May 1908 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 World's most intense shower (2.47" in 3 minutes) at Portobelo, Panama
  • May 2 1908 "Take me out to the Ball Game" registered for copyright.
  • May 5 Great White Fleet arrives in SF
  • May 7 Emperor Franz-Joseph celebrates his golden jubilee with festivities throughout the Austro-Hungarian empire
  • May 9 Dirk Fock becomes governor of Suriname
  • May 10 1st Mother's Day observed (Philadelphia)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 12 George Bernard Shaw's "Getting Married" premieres in London

  • May 12 Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B Stubblefield
  • May 14 1st passenger flight in an airplane
  • May 21 Bill Burns pitching for Washington Senators has no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in 9th
  • May 23 Dirigible explodes over SF Bay, 16 passengers fall, none killed
  • May 23 Part of Great White Fleet arrives in Puget Sound, Washington
  • May 24 Belgium Catholic socialist/liberal parliamentary election
  • May 24 John Masefields "Tragedy of Nan" premieres in London
  • May 26 At Masjed Soleyman (مسجد سليمان) in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made, rights acquired by the United Kingdom
  • May 27 Maulana Hakeem Noor-ud-Din iss elected the first Khalifa of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
  • May 30 1st federal workmen's compensation law approved
  • May 30 Aldrich Vineland Currency Act forerunner to Federal Reserve System
  • May 30 Paris advocate E Archdeacon is 1st passenger in a airplane
  • May 30 US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah authorized
  • May 31 Miss Pottelsberghe de la Pottery is 1st airplane passenger (Belgium)

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Giovanni Guareschi, Italian writer (Don Camillo, Peppone)
  • May 5 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, born in Châlons-sur-Marne (d. 2002)
  • May 5 Kurt Böhme, German bass (d. 1989)
  • May 9 Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (d. 2007)
  • May 10 Carl Albert, (D) speaker of the House
  • May 10 Henry Diamond, Irish Nationalist MP
  • May 13 Michael Richardson, commandant (Home for Disabled Sailors)
  • May 16 Hilary Preston, editor
  • May 16 Mohammed Roem, Indonesian foreign minister (Linggadjati)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 23 John Bardeen, American physicist, electrical engineer and co-inventor of the transistor (Nobel 1956, 1972), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1991)

Physicist and Electrical Engineer John Bardeen
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
John Bardeen
  • May 23 Max Abramovitz, US architect (Lincoln Center, UN Building)
  • May 24 Michael Roberts, historian
  • May 25 Theodore Roethke, US, poet (Words for the Wind)
  • May 26 Nguyen Ngoc Tho, Prime Minister of South Vietnam
  • May 27 Alex Brown, snooker player
  • May 27 Melle J Oldeboerrigter, [Melle], Dutch painter/cartoonist
  • May 30 Mel[vin J] Blanc, voice (Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd & Porky Pig)

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

May 19 Prime Minister of Canada Louis St. Laurent (26) weds Jeanne Renault

12th Prime Minister of Canada Louis St. Laurent
12th Prime Minister of Canada
Louis St. Laurent

Deaths in History

  • May 23 Francois Coppee, French poet, dies
  • May 26 Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Indies theologist (Ahmadiyya motion), dies at 69
  • May 31 Louis-Honoré Fréchette, French Canadian poet (b. 1839)