Historical Events in May 1918

  • May 2 General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.
  • May 4 Yankees set record with 8 sacrifices, beat Red Sox's Babe Ruth 5-4
  • May 10 HMS Vindictive sunk to block entrance of Ostend Harbor
  • May 11 44th Kentucky Derby: William Knapp on Exterminator wins in 2:10.8
  • May 13 1st US airmail stamps issued (24 cents)
  • May 14 Sunday baseball is made legal in Washton, DC
  • May 15 1st airmail postal service (NY, Philadelphia & Wash DC)
  • May 15 1st regular airmail service (between NY & Wash) inaugurated
  • May 15 43rd Preakness: Johnny Loftus aboard War Cloud wins in 1:53.6
  • May 15 Greeks troops lands at Smyrna

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May 15 Washington Senator Walter Johnson pitches 1-0, 18 inning game

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • May 15 The Finnish Civil War ends.
  • May 16 The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government an imprisonable offense.
  • May 18 Dutch Indian Volksraad installed in Batavia
  • May 18 TNT explosion in chemical factory in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, kills 200
  • May 19 Wash 1st Sunday game, Senators beat Cleveland 1-0 in 18 innings
  • May 20 1st electrically propelled warship (New Mexico)
  • May 21 US House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote
  • May 23 King Oil/Shell refinery on Curacao officially opens
  • May 24 Cleveland Indians Stan Coveleski sets club record for most innings pitched (19)
  • May 24 Cleveland beats Yankees 3-2 in 19th inning
  • May 24 British officer General Poole lands at Murmansk, the Russian port on the Barents Sea
  • May 26 Georgian Social Democratic Republic declares independence from Russia
  • May 26 Armenia defeats the Ottoman Army in the Battle of Sardarapat.
  • May 27 Third Battle of Aisne: German offensive overcomes British forces (WWI)
  • May 28 Azerbaijan gains independence and declares itself a Democratic Republic