May 1918 in History

Events in History

  • May 2 General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.
  • May 10 HMS Vindictive sunk to block entrance of Ostend Harbor
  • May 13 1st US airmail stamps issued (24 cents)
  • May 15 1st airmail postal service (NY, Philadelphia & Washington, D.C.)
  • May 15 1st regular airmail service (between NY & Wash) inaugurated
  • May 15 Greeks troops lands at Smyrna
  • May 15 The Finnish Civil War ends.
  • May 16 The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government an imprisonable offense.
  • May 18 Dutch Indian Volksraad installed in Batavia
  • May 18 TNT explosion in chemical factory in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, kills 200
  • May 19 Wash 1st Sunday game, Senators beat Cleveland 1-0 in 18 innings
  • May 20 1st electrically propelled warship (New Mexico)
  • May 21 US House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote
  • May 23 King Oil/Shell refinery on Curacao officially opens
  • May 24 Cleveland beats Yankees 3-2 in 19th inning
  • May 24 British officer General Poole lands at Murmansk, the Russian port on the Barents Sea
  • May 26 Georgian Social Democratic Republic declares independence from Russia
  • May 26 Armenia defeats the Ottoman Army in the Battle of Sardarapat.
  • May 27 Third Battle of Aisne: German offensive overcomes British forces (WWI)
  • May 28 Azerbaijan gains independence and declares itself a Democratic Republic

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Gersh Budker, Russian physicist (d. 1977)
  • May 2 Frederick Archibauld Warner, diplomat
  • May 4 Kakuei Tanaka, Japanese PM (1972-74), convicted of bribe-taking
  • May 4 Thomas Mead, Australian politician and journalist (d. 2004)
  • May 6 Sydney Chatton, England
  • May 9 Orville Freeman, (Sen-D-Mn)/Sec of Agriculture (1961-69), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 10 T Berry Brazelton, doctor (On Being a Father)
  • May 10 George Welch, American pilot (d. 1954)
  • May 11 Richard P Feynman, physicist (Feynman-diagrams/Nobel prize 1965)
  • May 11 Robert Hunt, CEO (Dowty Group)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 12 Julius Rosenberg, 1st US civilian executed for espionage, born in New York City, New York

Alleged Soviet Spy Julius Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Julius Rosenberg
  • May 13 John Johnston, British diplomat (Rhodesia, Malaysia)
  • May 16 Edward Thomas, historian/intelligence expert
  • May 16 Juan Rulfo, Mexican writer (Pedro Paramo)
  • May 16 Kevin Skelton, Bishop (Lichfield)
  • May 18 George Welch, American pilot and war hero (d. 1954)
  • May 19 Abraham Pais, Dutch-born American physicist (d. 2000)
  • May 20 Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (d. 2004)
  • May 21 Leonard Mullens, rubber physicist
  • May 22 David Land, impressario
  • May 24 Coleman Young, 1st African American Mayor of Detroit, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • May 24 D V Jennings, solicitor
  • May 27 Yasuhiro Nakasone, premier of Japan (1982-87)
  • May 30 Guadalupe "Pita" Amor, Mexican poet (d. 2000)
  • May 30 Bob Evans, American restaurateur (d. 2007)

Deaths in History

  • May 3 Charlie Soong, Chinese Methodist missionary and key player in the Xinhai Revolution of 1911, dies at 55
  • May 9 George Co┼čbuc, Romanian poet (b. 1866)
  • May 14 James Gordon Bennett, Jr., American newspaper publisher (b. 1841)
  • May 16 Eusapia Palladino, Italian spiritual medium, dies at 64
  • May 19 Raoul Lufbery, French-American World War I fighter pilot and flying ace (b. 1885)
  • May 27 Henry Adams, US literature historian (Esther), dies at 80
  • May 30 Georgi V Plechanov, Russian revolutionary theorist, dies