What Happened in May 1929

Historical Events

  • May 1 Brooklyn's Johnny Finn sets 100 yard sack race in 14.4 seconds
  • May 1 Farm workers strike begins in East-Groningen
  • May 1 Police kill 19 Mayday demonstrators in Berlin

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May 2 Billie Holiday (14) and her mother are arrested for prostitution following a raid of a brothel in Harlem

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • May 3 Prussia bans anti-fascists

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 4 Lou Gehrig hits 3 consecutive HRs, Yankees 11, Tigers 9

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • May 6 AL announces it will discontinue MVP award
  • May 6 NY to SF footrace begins
  • May 8 Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, incorporated into Norway
  • May 8 NY Giant Carl Hubbell no-hits Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-0
  • May 9 WJW-AM in Cleveland Ohio begins radio transmissions
  • May 10 54th Preakness: Louis Schaefer aboard Dr Freeland wins in 2:01.6

Sport awardGolf Major

May 10 64th British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 292 at Muirfield Gullane

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • May 11 1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)
  • May 11 Dr Annie Webb Blanton forms Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Austin, Texas
  • May 12 Pulitzer prize awarded to Julia Peterkin (Scarlet Sister Mary)
  • May 15 Fire in X-ray film stock kills 125 at Crile Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio)

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

May 16 1st Academy Awards: "Wings", Emil Jannings & Janet Gaynor win

  • May 18 55th Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee on Clyde Van Dusen wins in 2:10.8
  • May 18 Dodgers beat Phillies 20-16 & lost 8-6 in 2nd game (record 50 runs)
  • May 19 Cloudburst causes stampede in Yankee Stadium crushes 2 people to death

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May 19 General Feng Yu-Xiang of China declares war on Chiang Kai-shek government

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • May 21 Automatic electric stock quotation board installed, NYC
  • May 21 Sergei Prokoviev's ballet "Prodigal Son" premieres in Paris
  • May 24 Detroit Tigers beats Chicago White Sox, 6-5, in 21 innings
  • May 27 2nd Ryder Cup: Britain-Ireland, 7-5 at Moortown, England
  • May 28 1st all color talking picture "On With the Show" exhibited (NYC)
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Ray Keech wins in 5:07:25.458 (157.048 km/h)
  • May 31 Atlantic City Convention Center opens

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Sonny James, [James Loden], country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), born in Hackelburg, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • May 1 Sonny Ramadhin, cricket spin bowler (great WI)
  • May 2 Edward Levy Irving, composer
  • May 2 Luc Ferrari, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2005)
  • May 2 Sydney Gedye, cricketer (opening batsman in four Tests for NZ 1964)
  • May 2 Link Wray, American rock guitarist (d. 2005)
  • May 3 Hendrik L van Beek, Dutch vice-admiral
  • May 3 Jaharna Imam, Bangladeshi writer/political activist

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May 4 Audrey Hepburn, British actress (Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1993)

