What Happened in May 1935

Historical Events

  • May 1 Canada's 1st silver dollar is circulated
  • May 4 61st Kentucky Derby: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 2:05

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May 5 Jesse Owens of US sets long jump record at 26' 8½"

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens

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May 6 British King George V & Queen Mary celebrate silver jubilee

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • May 6 KTM-AM in Los Angeles California changes call letters to KEHE (now KABC)
  • May 6 Pulitzer prize awarded to Audrey Wurdemann (Bright Ambush)
  • May 8 Cincinnati Red Ernie Lombardi doubles in 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th beat Phils 15-4
  • May 11 60th Preakness: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 1:58.4
  • May 14 LA's Griffith Planetarium opens, 3rd in US
  • May 14 Plebiscite in Philippines ratifies independence agreement
  • May 14 Northamptonshire County Cricket Club gains (over Somerset at Taunton by 48 runs) what proved to be their last victory for 99 matches, a record in the County Championship. Their next Championship win was not until May 29, 1939.
  • May 15 Pirates beat Phillies 20-5
  • May 15 The Moscow Metro is opened to public.
  • May 18 Harold Gimblett scores 123 in 80 mins on debut for Somerset
  • May 19 NFL adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936
  • May 23 1st scheduled night game postponed due to rain (Cincinnati)
  • May 24 1st major league night baseball game, in Cincinnati (Reds 2, Phil 1)

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May 25 Babe Ruth hits his last 3 home runs, Boston Braves vs Pirates

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • May 25 Track and field athlete Jesse Owens equals or breaks 4 world records in 45 minutes at a Big Ten meet at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Remembered as "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport".

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May 27 Supreme Court declares FDR's National Recovery Act unconstitutional

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • May 29 French liner Normandie begins its maiden voyage, arrived in NYC on June 3rd
  • May 29 Hague local museum opens
  • May 30 Babe Ruth's final game, goes hitless for Braves against Phillies
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Kelly Petillo wins in 4:42:22.771 (170.977 km/h)
  • May 31 Babe Ruth grounds out in his final at bat
  • May 31 7.7 magnitude earthquake hits Quetta in Balochistan, British Raj (Pakistan) killing approx 50,000

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Ann Robinson, American actress
  • May 2 Faisal II, King of Iraq (1939-58)/son of Ghasi I
  • May 2 Hussain ibn Talal, King of Jordan (1952- )
  • May 2 Lance LeGault, American actor, (d. 2012)
  • May 2 Luis Suárez Miramontes, Spanish footballer and manager
  • May 3 Donald P Hodel, Portland Ore, US Secretary of Interior (1985-89)
  • May 3 Ron Popeil, American inventor
  • May 5 Douglas Marland, West Sand Lake NY, soap opera writer (Gen Hospital)
  • May 7 Kevin O'Connor, actor (Bogie, Special Effects), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • May 7 Isobel Warren, Canadian author
  • May 8 Jack Charlton, soccer manager (Rep of Ireland)
  • May 8 Salome Jens, actress (From Here to Eternity), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • May 8 Viscount Falkland, British peer (Lib-Dem)
  • May 9 Nokie Edwards, Lahoma, Oklahoma, American guitarist (The Ventures)
  • May 10 Henry Fambrough, US singer (Spinners)
  • May 10 Larry Williams, rocker
  • May 11 Doug McClure, actor (Checkmate, Virginian, Roots), born in Glendale, California
  • May 11 Francisco Umbral, Spanish novelist (d. 2007)
  • May 12 Johnny Bucyk, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 13 Nigel Butterley, composer
  • May 13 Yizhak Sadai, composer
  • May 13 Dominic Cossa, American baritone
  • May 15 Ted Dexter, cricketer (in Milan Superb England batsman of 60's)
  • May 15 Gordon Mills, British songwriter (Tom Jones - "Its not Unusual"), born in Madras, India (d. 1986)
  • May 17 Dennis Christopher George Potter, playwright (Karaoke, Midnight Movie)
  • May 17 Ivan Slone, world-famous watchmaker
  • May 19 David Hartman, Pawtucket RI, TV personality (Good Morning America)
  • May 19 Fritz Rudolf Fries, German writer, born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 2014)

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May 20 José Mujica, President of Uruguay (2010-2015), champion of the poor and former urban guerrilla with the Tupamaros, born in Montevideo

President of Uruguay José Mujica
President of Uruguay
José Mujica
  • May 21 Terry Lightfoot, clarinetist/bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen)
  • May 22 Ron Piché, Quebec baseball player
  • May 23 Juliet Campbell, British ambassador (to Luxembourg)
  • May 23 Lord Grenfell, head of External affairs European office, world bank
  • May 24 Joan Micklin Silver, American director
  • May 25 Cookie Gilchrist, American football player
  • May 25 Victoria Shaw, Australian-born American actress (d. 1988)
  • May 26 Sheila Steafel, South African-born British actress
  • May 27 Elias Gistelinck, Flemish composer
  • May 27 Lee Meriwether, Miss America (Time Tunnel, Barnaby Jones), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 27 Ramsey Lewis, Chic, pop jazz artist (Hang on Sloopy)
  • May 28 Kenneth Kleinwort, English banker/multi-millionaire
  • May 29 André Brink, South African writer (Dry White Season), born in Vrede, Free State
  • May 29 Denis J Worrall, South African politician/leader (DP)
  • May 29 Martin Garrod, Commandant General (Royal Marines)
  • May 31 Bruce Bolton, cricketer (two Tests NZ v England 1959)
  • May 31 Jim Bolger, 35th Prime Minister of New Zealand

Famous Weddings

  • May 24 Swedish princess Ingrid marries Danish crown prince Frederik (IX)

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (b. 1889)
  • May 11 Edward H Thompson, US archaeologist (Mayan civilization), dies at 78
  • May 12 Józef Pilsudski, Polish statesman and Chief Marshall (1918-22), dies at 67
  • May 15 Kazimir Malevich, Polish/Ukrainian artist (b. 1878)
  • May 17 Paul Dukas, French composer (b. 1865)
  • May 19 Charles Martin Tornow Loeffler, French composer, dies at 74

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May 19 T. E. Lawrence [Lawrence of Arabia], British author, soldier and diplomat famous for his liaison role in Arabia during WWI, dies at 46, in a motorcycle accident in Dorset, England

Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • May 20 Ivans, [Jacob van Schevichaven], lawyer/detective writer, dies at 68
  • May 21 Hugo de Vries, botanist Gruppenweise Artbildung, dies at 87

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May 21 Jane Addams, a founder of ACLU (Nobel 1973), dies at 65

Social Worker and Nobel Laureate Jane Addams
Social Worker and Nobel Laureate
Jane Addams
  • May 25 Sir Frank Watson Dyson, English astronomer (b. 1868)
  • May 29 Josef Suk, Czech violinist/composer, dies at 61
  • May 30 Lothar Windsperger, composer, dies at 49