On This Day

What Happened in May 1904

Historical Events

  • May 2 30th Kentucky Derby: Shorty Prior riding Elwood wins in 2:08.50
  • May 4 Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal
  • May 4 Charles Stewart Rolls meets Frederick Henry Royce at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, England. Go on to form Roll-Royce

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 5 Cy Young pitches the first perfect game in "modern" baseball for Boston Americans against Philadelphia Athletics's (3-0)

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • May 6 American Lung Association holds its 1st meeting
  • May 7 Flexible Flyer trademark registered
  • May 9 The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine to exceed 100mph.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace

Industrialist and Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie
Industrialist and Philanthropist
Andrew Carnegie
  • May 17 Maurice Ravel's "Shéhérazade" premieres in Paris
  • May 18 In Morocco, a brigand, Raizuli, kidnaps Ion H. Perdicaris, an American citizen
  • May 21 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) forms in Paris
  • May 21 France recalls its ambassador to the Vatican to protest the Pope's attempt to discipline two French bishops; this is yet another incident driving France and the Catholic Church apart
  • May 25 38th Belmont: George Odom aboard Delhi wins in 2:06.6
  • May 26 In two days of bitter fighting, the Japanese Army soundly defeats the Russians at Kinchan and captures the forts at Nanshan
  • May 27 NL record of 5 stolen bases in a game (Dennis McGann, NY Giants)
  • May 28 29th Preakness: Eugene Hildebrand aboard Bryn Mawr wins in 1:44.2
  • May 30 Frank Chance gets hit by pitch 5 times in a doubleheader
  • May 30 The Japanese Army capture the City of Dairen after landing troops along the south coast of Manchuria

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgarian composer, born in Belogradchik, Bulgaria (d. 1979)
  • May 3 Red Ruffing, NY Yankee pitcher, hitter (1930-46), born in Granville, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • May 3 John Breeden, American actor (Salute, Madame Racketeer, Joy Street), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1977)
  • May 4 Umm Kulthum [Ibrahim], Egyptian singer and actress, born in Tummāy al-Zahāyrah, Egypt (d. 1975)
  • May 5 Gordon Richards, British jockey (winner of 4,870 races), born in Donnington Wood, Telford (d. 1986)
  • May 6 Catherine Lacey, British actress (Sorcerors), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • May 6 Harry Martinson, Swedish novelist and poet (Trade Wind-Nobel 1974), born in Jämshög, Sweden (d. 1978)
  • May 6 Raymond Bailey, American actor (Vertigo, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Incredible Shrinking Man), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1980)
  • May 6 Moshé Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-Israeli engineer and physicist (founder of the Feldenkrais method), born in Slavuta, Russian Empire (d. 1984)
  • May 8 John Snagge, British newsreader and commentator for the BBC (Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race), born in London (d. 1996)
  • May 10 David Brown, CEO (Aston Martin Lagonda)
  • May 11 Guus Weitzel, Dutch radio-announcer

Person of interestSalvador Dali

May 11 Salvador Dali, Spanish surrealist artist (Crucifixion), born in Figueres, Spain (d. 1989)

Painter Salvador Dali
Painter
Salvador Dali
  • May 13 Alfred Earle Birney, poet
  • May 13 Tim Wall, cricketer (18 Tests for Australia 1928-34)
  • May 14 Hans Albert Einstein, American professor (d. 1973)
  • May 14 Marcel Junod, Swiss physician (d. 1961)
  • May 15 Clifton Fadiman, American TV host (Information Please, Quiz Kids), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 15 Gustav-Adolf Boltenstein, Swedish equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1952, 56)
  • May 16 Hugh Plaxton, Canadian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1928)
  • May 17 Jean Gabin, French actor (Moulin Rouge, La Grande Illusion), born in Paris, France (d. 1976)
  • May 18 Jacob K Javits, American politician (Sen-R-NY), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • May 19 Anthony Bushell, British actor (Journey's End, A Night to Remember), born in Kent, England (d. 1997)
  • May 19 Sven Thofelt, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic gold 1928)
  • May 20 Russell Hardie, American actor (Sequoia, In Old Kentucky), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1973)

Person of interestFats Waller

May 21 Fats Waller [Thomas Wright], American jazz singer and composer (Ain't Misbehavin', Hot Chocolate), born in NYC, New York (d. 1943)

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • May 21 Robert Montgomery, American actor and director (Robert Montgomery Presents, Earl of Chicago, Yellow Jack), born in Fishkill Landing, New York (d. 1981)
  • May 22 Anne de Vries, Dutch teacher and writer (Bartje), born in Assen, Netherlands (d. 1964)
  • May 22 Paul Viiding, Estonian poet, born in Valga, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire (d. 1962)
  • May 24 Kenneth Buckley, British rear-admiral (d. 1992)
  • May 24 Patrick Johnson, English physicist (d. 1996)
  • May 25 Kurt Thomas, German composer, born in Tönning, Germany (d. 1973)
  • May 26 George Formby, British singer and comedian, born in Wigan, Lancashire, England (d. 1961)
  • May 26 Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian-French pianist, born in Kaunas, Lithuania (d. 2002)
  • May 27 Chūhei Nambu, Japanese track and field athlete (Olympic gold 1932), born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan (d. 1997)
  • May 28 Shalva Mikhailovich Mshvelidze, Russian composer, born in Tiflis (d. 1984)
  • May 29 Ronald Russell, British journalist, author and Conservative politician, born in Seahouses, Northumberland (d. 1974)
  • May 29 Robert Knox, bacteriologist
  • May 29 Hubert Opperman, Australian road cyclist, politician (multi-distance world records), born in Rochester, Victoria (d. 1996)
  • May 30 Ernesto de la Guardia Jr, President of Panama (1956-60)

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (Slavic Dancing, New World Symphony), dies at 62
  • May 6 Franz von Lenbach, German painter, dies at 67
  • May 7 Peter Hille, German writer, dies at 49
  • May 8 Eadweard Muybridge, English photographer, pioneer in study of motion, dies at 74

Person of interestHenry Morton Stanley

May 10 Henry Morton Stanley, Welsh journalist and African explorer (discovered source of the Nile), dies at 63

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • May 13 Jan Boissevain, ship owner/politician, dies
  • May 14 Richard Hol, Dutch composer, organist and conductor, dies at 78
  • May 16 N I Bobrikov, Russian governor-general in Finland, dies
  • May 19 Auguste Molinier, French historian (b. 1851)
  • May 26 Georges Gilles de la Tourette, French neurologist and namesake of Tourette's syndrome, dies from Syphilis at 46