May 1920 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Belgium-Luxembourg toll tunnel opens
  • May 5 German-Latvian peace treaty signed
  • May 5 Polish troops occupy Kiev
  • May 5 US President Wilson makes Communist Labor Party illegal
  • May 5 Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are arrested on charges and robbery of a paymaster at a shoe factory in Massachusetts, US - the two men will executed
  • May 7 USSR recognizes Georgia's independence
  • May 14 Giants inform Yankees that the lease allowing them to play in the Polo Grounds will not be renewed at end of 1920 season

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 Joan of Arc (Jeanne D'arc) canonized a saint

French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc
  • May 16 Spanish bullfighter Joselito is fatally gored fighting his last bull
  • May 17 1st De Havilland double-decker flight (London) lands in Schiphol
  • May 17 1st flight by Dutch airlines KLM (Koninklijke-Luchtvaart-Maatschappij)
  • May 20 Mexican President Venustiano Carranza, under attack by American petroleum companies, faces an armed rebellion by right-wing Sonoro triumvirate after nationalizing subsoil rights
  • May 21 Mexican President Venustiano Carranza is executed by army generals after fleeing an armed rebellion in Mexico
  • May 23 Pope Benedictus XV publishes encyclical Pacem Dei
  • May 27 Tatar ASSR forms in Russian SFSR

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 Otto Buchsbaum, Austrian writer and ecological activist (d. 2000)
  • May 5 John Hidalgo Moya, architect/designer (Skylon)
  • May 6 John Henderson, Lord-Lieutenant (Berkshire England)
  • May 8 Maurice Cranston, political scientist
  • May 8 Sloan Wilson, Norwalk, Conn, novelist (Man in the Gray Flannal
  • May 8 Tom of Finland [Touko Laaksonen], Finnish fetish artist, born in Helsinki (d. 1991)
  • May 9 Richard Adams, author (Day Gone By)
  • May 9 William Tenn, American author
  • May 10 Basil Kelly, Lord Justice of Appeals (Northern Ireland)
  • May 13 Ratu Kasmisere Mara, PM of Fiji (1960-70, 70- )/pres (1994- )
  • May 13 Gareth Morris, British flautist (d. 2007)
  • May 15 Hugh Henry Home Popham, aviator/writer/poet
  • May 17 Harriet Van Horne, columnist/panelist (Leave it to Girls), born in Syracuse, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 18 John Paul II [Karol Wojtyla], 264th Roman Catholic Pope (1978-2005), born in Wadowice, Poland (d. 2005)

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 19 Tina Strobos, Netherlands, physician and resistor to Nazi occupation, (d. 2012)
  • May 20 John Cruickshank, banker
  • May 20 William Simpson, British trade union leader
  • May 22 Hugh Armstrong Clegg, industrial relations academic
  • May 22 Thomas Gold, Austrian astrophysicist (proposed steady-state theory of universe)
  • May 27 Michael Webster, CEO (DRG)
  • May 27 William Crawshay, Lord-Lt of Gwent
  • May 29 Robin Haydon, British diplomat

Deaths in History

  • May 10 John Wesley Hyatt, inventor/plastics pioneer, dies
  • May 11 William D Howells, US author (A Woman's Reason), dies at 83
  • May 16 Levi P. Morton, United States Vice President under Benjamin Harrision (b. 1824)
  • May 21 Venustiano Carranza, Mexican President (1917-1920), executed by army generals after his decision that the next President be a civilian (61)
  • May 23 Svetozar Boroević, Austrian field marshal (b. 1856)