What Happened in May 1926

Historical Events

  • May 1 British coal miners go on strike
  • May 1 Satchel Paige makes pitching debut in Negro Southern League
  • May 2 US military intervenes in Nicaragua
  • May 3 British General Strike: Trade Union Congress calls for a general strike 1 minute to midnight to support striking coal miners
  • May 3 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sinclair Lewis (Arrowsmith)
  • May 3 US marines land in Nicaragua (9-mo after leaving), stay until 1933
  • May 5 Geldrop soccer team forms
  • May 5 Sinclair Lewis refuses his Pulitzer Prize for "Arrowsmith"
  • May 8 A Philip Randolph organizes Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
  • May 8 Fire breaks out in Fenway Park, home of Boston Red Socks baseball team

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May 9 1st flight over the North Pole claimed by Richard E. Byrd and co-pilot Floyd Bennett. Later discovery of Byrd's diary suggests they may have turned back 150 miles short of the pole due to an oil leak.

Aviator and Polar Explorer Richard E. Byrd
Aviator and Polar Explorer
Richard E. Byrd
  • May 10 51st Preakness: John Maiben aboard Display wins in 1:59.8
  • May 11 Airship Norge leaves Spitsbergen for 1st air crossing of Arctic Ocean
  • May 12 Airship Norge is 1st vessel to fly over North Pole
  • May 12 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st Symphony premieres in Leningrad
  • May 12 General Józef Piłsudski returns to power in Poland after coup d'état against the Witos regime
  • May 12 Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole
  • May 12 Hans Luther resigns for 2nd time as German Chancellor after no-confidence vote against his minority government
  • May 12 British General Strike ends after 9 days, coal mine workers stay on strike
  • May 15 52nd Kentucky Derby: Albert Johnson on Bubbling Over wins in 2:03.8

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May 17 Chiang Kai-shek is made supreme warlord in Canton

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • May 17 Wilhelm Marx succeeds Hans Luther as Chancellor of Germany
  • May 18 Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished in Venice California She showed up a month later & said she had been kidnapped
  • May 19 French air force bombs Damascus Syria
  • May 20 Belgian government of Jaspar takes power
  • May 20 Congress passes Air Commerce Act, licensing of pilots & planes
  • May 20 Railway Labor Act became law in USA

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May 20 Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • May 21 White Sox Earl Sheely hits a record 6th consecutive double
  • May 22 "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" by Gene Austin hits #1
  • May 22 Chiang Kai-shek replaces communists in Guomindang China
  • May 22 Dutch Communist Party expels David Wijnkoop
  • May 23 Hack Wilson is 1st to hit a home run off Wrigley Field scoreboard
  • May 23 Lebanese constitution forms under French mandate

Sports record brokenWorld Record

May 24 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000 m (8:25.4)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • May 25 Sholom Schwartzbard assassinates Symon Petliura, the head of the Paris-based government-in-exile of Ukrainian People's Republic.
  • May 26 Lebanon adopts constitution
  • May 28 Military coup by Gen Manuel Gomes da Costa in Portugal
  • May 28 US Customs Court created by congress
  • May 31 Portuguese president Bernardino Machedo resigns after coup
  • May 31 Sesquicentennial Exposition opens in Philadelphia
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Frank Lockhart wins in 5:12:48.768 (154.343 km/h)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Peter Lax, Hungarian Mathematician
  • May 2 Gérard D. Lévesque, Quebec politician (d. 1993)
  • May 4 Gerlind Reinshagen, German writer, born in Konigsberg
  • May 4 Milton "Milt" Thompson, US NASA-test pilot/chief-engineer (X-15)
  • May 5 Ann B Davis, American actress (Bob Cummings Show, Alice-Brady Bunch), born in Schenectady NY, (d. 2014)
  • May 6 John Hamilton-Jones, CEO (Richmond Enterprises)/British Maj-Gen
  • May 6 Marguerite Piazza, operatic soprano (Young Broadway), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • May 6 [Martin] Ross Hunter, actor (Ever Since Paris), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 6 Gilles Grégoire, Quebec politician, co-founder of the Parti Québécois (d. 2006)
  • May 7 Val Bisoglio, actor (Lt Marsh-Police Woman, Danny-Quincy ME), born in NYC, New York

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May 8 David Attenborough, Naturalist, TV producer and host (BBC "Life" Series), born in London, England

