On This Day

What Happened in May 1903

Historical Events


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May 1 King Edward VII of Great Britain visits Paris, where he is feted in a first step toward improving Anglo-French relations, culminating in the sighing of the Entente Cordiale on 8 April, 1904

King of England Edward VII
King of England
Edward VII
  • May 2 29th Kentucky Derby: Hal Booker riding Judge Himes wins in 2:09
  • May 3 AVC Heracles (SC Heracles '74) soccer team forms in Almelo
  • May 6 Chicago White Sox commit 12 errors against Detroit Tigers

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May 14 President Theodore Roosevelt visits San Francisco

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • May 16 1st transcontinental motorcycle trip began in San Francisco by George A. Wyman (arrives in New York July 6)
  • May 17 Cleveland Indians beat NY Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
  • May 20 Britain's House of Commons begins a debate on the charges of poor administration and ill treatment of natives in Belgium's colony in the Congo Free State
  • May 22 Launch of the White Star Liner SS Ionic.
  • May 23 1st automobile trip across US leaves San Francisco for New York, (arrives July 26)
  • May 23 1st direct primary election law in US adopted, by Wisconsin
  • May 27 37th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Africander wins in 2:21.75

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May 27 Queen Wilhelmina opens Berlages Merchants bureau in Amsterdam

Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
Queen of the Netherlands
Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
  • May 29 May coup d'etat: Alexander Obrenovich, King of Serbia, and Queen Draga, are assassinated in Belgrade by the Black Hand (Crna Ruka) organization
  • May 30 28th Preakness: W Gannon aboard Flocarline wins in 1:44.8

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestBenjamin Spock

May 2 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician (Common Sense Book of Baby Care), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1998)

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • May 2 Øivin Fjeldstad, Norwegian conductor and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1983)

Person of interestBing Crosby

May 3 Bing Crosby [Harry Lillis Crosby], American actor and singer (White Christmas, Going My Way), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1977)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • May 4 Luther Adler, American actor (D.O.A., The Desert Fox), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • May 4 Elmer Layden, College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Notre Dame legendary 4-horsemen, 1st NFL Commissioner), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1973)
  • May 5 James Beard, American culinary expert and author (Delights & Prejudices), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1985)
  • May 7 Basil Nield, British judge and politician (Conservative Party) (d. 1996)
  • May 8 Fernandel [Fernand Contandin], French actor (The Little World of Don Camillo), born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 1971)
  • May 9 Walter Dehmel, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1960)
  • May 10 Kay Petre, early racing driver
  • May 10 Otto Bradfisch, Nazi leader (d. 1994)
  • May 11 Charlie Gehringer, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman (Detroit Tigers, 6-time MLB All Star), born in Fowlerville, Michigan (d. 1993)
  • May 12 Lennox R. F. Berkeley, British composer and pedagogue (Castaway), born in Boars Hill, England (d. 1989)
  • May 12 Wilfrid Hyde-White, British actor (My Fair Lady, Peyton Place), born in Gloucestershire, England (d. 1991)
  • May 13 Alfred Pugsley, civil engineer
  • May 13 Paul Page, American actor (Girl From Havana, Moth), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1974)
  • May 13 Jim Sims, English cricket spin bowler (4 Tests, 11 wickets; Middlesex), born in Leyton, England (d. 1973)
  • May 14 Billie Dove [Lilian Bohny], American actress (Black Pirate, Stolen Bride), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • May 15 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (d. 1998)
  • May 17 Douglas Packard, British Lieutenant General (d. 2000)

Person of interestCool Papa Bell

May 17 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1991)

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • May 18 George E Stone, Polish actor (Viva Villa, Last Mile, 5 Star Final, Front Page), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1967)
  • May 20 Jerzy Fitelberg, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Russian Empire (d. 1951)
  • May 21 Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian attorney/minister/premier (1953..7)
  • May 21 Manly Wade Wellman, Angola, sci-fi author (After Dark, Devil's Planet)
  • May 21 Pedro Aramburu, president Argentina
  • May 22 Yves Rocard, French physicist (helped develop the atomic bomb for France), born in Vannes, France (d. 1992)
  • May 23 Walter Reisch, American screenwriter (Ninotchka, Gaslight, Titanic)
  • May 24 Hilding Hallnäs, Swedish composer (Kärlekens ringdans), born in Halmstad, Sweden (d. 1984)
  • May 26 Estes Kefauver, American politician (Sen-D-Tn), born in Madisonville, Tennessee (d. 1963)
  • May 27 Walt Kiesling, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (NFL 1920s All-Decade Team; First-team All-Pro 1929, 30, 32; Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears) and coach (Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1962)
  • May 28 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Golden Sail), born in Ostend, Belgium (d. 1986)

Person of interestBob Hope

May 29 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes Hope], English-born American actor, comedian and entertainer, born in London (d. 2003)

Entertainer and TV Personality Bob Hope
Entertainer and TV Personality
Bob Hope
  • May 30 Countee Cullen, African American poet of the Harlem Renaissance (Black Christ & Other Poems), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • May 30 Ray Howard-Jones, artist

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Arthur Haygarth, English cricket batsman (Middlesex & Surrey, cricket historian), dies at 77
  • May 1 Luigi Arditi, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 80
  • May 4 Goce Delchev, a revolutionary from the Balkans - leader of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (b. 1872)

Person of interestPaul Gauguin

May 8 Paul Gauguin [Eugene Henri], French painter who worked in French Polynesia, dies at 54

Painter and Sculptor Paul Gauguin
Painter and Sculptor
Paul Gauguin
  • May 13 Apolinario Mabini, Filipino political theoretician and 1st Prime Minister of the Philippines, dies at 38
  • May 16 Eduard Rappoldi, composer, dies at 72
  • May 19 Arthur Shrewsbury, English cricketer (1277 runs at 35 47 in 23 Tests), dies at 47
  • May 29 Bruce Price, American architect, dies at 57