May 1938 in History

Events in History

  • May 2 Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for his play "Our Town"
  • May 3 Concentration camp at Flossenburg goes into use
  • May 3 Lefty Grove defeats Tigers 4-3 for 1st of record 20 consecutive wins at his home field Fenway Park; he doesn't lose there until May 12 1941
  • May 3 Vatican recognizes Franco-Spain
  • May 4 Douglas Hyde (a protestant) becomes 1st president of Eire
  • May 6 Dutch writer Maurits Dekker sentenced to 50 days for "offending a friendly head of state" (Hitler)
  • May 7 Dutch Minister of Justice Goseling calls fugitives of Nazi-Germany "undesired strangers"
  • May 8 Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks" premieres in Washington, D.C.
  • May 10 Banning speech on anti-fascism demonstration in Amsterdam
  • May 12 Sandoz Labs manufactures LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)
  • May 15 Paul-Henri Spak forms red coalition of Belgium
  • May 16 1st animal breeding society forms (NJ)
  • May 16 38 die in Terminal Hotel fire (Atlanta Ga)
  • May 17 US Congress approves Vinson Naval Act, which funds a two-ocean navy
  • May 25 Spanish Civil War: The bombing of Alicante takes place, with 313 deaths.
  • May 26 US House of Representatives Committee on un-American Activities forms
  • May 28 Foundation for Tel Aviv harbor laid

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 Moshoeshoe II, King of Lesotho (1966-90), born in Morija, Lesotho (d. 1996)
  • May 4 William J Bennett, US Secretary of Education (1985-88)
  • May 4 Carlos Monsiváis, Mexican writer
  • May 5 Jerzy Skolimowski, director (Hands Up, Deep End), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • May 6 Jean Garon, Quebec economist and politician
  • May 6 Larry Gogan, Irish radio personality
  • May 8 Pierre Lucien Claverie, bishop of Oran
  • May 8 Jean Giraud, French comic artist (Alien, Tron), born in Val-de-Marne, French (d. 2012)
  • May 9 Geoffrey Holland, civil servant
  • May 9 Charles Simic Yugoslavian-born poet, 15th Poet Laureate of the United States
  • May 10 Michael Shea, director (Hanson Trust), Queen's press secretary
  • May 12 Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer/dissident
  • May 13 Laurent Beaudoin, French Canadian businessman (Bombardier)
  • May 13 Giuliano Amato, Italian politician
  • May 15 Lenny Welch, Asbury Park NJ, (Breaking up is Hard to Do)

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May 16 Ivan Sutherland, American computer scientist (Sketchpad), born in Hastings, Nebraska

Computer Scientist Ivan Sutherland
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  • May 17 Trinus Riemersma, Dutch-Frisian writer (Conquest of Leeuwarden)
  • May 18 Janet Fish, Boston USA, American realist artist
  • May 19 James H Bilbray, (Rep-D-Nevada)
  • May 19 Moisés da Costa Amaral, East Timorese leader (d. 1989)
  • May 20 Alan Smithers, British professor
  • May 21 Urs Widmer, Swiss writer, born in Basel (d. 2014)
  • May 23 John R Miller, (Rep-R-WA, 1985- )
  • May 23 Peter Preston, editor (Guardian)
  • May 24 David Viscott, American psychiatrist (d. 1996)
  • May 25 Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season)
  • May 26 Pauline Parker, New-Zealandic murderess
  • May 26 Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Russian playwright and novelist
  • May 30 Wilfried de Pree, Dutch politician and theologian (PvdA)/theologist
  • May 31 John Prescott, British Labour MP
  • May 31 Peter Yarrow, American (Peter, Paul & Mary-Puff the Magic Dragon), born in NYC, New York

Deaths in History

  • May 4 Carl von Ossietzky, German pacifist and writer (Nobel Peace Prize 1935), dies at 48
  • May 9 Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist (b. 1866)
  • May 11 Arnold Sauwen, Flemish poet (Hours of Solitude), dies at 81
  • May 13 Charles Edouard Guillaume, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1861)
  • May 16 Stephen Fairbairn, oarsman/coach, dies
  • May 17 Jakob Ehrlich, Austrian politician and zionist (b. 1877)
  • May 23 Philip Kleintjes, republic leader, dies at 70
  • May 26 John Jacob Abel, American Pharmacologist (endocrine glands), dies at 81
  • May 30 Raden Sutomo, Indonesian freedom fighter, dies at 49