  • May 4 Sidney Lamb, American linguist
  • May 5 John S Ragin, actor (Dr Astin-Quincy ME), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 6 John Polk Allen, Carnegie Oklahoma, CEO (Biosphere 2)
  • May 6 John Taylor, bishop (St Albans)/Lord High Almoner to Queen
  • May 6 Rosemary Camp, president (Council for British Archaeology)
  • May 6 Leon Hughes, American singer (The Coasters)
  • May 7 Dick Williams, baseball player, manager (including Seattle 1986-87)
  • May 7 Sally L Smith, educator/founder (Lab School of Wash)
  • May 7 Babe Parilli, American football player
  • May 8 V N M Korte-van Hemel, Dutch Secretary of Justice (CDA)
  • May 8 Claude Castonguay, Quebec politician
  • May 9 Anthony Lloyd, Lord Justice of Appeal
  • May 9 Kay Dotrice, British actress (d. 2007)
  • May 10 Brian Corby, CEO (Prudential)
  • May 10 Robin Hill, 8th Marquess of Downshire, Irish peer and the Hereditary Constable of Hillsborough Fort
  • May 11 Edward Anson, British vice-admiral
  • May 12 Dollard St. Laurent, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 12 Sam Nujoma, first President of Namibia
  • May 14 Vladimir Antoshin, USSR, International Chess Grandmaster (1964)
  • May 14 Henry McGee, British actor (d. 2006)
  • May 14 Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2007)
  • May 14 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer and lecturer, (d. 2013)
  • May 15 Jack Flavell, cricketer (England pace bowler in 4 Tests 1961-64)
  • May 16 Adrienne Cecile Rich, Balt Md, feminist writer (Diamond Cutters), (d. 2012)
  • May 16 John Conyers Jr, (Rep-D-MI, 1965- )
  • May 16 Osmo Uolevi Lindeman, composer
  • May 16 Claude Morin, French Canadian politician
  • May 17 Raymond Hide, geophysicist
  • May 17 George Weinberg, American psychotherapist (coined "homophobia"), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • May 18 Johan N Block, aviation pioneer (Martinair/Transavia/Air Holland)
  • May 18 Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (C) (1964-1987), born in London
  • May 18 Roger Matton, composer
  • May 19 Harvey Cox, US theologist (Secular City)
  • May 19 Michael Adamis, composer
  • May 19 John Stroger Chicago politician
  • May 20 Andre Carolus Cirino, Suriname/Indian poet
  • May 21 Charles Wadsworth, Barnesville Georgia, pianist (Lincoln Center)
  • May 21 Paul Winslow, cricketer (big-hitter for South Africa, 108 v England 1955)
  • May 21 Robert Welch, designer/silversmith (Robert Welch flatware)
  • May 22 Asher Ben-Yohanan, composer
  • May 23 Joe Modise, South African commandant of Umkhonto we Sizwe (1965- )
  • May 23 Ulla Jacobson, Swedish actress (One Summer of Happiness)
  • May 25 Beverly Sills, [Belle "Bubbles" Miriam Silverman], American soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 25 David S Ruder, 23rd chairman of Security & Exchange Commission
  • May 25 Warren Frost, American actor
  • May 26 Hugo Raes, Flemish writer (Horses Jump & Fresh Sea)
  • May 27 Donald Howard Keats, composer
  • May 28 Leslie Wight, cricketer (one Test WI v India 1953, scored 21)
  • May 28 Patrick McNair-Wilson, MP
  • May 29 Anthony Grant, British MP
  • May 29 Katie Boyle, [Lady Sander Saunders], British broadcaster
  • May 29 Peter Higgs, Newcastle upon Tyne, British theoretical physicist (Nobel, 2013)
  • May 30 Michael Mellinger, Bavaria, actor (Goldfinger)
  • May 31 Aladar Zoltan, composer
  • May 31 Elaine Stewart, actress (Take the High Ground), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • May 31 Neil Shaw, British CEO (Tate & Lyle)

Famous Weddings

  • May 1 American poet e.e (Edward Estlin) Cummings marries 2nd wife Anne Minnerly Barton

HeartWedding of Interest

May 27 Aviator Charles Lindbergh (27) weds author Anne Morrow (22) in Englewood, New Jersey

Aviator Charles Lindbergh
Aviator
Charles Lindbergh
Aviation Pioneer and Author Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Aviation Pioneer and Author
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Henry Morton Dunham, composer, dies at 75
  • May 7 Albert Anselmi, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • May 7 John Scalise, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • May 7 Joseph "Top Toad" Giunta, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • May 11 Jozef Murga┼í, Slovak inventor (b. 1864)
  • May 16 Lilli Lehmann, soprano, dies
  • May 21 V P F A Royle, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1879), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 21 Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1894-95), dies at 82

British Prime Minister Archibald Primrose
British Prime Minister
Archibald Primrose