What Happened in May 1933

Historical Events

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May 2 In Germany, Adolf Hitler bans trade unions

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • May 3 1st female director (Nellie T Ross) of US Mint takes office
  • May 4 Pulitzer prize awarded to Archibald Macleish (Conquistador)
  • May 6 59th Kentucky Derby: Don Meade aboard Brokers Tip wins in 2:06.8
  • May 6 Italy & USSR sign trade agreement

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May 8 Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India.

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • May 9 Spanish anarchists call for general strike
  • May 10 Deutsche Arbeitsfront (DAF) forms
  • May 10 Nazis stage public book burnings in Germany
  • May 10 Paraguay declares war on Bolivia
  • May 10 Suriname worker's union leader A de Come banish to Netherlands
  • May 12 Federal Emergency Relief Administration & Agricultural Adjustment Administration form to help the needy & farmers
  • May 13 58th Preakness: Charley Kurtsinger aboard Head Play wins in 2:02
  • May 15 1st voice amplification system to be used in US Senate
  • May 16 Cecil Travis becomes 1st player to get 5 hits in his 1st game
  • May 17 Vidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort form Nasjonal Samling — the national-socialist party of Norway.

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May 18 Tennessee Valley Act (TVA) Act signed by FDR, to build dams

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • May 18 1st major league All-Star Game announced for July 6 at Comiskey Park It will be played as part of the Chicago World's Fair
  • May 21 Mount Davidson Cross, San Francisco, lit by FDR via telegraph
  • May 22 Loch Ness Monster is reportably 1st sighted by John Mackay
  • May 22 World Trade Day/National Maritime Day 1st celebrated
  • May 24 Dmitri Shostakovitch's Preludes premieres in Moscow
  • May 26 2nd emergency Dutch government of Colijn forms
  • May 26 Phillies Chuck Klein hits for cycle vs St Louis Cards
  • May 27 Austrian communist party banned
  • May 27 Century of Progress Exposition opens in Chicago
  • May 27 Federal Securities Act signed
  • May 27 Trailing 11-3, Yanks score 12 runs in 8th & beat White Sox 15-11
  • May 27 Walt Disney's "3 Little Pigs" released
  • May 30 Patent on invisible glass installation
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Louis Meyer wins in 4:48:00.774 (167.632 km/h)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Bunk Gardner, musician (Mothers Of Invention), born in Cleveland Ohio
  • May 3 Collie Smith, cricketer (exciting WI all-rounder all too briefly)

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May 3 James Brown, American soul singer (Hot Pants, Living in America) and originator of funk music, born in Barnwell, South Carolina (d. 2006)

Singer James Brown
James Brown
  • May 3 Alex Cord, American actor
  • May 4 J. Fred Duckett, Texan sports announcer and teacher
  • May 6 John Willoughby Denison-Pender, 3rd Baron Pender

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May 7 Johnny Unitas, NFL QB (Balt Colts, San Diego); one of the greats, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • May 7 Nexhmije Pagarusha, Albanian singer
  • May 8 Alistair Service, writer/publisher
  • May 9 Johnny Grant, unofficial mayor of Hollywood
  • May 10 Barbara Taylor Bradford, author
  • May 11 Louis Farrakhan, minister (black islam nation, million man march)
  • May 12 Andrey Voznesensky, Russian poet
  • May 13 Alden Ashforth, composer
  • May 13 Sid Morrison, (Rep-R-WA, 1981- )
  • May 13 Stig Gustav Schonberg, composer
  • May 14 John Mortimore, cricketer (England off-spinner 1959-64)
  • May 14 Lajos Kovacs, Hungary, actor (Wings of Desire)
  • May 14 Frank Harte, Irish singer and song collector
  • May 14 Michael Chevalier, German voice actor
  • May 18 Bernadette Chirac, French politician
  • May 20 Constance Towers, actress (Capitol, Shock Corrider, Naked Kiss)
  • May 21 Maurice André, French trumpeter, (d. 2012)
  • May 22 John Browning, pianist (Leventritt Award-1956), born in Denver, Colorado
  • May 23 Bruce A Peterson, US test pilot (M2, HL-10)
  • May 23 Gerrit J M Braks, Dutch minister of agriculture & land & fishing (CDA)
  • May 23 Joan Henrietta Collins, actress (Alexis-Dynasty, Bitch), born in London, England
  • May 24 Christopher Staughton, British Lord Justice of Appeal
  • May 24 Hemchandra Tukaram Dani, cricketer (Test Ind v Pak, 1-19, ct 1, DNB)
  • May 24 Joaquín Vaquero Turcios, Spanish painter
  • May 24 Tony Mullett, dir-general (National Criminal Intelligence Service)
  • May 24 Aharon Lichtenstein, Orthodox Jewish rabbi
  • May 25 Roger Bowen, actor (M*A*S*H, Main Event, What about Bob, Petulia)
  • May 25 Ray Spencer, English footballer
  • May 27 Ted Rogers, Canadian entrepreneur
  • May 28 John Karlen, American actor (Harvey Lacey-Cagney & Lacey), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 28 Philip Otton, high court judge
  • May 29 Helmuth Rilling, German conductor

Famous Deaths

  • May 13 Paul Ernst, German writer, dies at 67
  • May 15 Ernest Torrence, actor (I Cover the Waterfront), dies at 54
  • May 21 John Henry Mackay, Scottish/German author (Der Schwimmer), dies at 69

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May 26 Jimmie Rodgers [James Charles], American country singer and singing brakeman, dies of a pulmonary hemorrhage at 35

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers
  • May 26 Horatio Bottomley, British financier and politician (b. 1860)
  • May 29 Frank Sugg, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests for England 1888), dies