What Happened in May 1927

Historical Events

  • May 1 1st British airliner to serve cooked meals (Imperial Airways)
  • May 1 Netherlands beats Belgium 3-2 in soccer match in Amsterdam
  • May 1 Panningen soccer team forms
  • May 2 Intl Economic Conference (52 countries including USSR) opens
  • May 2 Pulitzer prize awarded to Louis Bromfield (Early Autumn)
  • May 2 U.S. Supreme Court's "Buck v. Bell", permits forced sterilizations of various "unfits" by states' authorities where such surgeries are practiced for eugenic reasons
  • May 4 1st balloon flight over 40,000 feet (Scott Field, Ill)
  • May 4 Nicaragua agrees to a US supervised presidential election in 1928
  • May 5 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st Symphony premieres in Berlin
  • May 7 SF Municipal Airport (Mills Field) dedicated
  • May 7 Angelos Sikelianos organizes the first Delphic Festival in Delphi to celebrate the ancient Greek Delphic ideal.
  • May 9 52nd Preakness: Whitey Abel aboard Bostonian wins in 2:01.6
  • May 9 Canberra replaces Melbourne as the capital of Australia
  • May 9 The Australian Parliament first convenes in Canberra.
  • May 11 Belgium beats England 9-1 in soccer
  • May 11 Louis B Mayer forms Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • May 13 "Black Friday" on Berlin Stock Exchange
  • May 13 VVOG soccer team forms in Harderwijk
  • May 14 "Ain't She Sweet?" hits #1 on the singles chart by Ben Bernie
  • May 14 53rd Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee aboard Whiskery wins in 2:06
  • May 14 Cap Arcona is launched at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg.
  • May 14 The University of Chicago's local collegiate organization, Phi Sigma, becomes incorporated under Illinois law as Eta Sigma Phi, the National Honorary Classical Fraternity.
  • May 16 NY Yankee Bob Meusel steals 2nd, 3rd & home
  • May 16 Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax
  • May 17 Chicago Cubs beat Boston Braves, 4-3, in 22 innings
  • May 17 U.S. Army aviation pioneer, Major Harold Geiger, dies in the crash of his Airco DH.4 de Havilland plane at Olmstead Field, Pennsylvania
  • May 18 "Slide Lake" in Gros Ventre, Wyoming, collapses
  • May 18 Grauman's Chinese Theater opens in Hollywood Calif
  • May 18 Ritz Hotel opens in Boston
  • May 18 Bath School Disaster, Bath MI. Andrew Kehoe blows up Bath Consolidated School killing 38 children, 2 teachers.

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May 20 At 7:40 AM, Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris, aboard Spirit of St Louis (1st non-stop flight)

  • May 20 Saudi Arabia becomes independent of Great Britain (Treaty of Jeddah)
  • May 21 Aviator Charles Lindbergh, in the Spirit of St Louis, lands in Paris after the first solo air crossing of Atlantic
  • May 22 8.3 Nan-Shan earthquake strikes Tsinghai, China, over 40,900 killed
  • May 22 Dodgers beat Phillies, 20-4

CommunicationModel T

May 25 Henry Ford announces that he is ending production of the Model T Ford

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May 26 Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company produce the last (and 15th million) Model T Ford / Tin Lizzie

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • May 27 Japanese military intervention in Chinese civil war

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 27 Tomáš Masaryk re-elected President of Czechoslovakia for a second time

Father of Czechoslovakia Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
Father of Czechoslovakia
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
  • May 28 Hammond scores his 1,000th cricket run of the season after 22 days

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May 30 Walter Johnson records 113th & last shutout of his career

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: George Souders wins in 5:07:33.022 (156.983 km/h)
  • May 31 Tiger 1st baseman Johnny Neun makes an unassisted triple play

