What Happened in May 1938

Historical Events


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May 2 Ella Fitzgerald records "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • May 2 Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for his play "Our Town"
  • May 3 Concentration camp at Flossenburg goes into use
  • May 3 Lefty Grove defeats Tigers 4-3 for 1st of record 20 consecutive wins at his home field Fenway Park; he doesn't lose there until May 12 1941
  • May 3 Vatican recognizes Franco-Spain
  • May 4 Douglas Hyde (a protestant) becomes 1st president of Eire
  • May 5 Phillies Harold Kelleher faces 16 batters in 6th, as Cubs score 12 runs, both marks are NL records off one hurler in a single inning
  • May 6 Dutch writer Maurits Dekker sentenced to 50 days for "offending a friendly head of state" (Hitler)
  • May 7 64th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Lawrin wins in 2:04.8
  • May 7 Dutch Minister of Justice Goseling calls fugitives of Nazi-Germany "undesired strangers"
  • May 8 Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks" premieres in Washington, D.C.
  • May 10 Banning speech on anti-fascism demonstration in Amsterdam
  • May 12 Sandoz Labs manufactures LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)
  • May 14 63rd Preakness: Maurice Peters aboard Dauber wins in 1:59.8
  • May 14 England soccer team beats Nazi-Germany, 6-3
  • May 14 "The Adventures of Robin Hood", directed by Michael Curtiz, William Keighley and starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland is released
  • May 15 Paul-Henri Spak forms red coalition of Belgium
  • May 16 1st animal breeding society forms (NJ)
  • May 16 38 die in Terminal Hotel fire (Atlanta Ga)

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May 16 In cricket Bradman scores 278 Aust v MCC, 349 mins, 35 fours 1 six

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • May 17 US Congress approves Vinson Naval Act, which funds a two-ocean navy
  • May 17 Radio quiz show "Information Please!" debuts on NBC Blue Network
  • May 21 Don Bradman scores 143 Austalia v Surrey, 198 mins, 11 fours
  • May 22 Dodgers announce contracts to install lights at Ebbets Field
  • May 25 Spanish Civil War: The bombing of Alicante takes place, with 313 deaths.
  • May 26 US House of Representatives Committee on un-American Activities forms
  • May 27 Bradman scores his 1000th cricket run of English season, earliest to do so
  • May 28 Foundation for Tel Aviv harbor laid
  • May 28 Hindemiths opera "Mathis der Maler" premieres in Zurich
  • May 30 Yanks sweep Red Sox 10-0 & 5-4 in front of 83,533 at Yankee Stadium
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Floyd Roberts wins in 4:15:58.362 (188.615 km/h)
  • May 31 Bill Edrich scores his 1,000th run of cricket season, all at Lord's

