May 1929 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Brooklyn's Johnny Finn sets 100 yard sack race in 14.4 seconds
  • May 1 Farm workers strike begins in East-Groningen
  • May 1 Police kill 19 Mayday demonstrators in Berlin
  • May 3 Prussia bans anti-fascists
  • May 6 AL announces it will discontinue MVP award
  • May 6 NY to SF footrace begins
  • May 8 Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, incorporated into Norway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 Soviet government contract Albert Kahn Associates architectural firm to design the USSR's 1st tractor plant

Architect of Detroit Albert Kahn
Architect of Detroit
Albert Kahn
  • May 9 WJW-AM in Cleveland Ohio begins radio transmissions
  • May 11 1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)
  • May 11 Dr Annie Webb Blanton forms Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Austin, Texas
  • May 12 Pulitzer prize awarded to Julia Peterkin (Scarlet Sister Mary)
  • May 15 Fire in X-ray film stock kills 125 at Crile Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • May 19 Cloudburst causes stampede in Yankee Stadium crushes 2 people to death

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May 19 General Feng Yu-Xiang of China declares war on Chiang Kai-shek government

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • May 21 Automatic electric stock quotation board installed, NYC
  • May 21 Sergei Prokoviev's ballet "Prodigal Son" premieres in Paris
  • May 28 1st all color talking picture "On With the Show" exhibited (NYC)
  • May 31 Atlantic City Convention Center opens

Birthdays in History

  • May 3 Hendrik L van Beek, Dutch vice-admiral
  • May 3 Jaharna Imam, Bangladeshi writer/political activist
  • May 4 Sidney Lamb, American linguist
  • May 6 John Polk Allen, Carnegie Oklahoma, CEO (Biosphere 2)
  • May 6 John Taylor, bishop (St Albans)/Lord High Almoner to Queen
  • May 6 Rosemary Camp, president (Council for British Archaeology)
  • May 7 Sally L Smith, educator/founder (Lab School of Wash)
  • May 8 V N M Korte-van Hemel, Dutch Secretary of Justice (CDA)
  • May 8 Claude Castonguay, Quebec politician
  • May 9 Anthony Lloyd, Lord Justice of Appeal
  • May 10 Brian Corby, CEO (Prudential)
  • May 10 Robin Hill, 8th Marquess of Downshire, Irish peer and the Hereditary Constable of Hillsborough Fort
  • May 11 Edward Anson, British vice-admiral
  • May 12 Sam Nujoma, first President of Namibia
  • May 14 Vladimir Antoshin, USSR, International Chess Grandmaster (1964)
  • May 14 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer and lecturer, (d. 2013)
  • May 16 Adrienne Cecile Rich, Balt Md, feminist writer (Diamond Cutters), (d. 2012)
  • May 16 John Conyers Jr, (Rep-D-MI, 1965- )
  • May 16 Claude Morin, French Canadian politician
  • May 17 Raymond Hide, geophysicist
  • May 17 George Weinberg, American psychotherapist (coined "homophobia"), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • May 18 Johan N Block, aviation pioneer (Martinair/Transavia/Air Holland)
  • May 18 Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (C) (1964-1987), born in London
  • May 19 Harvey Cox, US theologist (Secular City)
  • May 19 John Stroger Chicago politician
  • May 20 Andre Carolus Cirino, Suriname/Indian poet
  • May 21 Robert Welch, designer/silversmith (Robert Welch flatware)
  • May 23 Joe Modise, South African commandant of Umkhonto we Sizwe (1965- )
  • May 25 David S Ruder, 23rd chairman of Security & Exchange Commission
  • May 26 Hugo Raes, Flemish writer (Horses Jump & Fresh Sea)
  • May 28 Patrick McNair-Wilson, MP
  • May 29 Anthony Grant, British MP
  • May 29 Peter Higgs, Newcastle upon Tyne, British theoretical physicist (Nobel, 2013)
  • May 31 Neil Shaw, British CEO (Tate & Lyle)

Weddings in History

  • May 1 American poet e.e (Edward Estlin) Cummings marries 2nd wife Anne Minnerly Barton

HeartWedding of Interest

May 27 Aviator Charles Lindbergh (27) weds author Anne Morrow (22) in Englewood, New Jersey

Aviator Charles Lindbergh
Aviator
Charles Lindbergh
Aviation Pioneer and Author Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Aviation Pioneer and Author
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Deaths in History

  • May 7 Albert Anselmi, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • May 7 John Scalise, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • May 7 Joseph "Top Toad" Giunta, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • May 11 Jozef MurgaÅ¡, Slovak inventor (b. 1864)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 21 Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1894-95), dies at 82

British Prime Minister Archibald Primrose
British Prime Minister
Archibald Primrose