What Happened in May 1934

Historical Events

  • May 1 Austria signs pact with Vatican
  • May 1 Philippine legislature accepts US proposal for independence
  • May 1 Water state kingdom dismisses NSB-leader Anton Mussert
  • May 2 Nazi-Germany begins People's court

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 3 Bradman scores 206 Aust v Worcestershire, 210 mins, 27 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • May 5 60th Kentucky Derby: Mack Garner aboard Cavalcade wins in 2:04
  • May 6 Red Sox score 12 runs in 4th inning including record 4 consecutive triples hit by Carl Reynolds, Moose Solters, Rick Ferrell, & B Walters
  • May 7 Princess Juliana of the Netherlands opens Juliana Canal between Maastricht and Maasbracht.
  • May 7 Part of Khabarovsk becomes a Jewish Autnomous Region
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sidney Kingsley (Men in White)
  • May 7 World's largest pearl (6.4 kg) found at Palawan, Philippines
  • May 9 Bradman out for a Cricket duck against Cambridge University!

Music release#1 in the Charts

May 12 "Cocktails For Two" by Duke Ellington hits #1

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • May 12 59th Preakness: Robert Jones aboard High Quest wins in 1:58.2
  • May 13 Great dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies
  • May 15 US Department of Justice offers $25,000 reward for Dillinger, dead or alive
  • May 15 Karlis Ulmanis names himself fascist dictator of Latvia
  • May 18 Academy Award 1st called Oscar in print (Sidney Skolsky)
  • May 18 Congress approves "Lindbergh Act" making kidnapping a capital offense
  • May 18 Jimmie Foxx hits 1st HR in Comiskey Park center field bleachers
  • May 18 TWA began commercial service
  • May 19 Military coup by Col Damian Veltsjev in Bulgaria
  • May 19 Sherlock Holmes crossword puzzle in "Sat Review of Lit" Males who solved puzzle became members of Baker Street Irregulars
  • May 21 Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes first US city to fingerprint its citizens
  • May 23 The Auto-Lite Strike culminates in the "Battle of Toledo", a five-day melée between 1,300 troops of the Ohio National Guard and 6,000 picketers.
  • May 24 Colombia & Peru sign accord about harbor city Leticia
  • May 25 Béla Bartòk's "Enchanted Deer" premieres
  • May 26 Century of Progress Exposition reopens in Chicago
  • May 28 Bradman gets 160 Aust v Middlesex, 124 mins, 27 fours, 1x6, 1x5
  • May 28 Hobbs scores his 197th & last FC cricket ton at 51 years 163 days
  • May 28 Near Callander, Ontario, the Dionne quintuplets are born to Olivia and Elzire Dionne, later becoming the first quintuplets to survive infancy.
  • May 28 The Glyndebourne festival in Sussex, England, is inaugurated.
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bill Cummings wins in 4:46:05.254 (168.761 km/h)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Alette Beaujon, Curacaos poet (Gedichten on the Bay & Elsewhere)
  • May 1 Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, Mexican politician
  • May 3 Georg Kroll, German composer, born in Linz
  • May 3 Frankie Valli, [Castelluccio], singer (Four Seasons-Sherry), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 3 Henry Cooper, English boxer
  • May 4 Pete Barbutti, comedian (Garry Moore Show), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • May 5 Ace Cannon, American saxophonist
  • May 6 Richard C Shelby, (Rep-D-AL (1979-86)/Sen-D-AL, 1987- )
  • May 7 Ben Smith, PGA golfer (Ralphs Senior Classic-4th), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 7 Donald Russell Holler, composer
  • May 7 Heinz Marti, Swiss composer, born in Bern
  • May 7 Willard Scott, weatherman (Today)
  • May 8 Leonard Hoffmann, high court judge
  • May 8 Roger Kendrick, governor (Dartmoor Prison)
  • May 9 Alan Bennett, England, playwright/actor (Secret Policeman's Other Ball)
