May 1930 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Planet Pluto offically named by 11 year-old Venetia Burney
  • May 2 Des Moines (Western League) defeats Wichita 13-6 to open 1st ballpark with permanently installed lights
  • May 5 Amy Johnson takes off - first woman to fly solo from England to Australia
  • May 7 Duleepsinhji scores 333 for Sussex v Northants in 330 mins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 9 John Masefield is appointed British Poet Laureate by King George V

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • May 10 1st US planetarium opens (Adler-Chicago)
  • May 10 Clarrie Grimmett takes 10 for 37 v Yorkshire at Sheffield
  • May 12 Pulitzer prize awarded to Marc Connelly (Green Pastures)
  • May 13 Farmer killed by hail in Lubbock, Texas; only known fatality due to hail
  • May 15 Ellen Church becomes 1st female airline stewardess aboard a United flight from San Francisco to Cheyenne
  • May 19 White women win voting rights in South Africa
  • May 20 1st airplane catapulted from a dirigible, Charles Nicholson, pilot
  • May 21 Max Bishop draws 8 walks in a doubleheader
  • May 22 Ruth hits 3 consecutive HR (8th-10th of 60 in 1930)
  • May 22 Yankee "Bronx Bombers" hit 14 HRs in a game
  • May 24 1st woman to fly from England to Australia solo, lands (Amy Johnson)
  • May 24 Ruth homers in both games of a doubleheader, giving him 9 in one week
  • May 26 Joe Sewell, strikes out twice of his 3 times in 1930, by Pat Caraway
  • May 26 Supreme Court rules buying liquor does not violate the Constitution
  • May 27 Richard Drew invents masking tape
  • May 27 The 1,046-foot (319-meter) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public.
  • May 28 Georges Forbes succeeds Joseph Ward as premier of New Zealand
  • May 31 Building begins on Albert Canal in Belgium
  • May 31 Comet 73P/1930 (Schwassmann-Wachmann 3) approaches 0.0617 AUs of Earth

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Richard Riordan, mayor of Los Angeles (R, 1993-2001), born in NYC, New York
  • May 2 Marco Pannella, Italian politician and activist, born in Teramo (d. 2016)
  • May 3 Juan Gelman, Argentine poet, born in Buenos Aires
  • May 5 Michael James Adams, USAF pilot (X-15)
  • May 7 Aviard Gavrilovich Fastovets, Russia, cosmonaut
  • May 7 Horst Bienek, German poet
  • May 7 Totie Fields, American comedienne (d. 1978)
  • May 8 Alex L. Shigo, Duquesne Pennsylvania, American Biologist and Plant Pathologist known for his study of tree decay and contributions to modern arboricultural practices
  • May 10 June Knox-Mawer, British radio host/novelist (World of Islands)
  • May 10 Scott Muni, American radio DJ (d. 2004)
  • May 11 M J Hamlin, Principal/Vice-Chancellor (Dundee University)
  • May 11 Stanley L Elkin, American writer/professor (Living End), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 11 Edsger Dijkstra, Dutch computer scientist (d. 2002)
  • May 11 Bud Ekins, American stuntman (d. 2007)
  • May 11 William Carey, American businessman and philanthropist (W.P. Carey & Co. LLC) (d. 2012), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • May 13 Mike Gravel, (Sen-R-Alaska)
  • May 13 Vernon Shaw, former president of Dominica
  • May 14 Edward V "Ned" Regan, Planfield NJ, (Controller-R-NY, 1978- )
  • May 14 Phillipo Seed, social work academic
  • May 15 Jasper Johns, painter/sculptor (Green Target), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • May 16 Desmond Langley, gov (Bermuda)
  • May 16 Don Conicannon, government minister
  • May 18 Barbara Goldsmith, author (Little Gloria Happy At Last), born in New York City (d. 2016)
  • May 18 Don Leslie Lind, Midvale Utah, astronaut (STS 51-B)
  • May 18 Fred[erick Thomas] Saberhagen, US, sci-fi author (Book of Swords)
  • May 18 Geoffrey Littler, CEO (County NatWest Group)
  • May 18 Warren B Rudman, (Sen-R-NH, 1980- )
  • May 19 Lorraine Hansberry, playwright (Raisin in the Sun)
  • May 20 Robert Bunyard, Commandant (British Police Staff College)
  • May 21 David Smith, principal/vice chancellor (Edinburgh University)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 21 Malcolm Fraser, Prime Minister of Australia (Liberal, 1975-83), born in Toorak, Victoria

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • May 21 Stanley Wells, director (Shakespeare Institute U of Birmingham)
  • May 22 Dieuwke Y W de Graaff-Nauta, Dutch undersecretary of the Interior

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 22 Harvey Milk, American politician and gay activist, born in Woodmere, New York (d. 1978)

American Politician Harvey Milk
American Politician
Harvey Milk
  • May 22 Marisol (Maria Sol) Escobar, Venezuelan sculptor, born in Paris, France (d. 2016)
  • May 23 Richard Anuszkiewicz, Erie, Pa, painter
  • May 23 Friedrich Achleitner, German poet
  • May 24 Ivor Richardson, Judge (NZ Court of Appeals)
  • May 25 Sonia Rykiel, French fashion designer, born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • May 27 John Barth, novelist (Sot-Weed Factor)
  • May 27 William S Sessions, Arkansas, director of FBI
  • May 28 Edward Seaga, PM (Jamaica)
  • May 30 Mark Birley, British nightclub owner (d. 2007)
  • May 30 Robert Ryman, American painter
  • May 31 William Taylor, British Chairman of Convocation (London University)

Deaths in History

  • May 12 Pieter Jelles Troelstra, Dutch SDAP leader, dies at 70

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 13 Fridtjof Nansen, Arctic explorer/diplomat (Nobel 1922), dies at 68

Arctic explorer/Nobel Laureate Fridtjof Nansen
Arctic explorer/Nobel Laureate
Fridtjof Nansen
  • May 13 Helena Lange, German feminist, dies
  • May 17 Herbert David Croly, US founder (New Republic), dies at 61
  • May 25 Randall Thomas Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1848)