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality
David Attenborough
  • May 8 Don Rickles, comedian (Don Rickles Show, CPO Sharkey), born in Queens, New York
  • May 8 Erico Menczer, Fiume Italy, cinematographer (Chosen, Miranda)
  • May 8 Ronald Waterhouse, British high court judge (d.2011)
  • May 9 Alistair MacFarlane, principal (Heriot-Watt University England)
  • May 9 Francis Kennedy, British diplomat
  • May 9 Joshua Hassan, chief minister (Gibralter)
  • May 9 Robin Cooke, pres (NZ Court of Appeal)
  • May 10 Duncan Watson, president (World Blind Union)
  • May 10 Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (d. 2002)
  • May 11 Ernest Harrison, CEO (Racal Electronics)
  • May 11 Frank Thring, Australian actor (El Cid, Ben-Hur), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • May 12 Earl Hutto, Panama City Fla, (Rep-D-FL, 1979- )
  • May 12 Mervyn M Dymally, (Rep-D-CA, 1981- )
  • May 13 Beatrice Arthur [Frankel], American actress (Maude, Golden Girls), born in NYC, New York
  • May 13 Wallace Breem, British author
  • May 13 Dewey Philip "Daddy-O", American pioneering DJ, born in Crump, Tennessee (d. 1968)
  • May 14 Cestmir Gregor, composer
  • May 14 Eric Morecambe, comedian (Morecambe & Wise, Picadilly Palace), born in London, England
  • May 15 Anthony Shaffer, Engish playwright (Sleuth), twin brother to Peter, born in Liverpool (d. 2001)
  • May 15 Clermont Pepin, composer
  • May 15 Peter Shaffer, English playwright (Equus, Amadeus), twin brother to Anthony, born in Liverpool (d. 2016)
  • May 16 Jan Zimmer, Slovak composer, born in Ružomberok, North Slovakia (d. 1993)
  • May 17 Cicely Berry, voice director (Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • May 17 David Young, Lt-Gen/CEO (Cairn Tech)
  • May 17 David Ogilvy, Earl of Airlie, Scottish peer, Lord Chamverlain to Queen Elizabeth, born in London
  • May 17 Geoffrey Caston, vice chancellor (U of South Pacific)
  • May 17 Tenniel Evans, rev/actor (10 Rillington Place, My Brother's Keeper)
  • May 18 Dirch Passer, Danish actor (d. 1980)
  • May 19 Paul Cooper, American composer, born in Victoria, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • May 19 Swami Kriyananda, Indian teacher and author
  • May 19 David Jacobs, British broadcaster (Juke Box Jury), born in London (d. 2013)
  • May 20 David Hedison, Providence RI, actor (Colbys, Voyage to Bottom of Sea)
  • May 20 John Lucarotti, scriptwriter
  • May 20 Vic Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1978)
  • May 20 Bob Sweikert, American race car driver (d. 1956)
  • May 21 Dan Perlsweig, horse trainer
  • May 21 Joseph Horovitz, composer
  • May 21 Rick Jason, actor (Day of the Wolves, Eagles Attack at Dawn), born in NYC, New York
  • May 21 Robert Creeley, Mass, poet/novelist (Island)
  • May 24 Len Maddocks, cricket wicket-keeper (Australian mid-50's)
  • May 24 Stanley Baxter, Scottish actor (Mr Majeika), born in Glasgow
  • May 25 Claude Akins, Nelson GA, actor (BJ & Bear, Movin' On, Lobo)

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May 25 Bill Sharman, American Hall of Fame basketball player (Boston Celtics) born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2013)

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • May 26 Maria de Lourdes Martins, composer
  • May 26 Dirch Passer, Danish actor
  • May 26 Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian author

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May 26 Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1991)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • May 27 Gordon Leggat, cricketer (open batsman for NZ in 9 Tests 1953-56)
  • May 29 Charles Denner, Tarnow Poland, actor (And Now My Love)
  • May 30 Christine Jorgensen, pioneer transsexual (born George William Jorgensen, Jr)
  • May 30 Edouard Van Remoortel, conductor (1958-62 St Louis Symph), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • May 30 James Whitman McLamore, businessman
  • May 31 Derek Birley, founding Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ulster
  • May 31 Probir Sen, cricket wicketkeeper (India in late 40's/early 50's)
  • May 31 Martin Peake, 2nd Viscount Ingleby, British peer and business man (d. 2008)

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Nicolaus Adriani, translator (Middle-Celebes Language), dies at 60
  • May 3 Napoleon V Bonaparte, French pretender to the throne, dies at 63
  • May 9 Joseph Mallaby Dent, publisher, dies
  • May 13 Libert H. Boeynaems, Belgian Catholic prelate (b. 1857)
  • May 15 Mohammed VI Vahideddin, last sultan of Turkey (1918-22), dies
  • May 16 Mehmed VI Vahideddin (Mohammed Osman), last sultan of Turkey, dies
  • May 17 Lucien Herr, French leader (Correspondance entre Schiller), dies
  • May 20 Dick Pougher, cricketer (17 & 3-26 in only Test for England 1892), dies
  • May 21 Georgy L'vovich Catoire, composer, dies at 65
  • May 21 Ronald Arthur A Firbank, British writer (Prancing Nigger), dies at 40
  • May 23 Hans Koessler, composer, dies at 73
  • May 25 Symon Petlyura, leader of Ukraine (pogroms), assassinated at 47
  • May 26 S V Petlura, Ukrainain ataman, assassinated by Shalom Schwarzbard
  • May 27 Srečko Kosovel, Slovenian poet (b. 1904)
  • May 30 Vladimir Steklov, Russian physicist (b. 1864)