May 1903 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 King Edward VII of Great Britain visits Paris, where he is feted in a first step toward improving Anglo-French relations, culminating in the sighing of the Entente Cordiale on 8 April, 1904

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May 14 President Theodore Roosevelt visits San Francisco

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • May 16 1st transcontinental motorcycle trip begins at SF (George Wymann)
  • May 20 Britain's House of Commons begins a debate on the charges of poor administration and ill treatment of natives in Belgium's colony in the Congo Free State
  • May 22 Launch of the White Star Liner SS Ionic.
  • May 23 1st automobile trip across US from San Francisco to NY, ended April 1
  • May 23 1st direct primary election law in US adopted, by Wisconsin
  • May 26 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Three Gables" (BG)
  • May 27 Queen Wilhelmina opens Berlages Merchants bureau in Amsterdam
  • May 29 May coup d'etat: Alexander Obrenovich, King of Serbia, and Queen Draga, are assassinated in Belgrade by the Black Hand (Crna Ruka) organization.

Birthdays in History

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May 2 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician (Common Sense Book of Baby Care), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1998)

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Benjamin Spock
  • May 5 James Beard, US, culinary expert/author (Delights & Prejudices)
  • May 6 Toots Shor, New York restaurateur (d. 1977)
  • May 7 Basil Nield, judge/politician
  • May 9 Walter Dehmel, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1960)
  • May 10 Otto Bradfisch, Nazi leader (d. 1994)
  • May 13 Alfred Pugsley, civil engineer
  • May 15 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (d. 1998)
  • May 17 Douglas Packard, British Lt General
  • May 21 Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian attorney/minister/premier (1953..7)
  • May 21 Manly Wade Wellman, Angola, sci-fi author (After Dark, Devil's Planet)
  • May 21 Pedro Aramburu, president Argentina
  • May 22 Yves Rocard, French physicist (d. 1992)
  • May 26 Estes Kefauver, (Sen-D-Tn)
  • May 28 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Golden Sail)

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May 29 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes Hope], British born American entertainer, born in London, England (d. 2003)

Entertainer Bob Hope
Bob Hope
  • May 30 Countee Cullen, Balt Md, African American poet of the Harlem Renaissance (Black Christ & Other Poems)
  • May 30 Ray Howard-Jones, artist

Deaths in History

  • May 4 Goce Delchev, a revolutionary from the Balkans - leader of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (b. 1872)
  • May 8 Eugene-Henri-Paul Gauguin, French painter (Tahiti), dies
  • May 29 Bruce Price, American architect (b. 1845)