. Konsalik, German author (d. 1999)
  • May 28 Tom Uren, Australian politician, Australian heritage and conservation campaigner, born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2015)
  • May 29 Clifton James, actor (Buster & Billie, David & Lisa), born in NYC, New York
  • May 29 George Terry, chief constable (Sussex England)
  • May 29 James Clifton, actor (Live & Let Die), born in Spokane, Washington
  • May 31 Alida Valli, Pola Italy, actress (Miracle of the Bells, 3rd Man)
  • May 31 Andrew Grima, British jeweller
  • May 31 Robert Arthur Ley, UK, sci-fi author (Telepath, Power of X)
  • May 31 Howard Reig, American radio and television announcer

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Louis Campbell-Tipton, composer, dies at 43
  • May 3 Théodore Pilette, Belgian racing driver (b. 1883)
  • May 5 Alfred H Fried, Austrian/German pacifist (Nobel 1911), dies
  • May 12 Emilia Pardo Bazan, Spanish writer (La sirena negra), dies
  • May 13 Jean Aicard, French poet and novelist (b. 1848)
  • May 22 Marie E Wilton, writer, dies
  • May 28 Geo Mestdagh, Belgian aviation pioneer, dies