May 1921 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Drusian sultan Pasja al-Atrasj elected governor of Suwayda
  • May 2 Start of 3rd anti-German revolt in Upper Silesia
  • May 3 West Virginia imposes 1st state sales tax
  • May 5 1st ranger for Cleveland Metroparks hired
  • May 5 Miniature newspaper published (Brighton Gazette 10 x 13 cm)
  • May 8 Sweden abolished capital punishment
  • May 10 Luigi Pirandello's "Sei Personaggi in Cerca d'Autore" premieres
  • May 11 Tel Aviv is 1st all Jewish municipality
  • May 11 The Allied Supreme Council warns Germany to pay reparations or the entire Ruhr Valley will be occupied; Germany agrees
  • May 12 National Hospital Day 1st observed
  • May 14 Florence Allen is 1st woman judge to sentence a man to death, Ohio

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 14 Mussolini's fascists obtain 29 parliamentary seats in Italian elections

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • May 15 British Legion formed to care for ex-servicemen
  • May 17 Belgian and Luxembourg sign customs union
  • May 17 US President Harding opens (via telephone) 1st Valencia Orange Show
  • May 19 Congress sharply curbs immigration, setting a national quota system
  • May 21 Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley Co
  • May 24 1st parliament for Northern Ireland elected
  • May 24 Bulhoek Massacre of Israelites takes place near Queenstown when Colonel Theodore Truter, a police commissioner, leads 6 squadrons, a machine gun and an artillery detachment against the Israelite religious sect collected at their annual gathering on the land of their leader and prophet, Enoch Mgijima at Ntabalanga; the slaughter takes 10 minutes and costs 190 lives
  • May 27 After 84 years of British control, Afghanistan achieves sovereignty
  • May 30 Lord Dunsany's "If" premieres in London
  • May 30 Memorial to Capt Eddie Grant, killed in WW I, unveiled at Polo Grounds
  • May 30 Salzburg, Austria, votes to join Germany
  • May 31 Suffy McInnis (1st base) begins an errorless string of 1,700

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 12th Lord Middleton, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • May 1 Paul Daels, president (Flemish Iron Pilgrimage committee)
  • May 2 Satyajit Ray, Calcutta India, director (Goddess, Adversary)
  • May 3 Vasco dos Santos Goncalves, Portuguese leftist colonel
  • May 4 Edo Murtić, Croatian painter (d. 2005)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 5 Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist, shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work with lasers, born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1999)

  • May 6 Erich Freid, Austrian and British writer, born in Vienna (d. 1988)
  • May 6 Robert Fell, CEO (British Stock Exchange)
  • May 8 Graham Leonard, Bishop of London
  • May 9 Mona Van Duyn, American poet (d. 2004)
  • May 9 Daniel Berrigan, American Jesuit priest and peace activist (Vietnam War), born in Virginia, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • May 9 Sophie Scholl, German anti-Nazi political activist, active in the non-violent resistance group, the White Rose (Die Weisse Rose), born in Forchtenberg, Germany (d. 1943)
  • May 11 Ian Percival, British politician (C) and Solicitor General (d. 1998)
  • May 11 Hildegard Hamm-Brücher, German politician
  • May 12 Giovanni Benelli, archbishop (Florence)/Papal candidate
  • May 12 Henry Mackie, designer of the Belfast Calorimeter
  • May 12 Joseph Beuys, Germany, avant-garde painter/politician
  • May 12 Farley Mowat, Canadian writer and naturalist, born in Belleville, Ontario, (d. 2014)
  • May 13 Syd[ney G] Vincent, British mine workers leader
  • May 16 Robert Croften Brown, politician
  • May 17 Dennis Brain, french-hornist (Serenade), born in London, England
  • May 17 John Garlick, British senior civil servant
  • May 18 Anthony Epstein, FRS/pathologist
  • May 19 Charles van de Reve, slavic (Belief of Kameraden)
  • May 19 Karel van het Reve, Dutch Slavist (Comrade's Religion)
  • May 20 John Harrison, British vice admiral/surgeon
  • May 20 John Marchi, US Senator (Rep-R-NY)
  • May 20 Wolfgang Borchert, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1947)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 21 Andrei Sakharov, Russian nuclear physicist and an activist for disarmament, peace and human rights (1975 Nobel), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1989)

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • May 23 Sanderson Temple, circuit judge
  • May 27 Caryl Chessman, kidnapper who got death penalty (1960)
  • May 28 Heinz G. Konsalik, German author (d. 1999)
  • May 28 Tom Uren, Australian politician, Australian heritage and conservation campaigner, born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2015)
  • May 29 George Terry, chief constable (Sussex England)
  • May 31 Andrew Grima, British jeweller
  • May 31 Robert Arthur Ley, UK, sci-fi author (Telepath, Power of X)

Deaths in History

  • May 5 Alfred H Fried, Austrian/German pacifist (Nobel 1911), dies
  • May 12 Emilia Pardo Bazan, Spanish writer (La sirena negra), dies
  • May 13 Jean Aicard, French poet and novelist (b. 1848)
  • May 22 Marie E Wilton, writer, dies
  • May 28 Geo Mestdagh, Belgian aviation pioneer, dies