May 1911 in History

Events in History

  • May 2 French troops occupy Fès El Bali Morocco
  • May 9 Fire breaks out at Empire Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • May 11 The United States becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • May 12 American economic expert W Morgan Schuster arrives by invitation to assume almost dictatorial power over Persia's finances; a move resented by Russia
  • May 12 1st Inter-Empire Championships open in London
  • May 13 NY Giant Fred Merkle is 1st to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st)
  • May 15 British House of Commons accept Parliament Bill
  • May 15 Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Indiana University, incorporates
  • May 15 Supreme Court dissolves Standard Oil (Sherman Antitrust Act)
  • May 15 The Georgios Averof cruiser is bought by Greece.
  • May 16 Remains of a neanderthal man found on Jersey, Channel Islands

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May 16 Zeppelin "Deutscheland" wrecked at Dusseldorf

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin
  • May 18 Pres/dictator Jose Porfirio Diaz of Mexico term ends
  • May 20 Edwin Boaler Alletson hits 189 in 90 mins Notts v Sussex
  • May 21 French troop enter Fez in Morocco to quell anti-European agitation

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May 23 NY Public Library building at 5th Avenue dedicated by President Taft

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • May 25 Revolution in Mexico overthrows President Jose Porfirio Diaz
  • May 26 Germany passes legislation organizing Alsace and Lorraine as an autonomous state with a legislature
  • May 31 RMS Titanic launched in Belfast

Birthdays in History

  • May 5 Phillip Edmund Clinton Manson-Bahr, specialist in tropical medicine
  • May 8 Wilhelm F de Gaay Fortman, Dutch lawyer/foreign minister
  • May 9 Harry Simeone, choral director (Kate Smith Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 10 Bel Kaufman, American author, born in Berlin, Germany, (d. 2014)
  • May 11 Edgar Beck, president (John Mowlem)
  • May 11 Roy James Alfred Kaulback, soldier
  • May 11 Mitchell Sharp, Canadian politician (d. 2004)
  • May 14 J Borremans, Belgian politician (communist)/MP
  • May 15 Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann)
  • May 15 Herta Oberheuser, Nazi doctor (d. 1978)
  • May 16 Olaff J de Landell, [JB Wemmerslager van Sparwoude], writer
  • May 17 Knut Anders Haukfield, SOE Operative
  • May 18 Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell, British newspaper proprietor and journalist (d. 2001)
  • May 20 Annie M G Schmidt, writer (Fam Doorsnee, Jip & Janneke)
  • May 20 Gardner Fox, American sci-fi author (Atom, Hawkman, Zatanna), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 22 Anatol Rapoport, Russ/US mathem/biologist (game theory)
  • May 23 Melvin M Payne, president (National Geographic Society)
  • May 24 Barbara West, English survivor of the Titanic sinking (d. 2007)
  • May 27 Hubert Humphrey, (Sen-D-Minn) 38th VP (1965-69), 1968 Presidential candidate
  • May 27 Torolf Elster, Norwegian journalist/writer (Frihet och demokrati)
  • May 27 Teddy Kollek, Austrian-born Israeli politician (d. 2007)
  • May 28 Jean-Pierre Levy, resistance leader
  • May 29 James Marjoribanks, British ambassador
  • May 29 Louis Wain, agricultural scientist
  • May 31 Edward Adamson, art therapist/collector

Deaths in History

  • May 21 Williamina Fleming, Scottish-born astronomer (b. 1857)
  • May 28 Stephanus J du Toit, So Afr theologist/journalist (Afr Bond), dies

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May 29 William Schwenck Gilbert, English dramatist (Gilbert & Sullivan), dies at 74

English Dramatist William Schwenck Gilbert
English Dramatist
William Schwenck Gilbert