May 1924 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Admiral Paul Koundouriotis becomes president of Greece
  • May 2 Netherlands refuses to recognize USSR
  • May 3 Aleph Zadik Aleph is formed in Omaha, Nebraska by Sam Beber.
  • May 4 German Republic election fascists & communists win
  • May 5 Unions terminate Twentse textile strike
  • May 7 Peruvian Torre forms APRA, Alianza Popular Revolutionaria Americana
  • May 8 Arthur Honegger's "Pacifica 231" premieres
  • May 8 Memel territories given to Lithuania
  • May 8 Workers at Werkspoor in Amsterdam strike against 3rd wage cut

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May 10 J. Edgar Hoover appointed head of FBI

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • May 11 Cartel des Gauches wins French parliamentary election

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May 11 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Robert Frost (New Hampshire)

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May 11 Mercedes-Benz is formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz, merging the two companies

Automobile Engineer and Inventor Karl Benz
Automobile Engineer and Inventor
Karl Benz
  • May 16 108°F (42°C) in Blitzen Oregon
  • May 18 Maya Kuzminichna Kopitseva, Gagry Russia, painter of the Leningrad school.
  • May 21 Leopold & Loeb kidnap and kill Bobby Franks to demonstrate their supposed intellectual superiority by committing a "perfect crime".
  • May 26 German government of Marx resigns

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May 26 US President Calvin Coolidge signs Immigration law restricting immigration

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • May 29 AEK Athens FC is established on the anniversary of the siege of Constantinople by the Turks.
  • May 30 Socialist Matteotti falls in Italian parliament by fascists
  • May 31 China recognizes the USSR

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Patricia Roberts Harris, 1st US African American woman cabinet member
  • May 1 Terry Southern, writer
  • May 2 Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer (d. 2004)
  • May 3 Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet (d. 2000)
  • May 3 Ken Tyrrell, English founder of eponymous F1 racing team (d. 2001)
  • May 5 Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Buenos Aires, director (Monday's Child)
  • May 8 Tristan Jones, British sailor and author, born off Tristan da Cunha (d. 1995)
  • May 9 Bulat S Okudzjava, Russian author (Student!)
  • May 9 Gerard Wernars, Dutch graphic designer (Library stamps 1991)
  • May 11 Antony Hewish, radio astronomer
  • May 11 Eugene Dynkin, Russian mathematician
  • May 12 Alexander Esenin-Volpin, Russian mathematician
  • May 13 Harry Schwarz, South African MP and Ambassador to the US
  • May 13 Theodore Mann, American theatre producer and director
  • May 14 Sonia d’Artois, British Canadian WWII resistance agent, born in Eastchurch, Kent (d. 2014)
  • May 14 Brad Anderson, American cartoonist (Marmaduke), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 2015)
  • May 15 Jaime Garcia Terre, poet/essayist
  • May 15 Maria Koepcke, German ornithologist (d. 1971)
  • May 16 Dawda Kairaba Jawara, president (Gambia, 1970-94)
  • May 16 Frank F Mankiewicz, columnist (Perfectly Clear), born in NYC, New York
  • May 17 Lord Tombs, CEO (Rolls Royce)
  • May 17 Thomas Baird, vice-admiral
  • May 20 Peter Shore, MP (Labour)
  • May 23 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (Jim-Calamity the Cow)
  • May 23 Michael McCrum, master (Corpus Christi College Cambridge)
  • May 26 Cooper Evans, (Rep-R-IA, 1981-87)
  • May 28 Edward du Cann, CEO (Lonrho)
  • May 28 Lord Rippon, British MP
  • May 28 Reginald Eyre, solicitor/MP

Deaths in History

  • May 1 August Cuppens, Flemish author (Limburgs Driemanschap), dies at 62
  • May 6 Carel S Adama van Scheltema, poet/writer (socialism), dies at 47
  • May 8 Lev N Lunts, Russian writer (Outside the Law), dies at 23
  • May 10 Adolfo Albertazzi, Italian writer (L'ave), dies at 58
  • May 15 Paul d'Estornelles de Constant, French diplomat/pacifist, dies at 71
  • May 21 Bobby Franks, killed by Leopold & Loeb, at 14
  • May 25 Lyubov Popova, Russian painter (b. 1889)
  • May 29 Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid/London), dies