May 1934 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Austria signs pact with Vatican
  • May 1 Philippine legislature accepts US proposal for independence
  • May 1 Water state kingdom dismisses NSB-leader Anton Mussert
  • May 2 Nazi-Germany begins People's court
  • May 7 Princess Juliana of the Netherlands opens Juliana Canal between Maastricht and Maasbracht.
  • May 7 Part of Khabarovsk becomes a Jewish Autnomous Region
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sidney Kingsley (Men in White)
  • May 7 World's largest pearl (6.4 kg) found at Palawan, Philippines
  • May 13 Great dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies
  • May 15 US Department of Justice offers $25,000 reward for Dillinger, dead or alive
  • May 15 Karlis Ulmanis names himself fascist dictator of Latvia
  • May 18 Academy Award 1st called Oscar in print (Sidney Skolsky)
  • May 18 Congress approves "Lindbergh Act" making kidnapping a capital offense
  • May 18 Jimmie Foxx hits 1st HR in Comiskey Park center field bleachers
  • May 18 TWA began commercial service
  • May 19 Military coup by Col Damian Veltsjev in Bulgaria
  • May 19 Sherlock Holmes crossword puzzle in "Sat Review of Lit" Males who solved puzzle became members of Baker Street Irregulars
  • May 21 Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes first US city to fingerprint its citizens
  • May 23 The Auto-Lite Strike culminates in the "Battle of Toledo", a five-day melée between 1,300 troops of the Ohio National Guard and 6,000 picketers.
  • May 24 Colombia & Peru sign accord about harbor city Leticia
  • May 25 Béla Bartòk's "Enchanted Deer" premieres
  • May 26 Century of Progress Exposition reopens in Chicago
  • May 28 Near Callander, Ontario, the Dionne quintuplets are born to Olivia and Elzire Dionne, later becoming the first quintuplets to survive infancy.
  • May 28 The Glyndebourne festival in Sussex, England, is inaugurated.

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Alette Beaujon, Curacaos poet (Gedichten on the Bay & Elsewhere)
  • May 1 Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, Mexican politician
  • May 6 Richard C Shelby, (Rep-D-AL (1979-86)/Sen-D-AL, 1987- )
  • May 7 Willard Scott, weatherman (Today)
  • May 8 Leonard Hoffmann, high court judge
  • May 8 Roger Kendrick, governor (Dartmoor Prison)
  • May 9 John Robertson, deputy chairman (Barclays de Zoete Wedd)
  • May 9 Roy Massey, Master of Choristers (Hereford Cathedral)
  • May 10 Cliff Wilson, snooker player
  • May 10 William Lithgow, Scottish industrialist/multi-millionaire
  • May 11 James M Jeffords, (Rep-R-VT, 1975- )
  • May 12 Elechi Amadi, Nigerian novelist (The Concubine), born in Aluu (d. 2016)
  • May 13 Adolf Muschg, Swiss writer (Gruppe Olten), born in Zollikon
  • May 15 David Robin Francis Guy Greville, 8th Duke of Warwick
  • May 16 Anthony Walker, British army officer (Commandant of the Royal College of Defense Studies)
  • May 16 Nicholas Goodison, CEO (TSB Group)
  • May 19 James Charles Lehrer, Wichita Ks, news anchor (McNeil-Lehrer Report)
  • May 19 Ruskin Bond, Indian author
  • May 21 Phillip King, British sculptor
  • May 21 Bengt I. Samuelsson, Swedish biochemist, Nobel laureate
  • May 23 Malcolm Gill, deputy head (Bank for Intl Settlements)
  • May 23 Robert A Moog, inventor (Moog Synthesizer)
  • May 24 Jane Byrne, (Mayor-D-Chic)
  • May 25 David J Burke, writer, born in Liverpool, England
  • May 25 Ron Nesson, press secretary (Gerald Ford)
  • May 26 Abdulah M "Dulah" Omar, South African attorney/UDF-leader
  • May 27 Harlan [Jay] Ellison, American sci-fi author (7 Hugos, Doomsman, Babylon 5)
  • May 28 Dionne Quintuplets, secluded quintuplets, born Annette, Alive Cecile, Alive Emelie, Dead 1954 Marie, Dead 1970 Yvonne, Alive, First known set of surviving quintuplets, these girls were treated as
  • May 30 Alexei A Leonov, Siberia USSR, cosmonaut (Voskhod II, Soyuz 19)

Deaths in History

  • May 2 Sergey Vasilyevich Lebedev, Russian Chemist (commercial synthetic rubber), dies at 59
  • May 11 Orest Khvolson, Russian physicist (b. 1852)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 23 Bonnie Parker, American outlaw (Bonnie & Clyde), killed in police ambush at 23

American Outlaw Bonnie Parker
American Outlaw
Bonnie Parker

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 23 Clyde Barrow, outlaw (Bonnie & Clyde), killed in police ambush

Bank Robber Clyde Barrow
Bank Robber
Clyde Barrow
  • May 27 Meijer Linnewiel, [Prof Kokadorus], Amsterdam street hawker, dies
  • May 30 Togo Heihachiro, Japanese admiral (b. 1848)