What Happened in May 1906

Historical Events

  • May 1 Philadelphia Athletics pitcher John Lush no-hits the Brooklyn Superbas, 6-0
  • May 2 32nd Kentucky Derby: Roscoe Troxler aboard Sir Huon wins in 2:08.8

Historic Event

May 2 Tsar Nicolas II of Russia dismisses his moderate Prime Minister Witte and appoints Ivan Goremykin, a conservative bureaucrat

  • May 3 British-controlled Egypt takes Sinai peninsula from Turkey
  • May 6 "Temporary" permit to erect overhead wires on Market Street, San Francisco allows United Railroads to run electric streetcars
  • May 6 Tsar Nicolas II of Russia claims right to legislate by decree and restricts the power of the Duma (Russian Parliament)
  • May 8 Philadelphia A's pitcher Albert Bender is deployed to left field in 6th inning and responds with 2 HRs in A's 11-4 win over Boston Americans at Huntington Avenue Grounds, Boston
  • May 10 Italian King Victor Emmanuel & Swiss President Ludwig Forrer open Simplon tunnel
  • May 10 Russian Duma (Parliament) meets for 1st time
  • May 13 Bezalel Art School opens in Jerusalem
  • May 14 Flagpole at the White Sox ballpark breaks during pennant-raising
  • May 15 MLB New York Giants pitcher George "Hooks" Wiltse strikes out 4 Reds batters in 1 inning, as catcher dropped a third strike (Palace of the Fans, in Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • May 17 Switzerland's Simplon Tunnel open to rail traffic
  • May 19 Federated Boys' Club (Boys' Club of America) organizes
  • May 19 Portugal's King Carlos I names Joao Franco premier
  • May 21 Louis H. Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars
  • May 21 The US and Mexico sign an agreement over distribution of the waters of the Rio Grande, increasingly diverted to the US for irrigation
  • May 22 31st Preakness: Walter Miller aboard Whimsical wins in 1:45
  • May 22 A British garrison leaves Esquimalt, on the Pacific coast, after a military occupation that began in 1858: the last British soldiers stationed in Canada
  • May 22 Wright Brothers are granted a patent for their "flying machine," having applied for one 3 years earlier (patent no. 821,393)
  • May 25 After 20 straight wins, Boston Pilgrims lose to Chicago White Sox 3-0
  • May 26 Archaeological Institute of America forms
  • May 26 Vauxhall Bridge is opened in London, England
  • May 27 1st outlining of Gustav Mahler's 6th symphony, in Essen, Germany
  • May 28 Shields and Cobbs' musical "His Honor, The Mayor" premieres in NYC
  • May 30 40th Belmont: Lucien Lyne aboard Burgomaster wins in 2:20

Historic Event

May 30 Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened

Assassination Attempt

May 31 Assassination attempt on King Alfonso XIII & Victoria of Battenberg in Madrid during the procession after their marriage in Madrid by a Catalan anarchist kills 30


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Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Horst Schumann, Nazi physician, born in Halle an der Saale, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1983)
  • May 2 Aileen Riggin, American diver (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1920, 24), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2002)
  • May 2 Maurice Thiriet, French composer, born in Meulan, Yvelines, France (d. 1972)
  • May 2 Philippe Halsman, American portrait photographer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1979)

Mary Astor

May 3 Mary Astor, American Academy Award-winning actress (The Great Lie; Meet Me In St Louis; The Maltese Falcon), born in Quincy, Illinois (d. 1987)

  • May 4 Esmond Knight, British actor (Hamlet, Sleeping Murder), born in East Sheen, England (d. 1987)
  • May 5 Frances "Fran" Lee, American actress (Reckless Rosie), born in Eagle Grove, Iowa (d. 2000)
  • May 5 Ursula Jeans, British actress (Cavalcade, Over the Moon, I Lived With You), born in Simla, British India (d. 1973)
  • May 6 André Weil, French mathematician (foundational work in number theory and algebraic geometry), born in Paris (d. 1998)
  • May 6 Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (La Llamarada), born in Moca, Puerto Rico (d. 2005)
  • May 8 David Van Vactor, American classical composer (Chaconne), born in Plymouth, Indiana (1994)

Roberto Rossellini

May 8 Roberto Rossellini, Italian film director (General della Rovere, Open City), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1977)

  • May 9 Eleanor Estes, author (Ginger Pye, Moffats)
  • May 11 Jacqueline Cochran, US pilot and 1st woman to break the sound barrier, born in Muscogee, Florida (d. 1980)
  • May 12 Maurice Ewing, US pioneering geologist and geophysicist, born in Lockney, Texas (d. 1974)
  • May 13 Thomas Mitchell, British architect and engineer, (d. 1996)
  • May 14 Hastings Kamuzu Banda, president of Malawi (1964-94)
  • May 14 James Flavin, American actor (King Kong, In Cold Blood, Man With a Camera), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1976)
  • May 16 Alfred Pellan, French Canadian painter (d. 1988)
  • May 16 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuela, writer/minister (Lanzas Coloradas)
  • May 16 Ernie McCormick, cricketer (Australian quickie of late 30's)
  • May 16 Margret Rey, author and illustrator (d. 1996)
  • May 16 Nicholas Beriozoff, ballet master
  • May 17 Eric Mensforth, British pioneer in the development of the helicopter in Britain, born in Stretford, Manchester (d. 2000)
  • May 17 Horace McMahon, American actor (Detective Story, Martin Kane Private Eye), born in South Norwalk, Connecticut (dd. 1971)
  • May 17 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera, 1927; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1937-66), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • May 19 Bruce Bennett, American athlete and actor (Before I Hang, Sahara), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2007)
  • May 20 Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1989)
  • May 21 Dorothy Tree [Triebitz], American actress (Abe Lincoln in Illinois; Confessions Of A Nazi Spy; The Asphalt Jungle), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • May 21 Keith Rigg, Australian cricketer (Test batsman in the thirties)
  • May 23 Hellmuth Christian Wolff, German composer, teacher, musicologist and painter, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1988)
  • May 24 John Mayo, director-general (Help the Aged)
  • May 26 Mauri Rose, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500, 1941, 1947-48), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • May 27 Robert Shone, British economist and director-general (NEDC), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire (d. 1992)
  • May 28 Phil Regan, American actor and singer ("My Wild Irish Rose"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)

T. H. White

May 29 T. H. White, English novelist (England Have My Bones) and author of the King Arthur novels,, born in Bombay, British India (d. 1964)

  • May 30 Bruno Gröning, German faith healer (d. 1959)
  • May 31 Hans Schaeuble, Swiss composer, born in Arosa, Switzerland (d. 1988)

Famous Weddings

Nancy Astor

May 3 Waldof Astor marries fellow American Nancy Langhorne Shaw at All Souls Church in London, England


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Famous Deaths

  • May 12 Gabriel C. Wharton, American civil engineer and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 81
  • May 14 Carl Schurz, German revolutionary and statesman (b. 1829)

Henrik Ibsen

May 23 Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright (A Doll's House, Peer Gynt), dies at 78

  • May 30 William Hurlstone, English composer, dies of bronchial asthma at 30
  • May 31 Hermann Schell, German theologist (Gott und Geist), dies at 56