What Happened in May 1909

Historical Events

  • May 1 Netherlands begins unity with Belgium

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May 2 Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • May 3 35th Kentucky Derby: Vincent Powers on Wintergreen wins in 2:08.2
  • May 6 Indian nationalist Sri Aurobindo acquitted in the Alipore Bomb Case in Calcutta, India
  • May 7 Construction begins on first 100 houses in Ahuzat Bayit (Tel Aviv)
  • May 8 Albert Raines runs world record marathon (2:46:04.6)
  • May 8 Frederick Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31)
  • May 10 Winchester's Fred Toney no-hits Lexington for 17 inning
  • May 12 34th Preakness: Willie Doyle aboard Effendi wins in 1:39.8
  • May 13 Christian National Labor Workers (CNV) party begins in Netherlands
  • May 13 First Giro d'Italia takes place in Milan - Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna is the winner
  • May 17 White firemen on Georgia lroad strike to protest against hiring blacks
  • May 19 Jack Johnson fights Jack O'Brien to no decision in 6 for boxing title
  • May 22 1st San Francisco fireboat, David Scannell, launched
  • May 24 Bristol University granted Royal Charter
  • May 29 Frank "Home Run" Baker's 1st career home run
  • May 30 Reuben Siegel laid cornerstone of 1st home in Tel-Aviv
  • May 31 National Conference on the Negro holds its first meeting in United Charities Building, New York (earlier form of the NAACP)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Ethel Jane Cain, British telephonist and original UK Speaking Clock voice, born in England (d. 1996)
  • May 1 George Melachrino, composer
  • May 1 Yiannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, born in Monemvasia (d. 1990)
  • May 4 Howard Da Silva [Silverblatt], American actor (1776, The Lost Weekend, The Blue Dahlia), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1986)
  • May 4 Jeroom Verten [Jozef F Vermetten], Flemish playwright
  • May 5 Miklos Radnoti, writer
  • May 6 Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcastor (d. 2004)

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May 7 Edwin Land, American inventor of instant photography and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1991)

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land
  • May 9 Don Messer, Canadian country musician (d. 1973)
  • May 10 Harold Collison, British trade unionist (agriculture workers), born in London (d. 1995)

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May 10 Maybelle Carter, American country singer (Johnny Cash Show), born in Nickelsville, Virginia (d. 1978)

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter
  • May 11 Herbert Murrill, composer
  • May 11 René Bousquet, French Vichy-police chief (deported Jews), born in Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne (d. 1993)
  • May 14 Vladimir Alatortsev, USSR, International Chess Master (1950)
  • May 15 James Mason, British actor (Lolita, North by Northwest, Bloodline, Boys From Brazil), born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire (d. 1984)
  • May 15 Rodolfo Cornejo, composer
  • May 16 Charles Wislon, principal (Glasgow University)
  • May 16 Margaret Sullavan, American actress (Three Comrades, The Shop Around the Corner), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1960)
  • May 17 Edward Playfair, British senior civil servant
  • May 17 Magda Schneider, German actress (Eva, Going Gay, Be Mine Tonight), born in Bavaria, German (d. 1996)
  • May 18 Fred Perry, English tennis star/commentator (Wimbledon, 1934-36)
  • May 19 Schlomo Joffe, composer
  • May 19 Nicholas Winton, English Humanitarian ('British Schindler' - saved 600 children from Nazis), born in London (d. 2015)
  • May 20 Edward Moss Hutchinson, educationalist
  • May 20 John Arkell, director of administration (BBC)
  • May 21 Guy de Rothschild, French banker
  • May 21 François-Albert Angers, Quebec economist (d. 2003)
  • May 23 Edwin Arrowsmith, diplomat
  • May 24 Guillermo Diaz-Plaja, Spanish literary/poet (Lorca)
  • May 24 Louis Fornberg, writer
  • May 24 Wilbur Mills, (Rep-D-Ark)/involved with Fanne Foxe
  • May 25 Alfred Kubel, German politician (d. 1999)
  • May 25 Marie Menken, American experimental filmmaker and socialite (d. 1970)
  • May 26 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer coach (Manchester United)
  • May 26 Richard Maibaum, American screenwriter (Goldfinger), born in NYC, New York
  • May 27 Isador Goodman, composer
  • May 28 John Schepens, [Jean Baudoux], Flemish journalist/writer (Polyfoto)
  • May 28 Red Horner, Canadian hockey player (d. 2005)
  • May 29 Neil R[onald] Jones, American sci-fi author (Space War, Twin Worlds)
  • May 30 Benny Goodman, clarinetist and bandleader (King of Swing), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • May 30 George Headley, cricketer, Panama (all-time great WI batsman)
  • May 31 Jan Lewando, British director (Marks & Spencer)
  • May 31 Thor Thorvaldsen, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1948, 52)

Famous Deaths

  • May 5 Pauline Staegeman, German feminist, dies
  • May 8 Friedrich von Holstein, German diplomat, dies
  • May 10 Johannes de Koo, journalist/playwright, dies
  • May 18 George Meredith, English poet/writer (Diana of Crossways), dies at 81
  • May 18 Isaac Albéniz, Spanish pianist and composer (Suite española, Tango in D), dies from nephritis at 48
  • May 20 Ernest Hogan, blackface comedian and musician (b. 1859)