What Happened in May 1937

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 FDR signs act of neutrality

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 3 Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With the Wind"

CommunicationHindenburg Disaster

May 6 German airship Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, NJ (36 die)

  • May 8 63rd Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on War Admiral wins 2:03.2
  • May 9 Reds beat Phillies 21-10 (Ernie Lombardi goes 6 for 6)
  • May 10 Busmen strike in London
  • May 12 St Louis Cards beat Philadelphia Phillies, 15-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 12 Coronation of King George VI of Great Britain (and his other realms and territories beyond the sea) at Westminster Abbey.

King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • May 15 62nd Preakness: Charley Kurtsinger aboard War Admiral wins in 1:58.4
  • May 17 Juan Negrin succeeds Largo Caballero as Spain's premier
  • May 19 John Murray/Allen Boretz's "Room Service" premieres in NYC
  • May 25 1st airmail letter to circle globe returns to NY
  • May 26 Dutch Rail NV at law forms
  • May 26 San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opens
  • May 27 Carl Hubbell wins his 24th consecutive game (since July 17, 1936)
  • May 27 Golden Gate Bridge, SF, dedicated
  • May 28 Golden Gate Bridge in SF opens to vehicular traffic

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 28 Neville Chamberlain becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain

Sport awardGolf Major

May 30 20th PGA Championship: Denny Shute at Pittsburgh FC Aspinwall PA

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Denny Shute
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Denny Shute
  • May 30 Memorial Day Massacre - Chicago police shoot on union marchers, 10 die
  • May 30 Pitcher Carl Hubbell's 24th consecutive victory
  • May 30 Police kill 10 strikers at Republic Steel Plant in Chicago
  • May 30 61,756, second largest crowd in Polo Grounds history, sees Dodgers ends Carl Hubbell's consecutive-game winning streak at 24
  • May 30 42nd Men's French Championships: Henner Henkel beats Bunny Austin (6-1, 6-4, 6-3)
  • May 30 42nd Women's French Championships: Hilde Sperling beats Simonne Mathieu (6-2, 6-4)
  • May 31 1st quadruplets to finish college (Baylor University)
  • May 31 Brooklyn Dodgers snap NY Giant Carl Hubbell's 24-game winning streak
  • May 31 German battleships bombard Almeria, Spain
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Wilbur Shaw wins in 4:24:07.861 (182.789 km/h)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Bo Nilsson, Swedish composer (Doppelspiel)
  • May 1 Una Stubbs, English actress ( Till Death Us Do Part), born in Welwyn Garden City
  • May 2 Gisela Elsner, German writer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1992)
  • May 2 Lorenzo Music, American writer/actor/voice (Carlton-Rhoda, Garfield), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 3 Nélida Piñon, Brazilian writer
  • May 4 Ron Carter, jazz bassist (Ron Carter Meets Bach)
  • May 4 Hans Ulrich Lehmann, composer
  • May 4 Mr. Fuji, Former professional wrestler
  • May 4 Dick Dale, American guitarist
  • May 5 Rob Van Gennep, publisher
  • May 6 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Clifton, New Jersey, American boxer whose murder convictions were overturned after 19 years in prison
  • May 7 Claude Raymond, Quebec baseball player
  • May 8 Daniel Robberechts, Belgian writer (Labia Majora)
  • May 8 Dennis DeConcini, (Sen-D-AZ, 1977- )
  • May 8 Michael Simmons, Air Marshal (British Ministry of Defense)
  • May 8 Thomas Pynchon, novelist (V, Gravity's Rainbow), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • May 8 Carlos Gaviria Díaz, Colombian politician
  • May 8 Mike Cuellar, baseball player
  • May 9 Dave Prater, Ocilla Ga, rock vocalist (Sam & Dave)
  • May 9 Sonny Curtis, Texas, guitarist (Crickets)
  • May 9 José Rafael Moneo, Spanish architect
  • May 10 Arthur Kopit, US playwright ('Wings', 'Nine'), born in New York City
  • May 10 Jim Hickman, baseball player (Mets, Dodgers, Cubs), born in Henning, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • May 10 Tamara Press, USSR, shot putter/discus thrower (Oly-gold-60)
  • May 11 David Allan, cricketer (West Indian wicketkeeper 1962-66)
  • May 12 Beryl Burton, UK, won record (7) women's cycling titles
  • May 12 George Carlin, comedian (7 dirty words, AM & FM, Carwash), born in The Bronx, New York
  • May 12 Gerry E Studds, (Rep-D-MA, 1973- )
  • May 13 John Cope, MP/Paymaster General
  • May 13 Judith Somogi, American conductor (Frankfurt Opera-1982), born in NYC, New York
  • May 13 Roger [Joseph] Zelazny, sci-fi author (6 Hugos, Chronicles of Amber)
  • May 13 Zohra Lampert, American actress (Doctor's Hospital), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 13 Roch Carrier, Canadian novelist (The Hockey Sweater), born in Sainte-Justine, Quebec