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Moshoeshoe II, King of Lesotho (1966-90), born in Morija, Lesotho (d. 1996)
  • May 3 Chris Cannizzaro, American baseball player
  • May 4 Tyrone Davis, US R&B singer (Are you serious)
  • May 4 William J Bennett, US Secretary of Education (1985-88)
  • May 4 Carlos Monsiváis, Mexican writer
  • May 5 Jerzy Skolimowski, director (Hands Up, Deep End), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • May 5 Johnnie Taylor, Crawfordsville, Arkansas, R&B and multi-genre singer (Disco Lady, I Believe in You), (d. 2000)
  • May 5 Michael Murphy, actor (McCabe & Mrs Miller, Unmarried Woman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 6 Jean Garon, Quebec economist and politician
  • May 6 Larry Gogan, Irish radio personality
  • May 7 Johnny Caldwell, Ireland, flyweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1956)
  • May 8 Javed Burki, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 25 Tests 1960-69)
  • May 8 Pierre Lucien Claverie, bishop of Oran
  • May 8 Jean Giraud, Val-de-Marne, France, comic artist (Alien, Tron), (d. 2012)
  • May 9 Geoffrey Holland, civil servant
  • May 9 Charles Simic Yugoslavian-born poet, 15th Poet Laureate of the United States
  • May 10 Manuel Santana, tennis player (US Open 1965)
  • May 10 Maxim Shostakovich, Leningrad Russia, conductor (Atlanta Symph)
  • May 10 Merritt Ranew, baseball player
  • May 10 Michael Shea, director (Hanson Trust)/Queen's press sect
  • May 10 Peter Davies, Major-General/Director-General (RSPCA)
  • May 10 Philip Gordon Winsor, American composer, Born in Morris, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • May 10 Jean Becker, French director, screenwriter and actor
  • May 11 Carla Bley [Carla Borg], American musician (Escalator Over the Hill), born in Oakland, California
  • May 11 Harvey Sollberger, flutist/composer (2 Oboes Troping), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • May 12 Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer/dissident
  • May 12 Millie Perkins, actress (Jane-Knots Landings), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • May 12 Susan Hampshire, actress (Vanity Fair, Living Free), born in London, England
  • May 13 Buck Taylor, actor (Monroes, Gunsmoke), born in Hollywood, California
  • May 13 Laurent Beaudoin, French Canadian businessman (Bombardier)
  • May 13 Giuliano Amato, Italian politician
  • May 15 Lenny Welch, Asbury Park NJ, (Breaking up is Hard to Do)
  • May 15 Mireille Darc, French actress (Week End, Hurried Man), born in Toulon
  • May 17 Don Dolan, actor (Guy Lewis- General Hospital), born in Staten Island, New York
  • May 17 Jason Bernard, actor (Judge-Liar Liar)
  • May 17 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2008)
  • May 17 Trinus Riemersma, Dutch-Frisian writer (Conquest of Leeuwarden)
  • May 18 Janet Fish, Boston USA, American realist artist
  • May 19 James H Bilbray, (Rep-D-Nevada)
  • May 19 Moisés da Costa Amaral, East Timorese leader (d. 1989)
  • May 20 Alan Smithers, British professor
  • May 20 Christina Bass-Kaiser, 3K Dutch speed skater (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • May 20 Marinella, Greek singer and actress
  • May 21 David Groh, American actor (Joe-Rhoda, Don-Another Day), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 21 Urs Widmer, Swiss writer, born in Basel (d. 2014)
  • May 22 Frank Converse, actor (It's About Time, Dr Cook's Garden, Movin' On)
  • May 22 Richard Benjamin, American director/actor (Goodbye Columbus, He & She), born in NYC, New York
  • May 22 Susan Strasberg, American actress (In Praise of Older Women, Manitou), born in NYC, New York
  • May 23 John R Miller, (Rep-R-WA, 1985- )
  • May 23 Peter Preston, editor (Guardian)
  • May 24 Glen Hall, cricket leg-spinner (South African in one Test v England 1964)
  • May 24 Tommy Chong, Edmonton, Alberta, comedian/actor (Cheech & Chong)
  • May 24 David Viscott, American psychiatrist (d. 1996)
  • May 25 Ludmil Buldakova, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • May 25 Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season)
  • May 26 Jackie Liebesit, rocker (Can)
  • May 26 Teresa Stratas, [Anastasia Stratakis], soprano (Salome), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 26 William Elden Bolcom, composer (Oracles), born in Seattle, Washington
  • May 26 Pauline Parker, New-Zealandic murderess
  • May 26 Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Russian playwright and novelist

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May 28 Jerry West, NBA superstar (LA Lakers, Olympic Gold 1960), born in Chelyan, West Virginia

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • May 28 Prince Buster, Jamaican reggae musician and producer (Madness), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2016)
  • May 29 Francis Thomas (Fay) Vincent, baseball commissioner
  • May 30 Wilfried A de Pree, Dutch MP (PvdA)/theologist
  • May 31 John Prescott, British Labour MP
  • May 31 Peter Yarrow, American (Peter, Paul & Mary-Puff the Magic Dragon), born in NYC, New York

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Carl von Ossietzky, German pacifist/writer (Nobel 1935), dies at 48
  • May 9 Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist (b. 1866)
  • May 10 Percy McAlister, cricketer (8 Tests, punches Clem Hill in 1912), dies
  • May 11 Arnold Sauwen, Flemish poet (Hours of Solitude), dies at 81
  • May 13 Charles Edouard Guillaume, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1861)
  • May 14 Jacobus C J "Jacques" Hermans, actor (Ghetto), dies at 81
  • May 16 Stephen Fairbairn, oarsman/coach, dies
  • May 17 Jakob Ehrlich, Austrian politician and zionist (b. 1877)
  • May 23 Philip Kleintjes, republic leader, dies at 70
  • May 26 John Jacob Abel, American Pharmacologist (endocrine glands), dies at 81
  • May 30 Raden Sutomo, Indonesian freedom fighter, dies at 49