Historical Events in May 1926

  • May 1 British coal miners go on strike
  • May 1 Satchel Paige makes pitching debut in Negro Southern League
  • May 2 US military intervenes in Nicaragua
  • May 3 British General Strike: Trade Union Congress calls for a general strike 1 minute to midnight to support striking coal miners
  • May 3 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sinclair Lewis (Arrowsmith)
  • May 3 US marines land in Nicaragua (9-mo after leaving), stay until 1933
  • May 5 Geldrop soccer team forms
  • May 5 Sinclair Lewis refuses his Pulitzer Prize for "Arrowsmith"
  • May 8 A Philip Randolph organizes Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
  • May 8 Fire breaks out in Fenway Park, home of Boston Red Socks baseball team

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May 9 1st flight over the North Pole claimed by Richard E. Byrd and co-pilot Floyd Bennett. Later discovery of Byrd's diary suggests they may have turned back 150 miles short of the pole due to an oil leak.

Aviator and Polar Explorer Richard E. Byrd
Aviator and Polar Explorer
Richard E. Byrd
  • May 10 51st Preakness: John Maiben aboard Display wins in 1:59.8
  • May 11 Airship Norge leaves Spitsbergen for 1st air crossing of Arctic Ocean
  • May 12 Airship Norge is 1st vessel to fly over North Pole
  • May 12 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st Symphony premieres in Leningrad
  • May 12 General Józef Piłsudski returns to power in Poland after coup d'état against the Witos regime
  • May 12 Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole
  • May 12 Hans Luther resigns for 2nd time as German Chancellor after no-confidence vote against his minority government
  • May 12 British General Strike ends after 9 days, coal mine workers stay on strike
  • May 15 52nd Kentucky Derby: Albert Johnson on Bubbling Over wins in 2:03.8

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May 17 Chiang Kai-shek is made supreme warlord in Canton

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • May 17 Wilhelm Marx succeeds Hans Luther as Chancellor of Germany
  • May 18 Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished in Venice California She showed up a month later & said she had been kidnapped
  • May 19 French air force bombs Damascus Syria
  • May 20 Belgian government of Jaspar takes power
  • May 20 Congress passes Air Commerce Act, licensing of pilots & planes
  • May 20 Railway Labor Act became law in USA

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May 20 Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • May 21 White Sox Earl Sheely hits a record 6th consecutive double
  • May 22 "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" by Gene Austin hits #1
  • May 22 Chiang Kai-shek replaces communists in Guomindang China
  • May 22 Dutch Communist Party expels David Wijnkoop
  • May 23 Hack Wilson is 1st to hit a home run off Wrigley Field scoreboard
  • May 23 Lebanese constitution forms under French mandate

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May 24 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000 m (8:25.4)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • May 25 Sholom Schwartzbard assassinates Symon Petliura, the head of the Paris-based government-in-exile of Ukrainian People's Republic.
  • May 26 Lebanon adopts constitution
  • May 28 Military coup by Gen Manuel Gomes da Costa in Portugal
  • May 28 US Customs Court created by congress
  • May 31 Portuguese president Bernardino Machedo resigns after coup
  • May 31 Sesquicentennial Exposition opens in Philadelphia
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Frank Lockhart wins in 5:12:48.768 (154.343 km/h)