May 1914 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 China's 1st president Yuan Shikai wins dictatorial qualification
  • May 6 British House of Lords rejects women's suffrage
  • May 7 US Congress establishes mother's day

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 9 US President Woodrow Wilson proclaims Mother's Day

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • May 9 J.T. Hearne becomes the first bowler to take 3000 first-class wickets.
  • May 14 Chic Jim Scott no-hits Cleve, gives up 2 hits in 10th & loses 1-0
  • May 15 Bolivia becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • May 15 US Colonel Edward House sails for Europe to persuade major powers to reduce armies and navies; from Germany, House reports: 'Everybody's nerves are tense; it only needs a spark to set the whole thing off'
  • May 21 Greyhound Bus Co begins in Minnesota
  • May 25 British House of Commons passes the Irish Home Rule Bill
  • May 29 Ship rams Canadian ship Empress of Ireland on St Lawrence River; 1,024 die
  • May 30 The new and then largest Cunard ocean liner RMS Aquitania, 45,647 tons, sets sails on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England to New York City.

Birthdays in History

  • May 4 Abdel Karim Kassem, general/premier/dictator of Iraq (1958-63)
  • May 4 Emmanuel Robles, Algerian-Fren journalist/playwright (Lesson Hauteurs)
  • May 7 Sir Arthur Snelling, British Ambassador (d. 1996)
  • May 8 Lord Murton, of Lindisfrarne, deputy chairman (Comm House of Lords)
  • May 8 Romain Gary, Polish writer (d. 1980)
  • May 9 Josef Muller-Brockmann, graphic designer/writer
  • May 9 Theodore Kheel, labor negotiator (Fair Employment Practices)
  • May 10 Lord Smith, British surgeon
  • May 11 Haroun Tazieff, French volcanologist (d. 1998)
  • May 12 Bertus Aafjes, Dutch poet/writer
  • May 12 Dan Daniel, politician (Rep-D-VA, 1969-88), born in Chatham, Virginia (d. 1988)
  • May 15 Jack Pepys, immunologist
  • May 16 Edward T. Hall, American anthropologist and author
  • May 18 Anthony Fell, British MP
  • May 18 Boris Christoff, Bulgaria/Italian bass (Boris Godunov)
  • May 18 Pierre A Balmain, France, fashion designer (1940's "New Look")
  • May 19 Max Perutz, Austrian-born molecular biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (d. 2002)
  • May 19 Go Seigen, Japanese Go player
  • May 20 Corneliu Coposu, Romanian politician (d. 1995)
  • May 22 Vance Packard, Granville Summit Pa, author (Hidden Persuaders)
  • May 23 Alec Dickson, founder (VSO)
  • May 23 Barbara Ward, economist/writer (Only One Earth)
  • May 24 Clifford Irving, Chairman (Isle of Man government)
  • May 24 George Tabori, Hungarian writer, born in Budapest (d. 2007)
  • May 27 Lord Erroll of Hale, British minister
  • May 27 Rose Stainton, CEO (British Airways)
  • May 28 W G G Duncan-Smith, fighter pilot

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 29 Tenzing Norgay, Tibetan climber who was the 1st to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary (exact date of birth unknown, but he celebrated on the 29th), born in either northeastern Nepal or Tibet (d. 1986)

Mountaineer and Explorer Tenzing Norgay
Mountaineer and Explorer
Tenzing Norgay

Weddings in History

  • May 7 28th US President Woodrow Wilson's daughter Eleanor marries in The White House

Deaths in History

  • May 9 C.W. Post, American food manufacturer (b. 1854)
  • May 17 Peter Leyten, bishop of Breda (1885-1914), dies at 79
  • May 27 Joseph Wilson Swan, physicist/chemist, dies