May 1909 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Netherlands begins unity with Belgium
  • May 7 Construction begins on first 100 houses in Ahuzat Bayit (Tel Aviv)
  • May 10 Winchester's Fred Toney no-hits Lexington for 17 inning
  • May 13 Christian National Labor Workers (CNV) party begins in Netherlands
  • May 17 White firemen on Georgia lroad strike to protest against hiring blacks
  • May 22 1st San Francisco fireboat, David Scannell, launched
  • May 24 Bristol University granted Royal Charter
  • May 29 Frank "Home Run" Baker's 1st career home run
  • May 30 National Conference on the Negro is held
  • May 30 Reuben Siegel laid cornerstone of 1st home in Tel-Aviv
  • May 31 1st NAACP conference (United Charities Building, NYC)

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Ethel Jane Cain, original UK Speaking Clock voice
  • May 1 Yiannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, born in Monemvasia (d. 1990)
  • May 4 Jeroom Verten [Jozef F Vermetten], Flemish playwright
  • May 5 Miklos Radnoti, writer
  • May 6 Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcastor (d. 2004)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 7 Edwin Land, American inventor of instant photography and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1991)

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land
  • May 10 Harold Francis Collison, trade Unionist
  • May 10 Lord Collison, British union leader (agriculture workers)
  • May 11 René Bousquet, French Vichy-police chief (deported Jews), born in Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne (d. 1993)
  • May 14 Vladimir Alatortsev, USSR, International Chess Master (1950)
  • May 16 Charles Wislon, principal (Glasgow University)
  • May 17 Edward Playfair, British senior civil servant
  • May 19 Nicholas Winton, English Humanitarian ('British Schindler' - saved 600 children from Nazis), born in London (d. 2015)
  • May 20 Edward Moss Hutchinson, educationalist
  • May 21 Guy de Rothschild, French banker
  • May 21 François-Albert Angers, Quebec economist (d. 2003)
  • May 23 Edwin Arrowsmith, diplomat
  • May 24 Guillermo Diaz-Plaja, Spanish literary/poet (Lorca)
  • May 24 Louis Fornberg, writer
  • May 24 Wilbur Mills, (Rep-D-Ark)/involved with Fanne Foxe
  • May 25 Alfred Kubel, German politician (d. 1999)
  • May 28 John Schepens, [Jean Baudoux], Flemish journalist/writer (Polyfoto)
  • May 29 Neil R[onald] Jones, US, sci-fi author (Space War, Twin Worlds)
  • May 31 Jan Lewando, British director (Marks & Spencer)

Deaths in History

  • May 5 Pauline Staegeman, German feminist, dies
  • May 8 Friedrich von Holstein, German diplomat, dies
  • May 10 Johannes de Koo, journalist/playwright, dies
  • May 18 George Meredith, English poet/writer (Diana of Crossways), dies at 81