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Greta Andersen, Denmark, 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • May 1 Israr Ali, cricket pace bowler (Pakistani in 4 Tests 1952-59)
  • May 1 Lord Bathurst, English earl/large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • May 1 Roland Verhavert, Flemish screen writer (Sea Gulls Die in the Harbor)
  • May 1 William Mitchell Byers, musician
  • May 2 Ray Barrett, Australian actor
  • May 4 Terry (Owen John) Scott, Watford UK, English actor and comedian (Carry On Films)
  • May 5 Charles Rosen, pianist/musicologist (Sonata Forms), born in NYC, New York
  • May 5 Pat Carroll, Shrevport La, comedienne/actress (Make Room for Daddy)
  • May 5 Sid O'Linn, cricketer (soccer for South Africa 1947, cricket 1960)
  • May 6 Ettore Manni, actor (Fatal Desire, Heroes in Hell), born in Rome, Italy
  • May 6 Michael Frederick, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1954, scored 0 & 30)
  • May 7 Jim Lowe, DJ (WNEW) "King of Trivia", born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • May 7 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German screenwriter, (d. 2013)
  • May 7 Jim Lowe, American singer
  • May 8 Ian Denholm, CEO (Murray Investment Trust)
  • May 8 Philip Wilkinson, deputy chairman (National Westminster Bank)
  • May 9 John McDermott, Lord Justice of Appeal (Northern Ireland)
  • May 9 Manfred Eigen, German physicist/chemist (Nobel 1967)
  • May 9 Ray Katt, baseball player
  • May 10 Nayantara Sahgal, Indian author
  • May 11 Anthony Hollis, British High Court Judge, (d. 2003)
  • May 11 Mort Sahl, comedian/political satirist/beatnik (Big Party), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 11 Zilpha Keatly Snyder, US, sci-fi author (Headless Cupid)
  • May 11 Gene Savoy, American author, explorer, scholar and cleric (d. 2007)
  • May 13 Clive Barnes, drama critic (NY Times, NY Post)
  • May 13 Herbert Ross, director/choreographer (Footloose)
  • May 13 Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (d. 1958)
  • May 14 Shirley Spork, LPGA golfer
  • May 14 Herbert W. Franke, Austrian writer
  • May 16 John Walford, solicitor
  • May 16 Nílton Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)
  • May 17 Ronald Halstead, deputy CEO (British Steel)
  • May 18 Richard Body, British politician (C), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire
  • May 20 David Frederick Barlow, composer
  • May 20 Walter Aschaffenburg, composer
  • May 20 [Harold] Bud Grant, Wisc, CFL/NFL player/coach (Winnipeg, Minnesota)
  • May 20 Franciszek Macharski, Polish Cardinal, Archbishop of Krakow (1978-2005), born in Krakow (d. 2016)
  • May 21 George Levy, antique dealer/heritage campaigner
  • May 21 Kay Kendall, Yorkshire England, actress (Genevieve, Les Girls)
  • May 22 Eric Petrie, cricketer (NZ wicketkeeper of the late 1950's)
  • May 22 Michael Constantine, Penn, actor (Room 222, Don't Drink the Water)
  • May 22 Phil Tucker, American director
  • May 24 John Kelly Jr, US, sculls (Oly-bronze-1956)/brother of Grace Kelly
  • May 24 Martinus J Mentz, South African MP (Conservative)
  • May 24 Timothy Beven, CEO (Barclays Bank)
  • May 25 Robert Ludlum, spy novelist (Bourne Identity), born in NYC, New York
  • May 26 Jacques Bergerac, France, actor (Gigi, Les Girls, Thunder in Sun)
  • May 27 Bryan Cowgill, deputy chairman (Mirror Group)
  • May 27 Jan Blokker, Dutch writer/journalist (VPRO, People's Newspaper)
  • May 28 Bernhard Lewkovitch, composer
  • May 28 Francois Nourissier, French writer (Un petit bourgeois)
  • May 28 Gyorgy Ligeti, Transylvania, Romania, composer of contemporary classical music
  • May 28 Norman Ireland, CEO (Bowater)
  • May 28 Robert Evans, CEO (British Gas)
  • May 29 Carl Toms, stage designer (1 Million BC, Moon Zero Two)
  • May 29 Dick Hillenius, Dutch biologist/writer
  • May 29 Trevor Holdsworth, CEO (National Power)
  • May 30 Clint Walker, Hartford Ill, actor (Kodiak, Cheyenne, Dirty Dozen)
  • May 30 Dick Noel, American TV host (It's a Small Wonder), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 30 Evelyn Wesler Zemel, US, author (American Glass Animals)
  • May 31 Isabel Stoate, British diplomat
  • May 31 James Eberle, British admiral, director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs)
  • May 31 Michael Sandberg, British CEO (Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp)
  • May 31 Red Holloway [James], Helena, Arkansas, jazz tenor saxophonist, (d. 2012)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 10 1954 Nobel Prize winner in Literature Ernest Hemingway (27) weds journalist Pauline Pfeiffer (31)

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Ernest Starling, British physiologist (b. 1866)
  • May 5 Charles Boissevain, editor in chief (General Trade 1885-1908), dies
  • May 9 Tommy Routledge, cricketer (4 Tests for South Africa 1892-96), dies
  • May 11 Henry Martyn Robert, (Robert's Rules of Order), dies at 90
  • May 11 Juan Gris, Spanish cubist painter, dies at 40
  • May 17 Harold Geiger, U.S. Army aviation pioneer (b. 1884)
  • May 18 Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer commits suicide (b. 1872)
  • May 25 Payne Whitney, American businessman (b. 1876)
  • May 28 Georges Eekhoud, Belgian writer (Belgian Kempen), dies
  • May 28 Boris Kustodiev, Russian painter (b. 1878)