  • May 9 John Robertson, deputy chairman (Barclays de Zoete Wedd)
  • May 9 Roy Massey, Master of Choristers (Hereford Cathedral)
  • May 10 Cliff Wilson, snooker player
  • May 10 William Lithgow, Scottish industrialist/multi-millionaire
  • May 10 Gary Owens, American disc jockey/TV host (Laugh In, Gong Show), born in Mitchell, South Dakota
  • May 10 Jeanine Basinger, American film scholar
  • May 11 James M Jeffords, (Rep-R-VT, 1975- )
  • May 12 Elechi Amadi, Nigerian novelist (The Concubine), born in Aluu (d. 2016)
  • May 13 Adolf Muschg, Swiss writer (Gruppe Olten), born in Zollikon
  • May 13 Leon Wagner, baseball player (d. 2004)
  • May 14 Frederik von Pallandt, singer
  • May 14 Siân Phillips, Welsh actress
  • May 15 David Robin Francis Guy Greville, 8th Duke of Warwick
  • May 16 Anthony Walker, British army officer (Commandant of the Royal College of Defense Studies)
  • May 16 Nicholas Goodison, CEO (TSB Group)
  • May 17 Earl Morrall, NFL QB (Lions, Giants, Colts), (d. 2014)
  • May 18 Dwayne Hickman, LA, actor (Dobie Gillis, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini)
  • May 19 David Sinclair, actor (Love & Hate)
  • May 19 James Charles Lehrer, Wichita Ks, news anchor (McNeil-Lehrer Report)
  • May 19 Jan Wijn, Dutch pianist
  • May 19 Ruskin Bond, Indian author
  • May 21 Phillip King, British sculptor
  • May 21 Bengt I. Samuelsson, Swedish biochemist, Nobel laureate
  • May 22 Peter Nero, American conductor/pianist (A Sunday in NY), born in NYC, New York
  • May 22 Arne Harris, American television sports director (d. 2001)
  • May 23 Malcolm Gill, deputy head (Bank for Intl Settlements)
  • May 23 Robert A Moog, inventor (Moog Synthesizer)
  • May 24 Jane Byrne, (Mayor-D-Chic)
  • May 24 Barry Rose, English choir-trainer and organist
  • May 25 David J Burke, writer, born in Liverpool, England
  • May 25 Ron Nesson, press secretary (Gerald Ford)
  • May 26 Abdulah M "Dulah" Omar, South African attorney/UDF-leader
  • May 27 Harlan [Jay] Ellison, American sci-fi author (7 Hugos, Doomsman, Babylon 5)
  • May 28 Dionne Quintuplets, secluded quintuplets, born Annette, Alive Cecile, Alive Emelie, Dead 1954 Marie, Dead 1970 Yvonne, Alive, First known set of surviving quintuplets, these girls were treated as
  • May 28 Julian Slade, composer
  • May 28 Rob du Bois, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 2013)
  • May 30 Alexei A Leonov, Siberia USSR, cosmonaut (Voskhod II, Soyuz 19)
  • May 30 Alketas Panagoulias, Greek footballer and coach, (d. 2012)
  • May 31 Bent Peter Rasch, Danish canoeist (Olympic-gold-1952), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • May 31 Jim Hutton, Binghamton NY, actor (Ellery Queen)
  • May 31 Karl-Erik Welin, composer

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 23 First wife Marguerite Van Kessel divorces NFL player Curly Lambeau (36) after 14 years of marriage

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Alexander Alexandrovich Davidenko, composer, dies at 35
  • May 2 Sergey Vasilyevich Lebedev, Russian Chemist (commercial synthetic rubber), dies at 59
  • May 7 Edward Naylor, English composer, dies at 67
  • May 11 Orest Khvolson, Russian physicist (b. 1852)
  • May 14 Lou Criger, American baseball player (b. 1872)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 23 Bonnie Parker, American outlaw (Bonnie & Clyde), killed in police ambush at 23

American Outlaw Bonnie Parker
American Outlaw
Bonnie Parker

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 23 Clyde Barrow, outlaw (Bonnie & Clyde), killed in police ambush

Bank Robber Clyde Barrow
Bank Robber
Clyde Barrow
  • May 25 Gustav Theodore Holst, English composer (Ode to Death), dies at 59
  • May 27 Meijer Linnewiel, [Prof Kokadorus], Amsterdam street hawker, dies
  • May 29 Eugenie Besserer, actress (Anna Christie, Madame X), dies at 65
  • May 30 Togo Heihachiro, Japanese admiral (b. 1848)