What Happened in May 1928

Historical Events

  • May 1 6 children die & 10 injured by hailstones in Klausenburg, Romania
  • May 1 Drunken fascist Erich Wichman attacks VARA-radio transmitter
  • May 1 Lei Day begun (a Hawaiian celebration)
  • May 1 Pitcairn Airlines (later Eastern) begins service
  • May 1 Rotterdam soccer team Black White '28 forms
  • May 2 KPQ-AM in Wenatchee WA begins radio transmissions
  • May 3 Japanese atrocities in Jinan, China.
  • May 7 The United Kingdom lowers age of women voters from 30 to 21
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for "Bridge of San Luis Rey"
  • May 10 WGY, Schenectady begins regular TV programming
  • May 11 53rd Preakness: Raymond Sonny Workman aboard Victorian wins in 2:00.2

Sport awardGolf Major

May 11 63rd British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 292 at Royal St George's

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • May 11 General Electric opens 1st TV-station (Schenectady, NY)

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May 12 Benito Mussolini ends women's rights in Italy

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • May 12 Second Opium Law introduced - international law to control drugs
  • May 14 John McGraw is knocked down by a taxicab & suffers a broken leg
  • May 15 Mickey Mouse made his 1st ever appearance in silent film "Plane Crazy"
  • May 17 9th modern Olympic games opens in Amsterdam
  • May 19 54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4
  • May 19 "Firedamp" explodes in Mather Pa coal mine killing 195 of 273 miners
  • May 19 51 frogs enter 1st annual "Frog Jumping Jubilee" (Angel's Camp, Cal)
  • May 22 US Congress accept Jones-White Merchant Naval Act
  • May 23 Bomb attack on Italian embassy in Buenos Aires, 22 die
  • May 24 Record 12 future Hall of Famers take the field, as Yanks beat A's 9-7
  • May 24 Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole again
  • May 26 A's commit 7 errors & lose to Yanks 7-4

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May 28 Dodge Brothers Inc and Chrysler Corporation merge

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler
  • May 29 Fritz von Opel reaches 200 kph in experimental rocket car
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Louis Meyer wins in 5:01:33.725 (160.101 km/h)
  • May 31 1st aerial crossing of Pacific takes off from Oakland
  • May 31 Charlie Hallows scores his 1,000th run of Cricket season

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Raoul Servais, Belgian cartoonist/pres (l'ASIFA)
  • May 1 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racer (d. 2002)
  • May 3 Jeanne Bal, actress (Pat-Love & Marriage), born in Santa Monica, California

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May 4 Betsy Rawls, American golfer (US Womens Open-51, 53, 57, 60), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

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May 4 Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian president (1981-2011), born in Kafr-El Meselha, Egypt

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • May 4 Maynard Ferguson, Verdun Quebec, jazz trumpeter (Roulette)
  • May 4 Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver (d. 1961)
  • May 5 Pierre Schoendoerffer, Chamalieres, France, director and screen-writer (The Anderson Platoon), (d. 2012)
  • May 6 Robert Poujade, French politician
  • May 7 John Ingle, actor (Edward Quartermaine-General Hospital), (d. 2012)
  • May 7 Marvin Mitchelson, attorney
  • May 8 Theodore Sorenson, presidential advisor (JFK)/author (1000 Days)
  • May 8 William Jay Sydeman, composer
  • May 9 Barbara Ann Scott, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1948), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2012)
  • May 9 Pall Pampichier Palsson, composer
  • May 9 Richard A "Pancho" Gonzalez, tennis star (US 1948-49), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 9 Ralph Goings, American painter
  • May 10 Arnold Rüütel, Estonian president
  • May 11 Yaacov Agam, Israeli sculptor
  • May 11 Brother Andrew, Dutch missionary
  • May 12 Manuel Lujan Jr, (Rep-R-NM, 1969- )
  • May 12 Burt Bacharach, composer (I'll Never Fall in Love Again), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • May 12 Henry Cosby, African-American songwriter (d. 2002)
  • May 13 Édouard Molinaro, French film actor, director and screenwriter
  • May 13 Enrique Bolaños, President of Nicaragua
  • May 13 Jim Shoulders, Champion rodeo cowboy (d. 2007)
  • May 14 Will "Dub Jones, American singer (The Coasters) (d. 2000)
  • May 14 Frederik H. Kreuger, Dutch scientist and inventor
  • May 16 Billy Martin, baseball 2nd baseman/manager (NY Yankees, Oakland A's)
  • May 16 Reginald Askew, dean (King's College London)
  • May 16 Hiroshi Nakajima, Chiba, Japan, doctor (WHO Director-General, 1988-98), (d. 2013)
  • May 17 Donald Cameron Watt, historian
  • May 17 Ian Griggs, bishop (Ludlow)
  • May 17 Vivian Moses, biotechnologist
  • May 18 G R Hall, nuclear scientist
  • May 18 P G Hammersley, British Rear-Admiral
  • May 18 Pernell Roberts, Waycross Ga, actor (Adam-Bonanza, Trapper John MD)
  • May 19 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (d. 1998)
  • May 19 Colin Chapman, English automotive engineer and founder of Lotus Cars, born in Richmond (d. 1982)

