What Happened in May 1936

Historical Events

  • May 1 Emperor Haile Selassie leaves Ethiopia as Italian invades

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May 1 FBI's J. Edgar Hoover arrests gangster Alvin "Creepy" Karpis

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • May 2 Sergei Prokofiev's musical "Peter and the Wolf" premieres in Moscow
  • May 2 62nd Kentucky Derby: Ira Hanford aboard Bold Venture wins in 2:03.6
  • May 2 Emperor Haile Selassie & family flee Abyssinia
  • May 3 French People's Front wins elections

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May 3 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut, gets 3 hits

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • May 4 Pulitzer prize awarded to Harold L Davis (Honey in the Horn)
  • May 5 Edward Ravenscroft patents screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip
  • May 5 Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa
  • May 8 Jockey Ralph Neves unexpectedly revived after being declared dead after a fall. His wife fainted when he returned to track
  • May 9 1st KLM airplane to land on Bonaire
  • May 9 Italy takes Addis Abba, annexing Absynnia (Ethiopia)

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May 10 Manuel Azaña elected the second President of the Spanish Republic

President of the Spanish Republic Manuel Azaña
President of the Spanish Republic
Manuel Azaña
  • May 10 Nahas Pasja becomes premier of Egypt
  • May 12 Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Poisoned Kiss" premieres in London
  • May 13 Quiroga government takes office in Spain
  • May 15 Amy Johnson arrives in Croydon, England from South Africa in a record 4 days and 16 hours
  • May 16 1st British air hostess (Daphne Kearley) flight to France
  • May 16 61st Preakness: George Woolf aboard Bold Venture wins in 1:59
  • May 21 Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover's severed genitals in her hand. Her story soon becomes one of Japan's most notorious scandals.
  • May 22 Aer Lingus (Aer Loingeas) is founded by the Irish government as the national airline of the Republic of Ireland.
  • May 24 Dutch bishops forbid membership of Nazi party
  • May 24 Tony Lazerri 2 grand slams (11 RBIs); Ben Chapman sets record by reaching 1st 7 times safely, Yanks beat A's 25-2
  • May 25 The Remington Rand strike, led by the American Federation of Labor, begins.
  • May 26 1st government of Zealand in Belgium ends
  • May 27 RMS Queen Mary leaves Southampton for NY on maiden voyage
  • May 28 Alan Turing submits "On Computable Numbers" for publication, in which he set out the theoretical basis for modern computers.
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Louis Meyer wins in 4:35:03.314 (175.530 km/h)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Michael Rabin, violinist (In Memorium), born in NYC, New York
  • May 2 Quinn Redeker, Woodstock Ill, actor (Dan Raven, Young & Restless)
  • May 2 Engelbert Humperdinck, [Arnold George Dorsey], British singer, born in Madras, India
  • May 4 El Cordobés, Spanish matador
  • May 5 Patrick Gowers, British composer
  • May 6 Joanna Dunham, actress (Possession, House the Dripped Blood)
  • May 6 Sylvia Robinson, rocker (Mickey & Sylvia-Love is Strange)
  • May 6 Bernard Lemaire, French Canadian businessman (Cascades)
  • May 7 Cornelius Cardew, English composer (Scratch Orchestra), born in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire (d. 1981)
  • May 7 Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer (What Becomes of the Brokenhearted), born in Collinsville, Mississippi
  • May 8 Neville Purvis, British vice admiral (Chief of Fleet Support)
  • May 9 Albert Finney, Salford UK, actor (Dresser, Under the Volcano)
  • May 9 Floyd Robinson, baseball player (White Sox, Reds, A's)
  • May 9 Glenda Jackson, Cheshire England, actress (Women in Love)
  • May 9 Terry Downes, middleweight boxing champ (1961-62)