Novelist and Author of
Novelist and Author of "contes"
Roch Carrier
  • May 13 Trevor Baylis, English inventor of the wind-up radio
  • May 14 Dick Howser, shortstop (Kansas City A's), manager (KC Royals)
  • May 14 Eric Herfst, Dutch cabaret performer/actor (Floris)
  • May 14 Peter Frederic Williams, composer
  • May 15 Trini Lopez, Trinidad, singer/guitarist (If I Had a Hammer)
  • May 15 Madeleine Albright, Prague Czechoslovakia, American politician and diplomat and 1st female U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001)
  • May 16 James Hunt Jr, (Gov-NC)
  • May 16 Yvonne Craig, actress (Batgirl-Batman, Kissin Cousin), born in Taylorville Illinois (d. 2015)
  • May 17 Hazel R. O'Leary, United States Secretary of Energy
  • May 18 Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Oriole 3rd baseman (1955-77)
  • May 18 Jacques Santer, Pres (European Commission)
  • May 19 Sanne Sannes, Dutch photographer
  • May 19 Pat Roach, English actor and wrestler (d. 2004)
  • May 20 Dave Hill, PGA golfer (1967 Memphis), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • May 20 Benjamin Guinness, 3rd Earl of Iveagh, British brewer (Guinness) and large landowner (d. 1992)
  • May 20 Teddy Randazzo, song writer (I'm on the Outside Looking In)
  • May 23 John Mazza, horse trainer
  • May 26 Yehuda Yannay, composer
  • May 29 Alwin Schockemohle, horse show jumper
  • May 29 Irmin Schmidt, rocker (Can)
  • May 29 Peter Kolman, composer
  • May 29 Charles W. Pickering, American judge
  • May 30 Arthur C. Jacobs, Scottish poet, born in Glasgow (d. 1994)
  • May 30 Harry Statham, American basketball coach
  • May 31 Vladislav Ivanovich Gulyayev, Russia, cosmonaut

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Snitz Edwards, actor (Phantom of the Opera, College), dies at 75
  • May 2 Arthur Somervell, composer, dies at 73
  • May 4 Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter (b. 1910)
  • May 9 Walter Mittelholzer, Swiss aviation pioneer, dies in crash at 43
  • May 10 William Tedmarsh, silent movie actor (b. 1876)
  • May 11 Viliam Figus, composer, dies at 62
  • May 13 Ekaterina Geladze, mother of Joseph Stalin (b. 1858)
  • May 15 Phillip Snowden, British politician first Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, dies at 72
  • May 23 John Davison Rockfeller, industrialist, dies at 97 in Ormond Beach Fla

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 23 John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist and philanthropist, dies at 97

Oil Industrialist John D. Rockefeller
Oil Industrialist
John D. Rockefeller
  • May 25 Henry O Tanner, artist, dies
  • May 28 Alfred Adler, Austria psychiatrist (Individual Psychology), dies at 67