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May 19 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • May 20 David Berriman, CEO (Rose Thomson Young group of Lloyds Trustees)
  • May 20 David Hedison, actor (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)
  • May 20 Jack Kevorkian, controversial American medical doctor
  • May 21 Alice Drummond, American actress (Awakenings), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (d. 2016)
  • May 22 Roscoe Robinson, US gospel singer
  • May 22 T. Boone Pickens, American business person and oil tycoon (Shamrock, Mesa Petroleum Co), born in Holdenville, Oklahoma
  • May 23 Nigel Davenport, actor (Without a Clue, Masada), born in Cambridge, England (d. 2013)
  • May 23 Nina Otkalenko, USSR, 800m runner (9 world records)
  • May 23 Rosemary Clooney, Kentucky, singer/paper towels spokeswoman (Coronet)
  • May 23 Jeannie Carson, English actress and comedian
  • May 23 Pauline Julien, French Canadian singer (d. 1998)
  • May 24 Peter Griffiths, British politician (C), controversially won his seat (1964), born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire (d. 2013)
  • May 24 William Trevor, Irish-born writer (Children of Dynmouth, Fools of Fortune), born in Mitchelstown, Ireland (d. 2016)
  • May 25 Frigyes Hidas, composer
  • May 25 Mary Tuck, social researcher/civil servant
  • May 27 Thea Musgrave, Barnton Midlothian Scot, composer (Mary Queen of Scots)
  • May 28 Albert Booth, British government minister
  • May 29 Felix Rohatyn, investment banker (NY Big MAC Bonds), born in Vienna, Austria
  • May 30 John Keith Wright, English economist/asst sect of state (1971-84)
  • May 30 Agnès Varda, French director
  • May 30 Pro Hart, Australian artist (d. 2006)
  • May 30 Gustav Leonhardt, Master Dutch Harpsichordist, organist and conductor
  • May 31 Jacob Lateiner, pianist/professor (Juiliard), born in Havana, Cuba
  • May 31 Pankaj Roy, cricketer (Indian opener, 413 partnership w/Vinoo Mankad)

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Barry E Odell Pain, English writer (Punch), dies at 63
  • May 7 Alexander Afanasii Spendiaryan, composer, dies at 56
  • May 9 Constantin Dimitrescu, composer, dies at 81
  • May 16 Edmund William Grosse, poet/author, dies
  • May 19 Henry Franklin Belknap Gilbert, composer, dies at 59
  • May 19 Max Scheler, German philosopher, dies at 53
  • May 22 William HT Gairdner, Engl missionary (Nile Mission Press), dies at 54
  • May 31 Ludwig Enneccerus, German leader, dies at 85
  • May 31 Manuel de Oliveira Lima, Brazilian historian, dies at 60