  • May 9 Terry Drinkwater, TV newsman (CBS)
  • May 10 Anthony Mullens, British Lt-Gen (Deputy chief of defense)
  • May 10 Michael Stone, English broker/multi-millionaire (Man Group)
  • May 10 Trevor Clay, Gen-Sec (Royal College of Nursing)
  • May 10 Jayne Cortez, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, poet (I see Chano Pozo), (d. 2012)
  • May 11 Ulrich Berkes, German writer, born in Salle
  • May 12 Tom Snyder, newscaster (Tommorow, NBC Weekend News), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • May 12 Guillermo Endara, President of Panama
  • May 12 Tom Snyder, American television personality (d. 2007)
  • May 12 Frank Stella, American painter
  • May 13 Alan Rayfield, governor (Long Latin Prison)
  • May 13 Rafael Campos, Santiago Dominican Republic, actor (Tonka)
  • May 14 Bobby Darin, [Walden Waldo Cassotto], singer (Mack the Knife), born in The Bronx, New York
  • May 15 Anna Maria Alberghetti, Italy, singer/actress (Cinderfella)
  • May 15 Donald [Anthony] Moffitt, US, sci-fi author (Jupiter Theft)
  • May 15 Jean Balissat, composer
  • May 15 Paul Zindel, playwright (Effects of Gamma Rays on Marigolds)
  • May 15 Wavy Gravy, American clown and activist
  • May 15 Ralph Steadman, British cartoonist
  • May 16 Philippe de Montebello, art exhibitionist (Treasures of Tut), born in Paris, France
  • May 16 Roy Hudd, English comedian (Blood Beast Terror, Vampire Beast Craves Blood)
  • May 16 Karl Lehmann, German Catholic cardinal
  • May 17 Dennis Hopper, KS, actor (True Grit, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider)
  • May 17 Lars Gustafsson, writer
  • May 17 Philippe Boesmans, composer
  • May 19 Elisabeth Schwartz, Austria, pairs figure skater (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • May 20 Anthony Zerbe, Cal, actor (Harry-O, Centennial, They Call Me Mr Tibbs)
  • May 21 Ama Samy, Burma, Jesuit priest/Zen teacher/disciple of Yamada Koun
  • May 21 Dipak Nandy, founder (Runnymead Trust)
  • May 21 Abdul Taib Mahmud, 4th Chief Minister of Sarawak (1981-2014) and 7th Governor of Sarawak (2014-), born in Miri, Kingdom of Sarawak
  • May 22 M. Scott Peck, American psychiatrist and writer (d. 2005)
  • May 23 Charles Kimbrough, actor (Murphy Brown)
  • May 23 Douglas John Gorman, businessman
  • May 23 Robert Sangster, horse owner/trainer
  • May 23 Ingeborg Hallstein, German opera singer
  • May 24 Harold Budd, American avant-garde composer, born in Los Angeles
  • May 25 Rusi Surti, cricketer (Indian slow lefty, hat-trick for Qld 1969), *d. 2013)
  • May 25 Tom T Hall, Olive Hill Ky, country singer/writer (Harper Valley PTA)
  • May 27 Benjamin Bathurst, vice chief of British Defense Staff
  • May 27 Eric Anderson, headmaster (Eton)
  • May 27 Lord Holme, president British Liberal Party
  • May 27 Louis Gossett Jr, American actor (Officer & Gentleman, Deep), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 27 Marcel Masse, Canadian politician
  • May 28 Maki Ishii, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2003)
  • May 28 Claude Forget, French-Canadian politician
  • May 29 Arlene McQuade, actress (Rosalie-Goldbergs), born in NYC, New York
  • May 30 Galina Shostakovitch, daughter of Russian composer Dmitri
  • May 30 Keir Dullea, actor (2001, 2010, David & Lisa), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 30 Roy Harford, Fulham UK, British-born NZ cricketer
  • May 30 Ruta Lee, actress (Operation Eichmann, Marjorie Morningstar)

Famous Deaths

  • May 6 Hans Jelmoli, composer, dies at 59
  • May 8 Oswald Spengler, German philosopher (Underworld of Abendlandes), dies
  • May 14 Edmond HH Allenby, English fieldmarshal in Egypt, dies at 74
  • May 14 Samuel Pl'h Naber, spy/librarian, dies at 71
  • May 17 Panagis Tsaldaris, twice Greek prime minister (b. 1868)
  • May 18 Alick Maclean, composer, dies at 63
  • May 25 Jan Levoslav Bella, composer, dies at 92