What Happened in May 1910

Historical Events

  • May 3 Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States is renamed the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • May 4 Canadian Currency Act, 1910, receives Royal Assent

Historic Event

May 4 Wilfrid Laurier passes the Naval Service Act, which creates the Royal Canadian Navy

Nine Kings in One Room

May 6 George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII

  • May 7 35th Preakness: R Estep aboard Layminster wins in 1:40.6
  • May 10 1st aircraft air display held (Hendon, England)
  • May 10 36th Kentucky Derby: Fred Herbert aboard Donau wins in 2:06.4
  • May 10 Halley's Comet closest approach to Earth in 1910 pass
  • May 10 The British House of Commons pass three major resolutions on political reform
  • May 11 Montana's Glacier National Park forms
  • May 12 Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Charles "Chief" Bender no-hits Cleveland Naps, 4-0

Conference of Interest

May 12 Second NAACP conference in NYC

  • May 14 Canada authorizes issuing of silver dollar coins
  • May 15 The last time a major earthquake happened on the Elsinore Fault Zone
  • May 16 US Bureau of Mines forms
  • May 17 Canada sets the designs for the 1-50 cent coins
  • May 19 Passage of Earth through tail of Halley's Comet causes near-panic

Historic Event

May 20 Funeral for Britain's King Edward VII held in Westminster Abbey, has one of the largest assemblages of European royalty

Historic Event

May 21 Louis Botha becomes the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa

  • May 27 Reform of Prussian three-class voting system fails
  • May 29 Pope Pius X's encyclical on Editae Saepe, against church reformers
  • May 30 44th Belmont: James Butwell aboard Sweep wins in 2:22
  • May 31 Cape of Good Hope becomes part of Union of South Africa
  • May 31 Glenn Curtiss flies from Albany to NYC
  • May 31 Union of South Africa declares its independence from the United Kingdom

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Cliff Battles, Pro/College Football Hall of Fame halfback (First-team All-Pro 1933, 34, 36; Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • May 2 Alexander Bonnyman Jr., U.S. Marine Corps officer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1943)
  • May 2 Laurie Nash, Australian cricket fast-bowler (2 Tests, 10 wickets) and VFL player & coach (South Melbourne), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1986)
  • May 3 Alceo Galliera, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 1996)
  • May 3 Norman Corwin, American screenwriter for radio drama, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • May 4 Mady Alfredo [Maria De Brieder], Flemish actress (Alicia), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • May 5 William I Martin, US pilot/vice-admiral (WWII)
  • May 6 Antoon Breyne, Belgian journalist, born in Ypres, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • May 8 Mary Lou Williams, American jazz pianist and composer (Zodiac Suite), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1981)
  • May 9 Barbara Woodhouse, dog training expert
  • May 10 Margot Turner, matron-in-chief (Army Nursing Service)
  • May 11 Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, Portuguese composer (d. 1974)
  • May 12 Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (d. 1996)
  • May 12 Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, British biochemist who developed protein crystallography to study molecular structure, including that of vitamin B12 (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1964), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1994) [1]
  • May 12 Gordon Jenkins, American arranger and orchestra leader (Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra), born in Webster Groves, Missouri (d. 1984)
  • May 15 Constance Cummings, American-British Tony Award-winning stage (Wings; Long Day's Journey Into Night), and screen (Blithe Spirit; Glamour) actress, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2005)
  • May 16 Olga Berggolts, Russian poet (d. 1975)
  • May 18 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian, and museum director (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 1959-75) born Ede, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • May 19 Alan Melville, cricketer (graceful South African batsman 1938-49)
  • May 22 Johnny Olson, American radio personality and television announcer (The Price is Right), born in Windom, Minnesota (d. 1985)
  • May 23 (Benjamin) "Scatman" Crothers, American singer, musician ("Television Blues"), and actor (Chico and the Man; The Shining), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1986)
  • May 23 Artie Shaw [Arthur Arshawsky], American gig 0bandleader, jazz clarinetist and actor ("Begin the Beguine"), and actor, born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • May 23 Franz Jozef Kline, US expressionist painter
  • May 23 Hugh Casson CH, architect
  • May 23 Margaret Wise Brown, American author (d. 1952)

Jimmy Demaret

May 24 Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (US Masters 1940, 47, 50), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1983)

  • May 24 Marģeris Zariņš, Latvian composer and writer, born in Jaunpiebalga, Russian Empire (d. 1993)
  • May 24 Nils-Eric Fougstedt, Finnish composer (Angoscia, Trittico sinfonico), born in Raisio, Finland (d. 1961)
  • May 26 Adolfo López Mateos, 48th President of Mexico, born in Atizapán de Zaragoza, State of Mexico, Mexico (d. 1969)
  • May 26 Laurance Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • May 27 (Earl) "Jock" Caruthers American jazz saxophonist (Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, 1932-47), born in Monroe, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • May 27 Daniel Greenway, CEO (Daniel Greenway & Sons)

T-Bone Walker

May 28 (Aaron Thibeaux) "T-Bone" Walker, American blues guitarist ("Funky Town"; "Well Done"), born in Linden, Texas (d. 1975)

  • May 28 Arthur Trappier, American jazz drummer (Blanche Calloway: Fats Waller), born in Georgetown, South Carolina (d. 1975)
  • May 28 Rachel Kempson, British actress (Captive Heart), born in Dartmouth, Devon, England (d. 2003)
  • May 28 Stuart Piggott, British archaeologist best known for his work on prehistoric Wessex, born in Petersfield, Hampshire (d. 1996)
  • May 29 Ralph Metcalfe, American athlete, politician (Rep-D-Ill; joint world record 100m, Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1936), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1978)
  • May 30 Inge Meysel, German actress (None, Ida Rogalski), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2004)
  • May 31 Francis Avery Jones, British gastro-enterologist

Famous Weddings

Samuel Goldwyn

May 8 Film producer Samuel Goldwyn (27) weds first wife Blanche Lasky

George S. Patton

May 26 US General George S. Patton (24) weds Frederick Ayer's daughter Beatrice Ayer at Beverly Farms Episcopal Church near Boston, Massachusetts


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Famous Deaths

  • May 3 Howard T Ricketts, American pathologist (studied typhus fever), dies of typhus at 39

Edward VII

May 6 Edward VII, King of England (1901-10), dies at 68

  • May 10 Stanislao Cannizzaro, Italian chemist, dies at 85
  • May 10 William Huggins, discoverer of stellar nature of Andromeda, dies
  • May 16 Henri E Cross [Delacroix], French painter, dies at 53
  • May 18 Eliza Orzeszkowa, Polish novelist (Dziurdziowie), dies at 68
  • May 18 Florimond Van Duyse, Belgian composer, dies at 66
  • May 18 Pauline Viardot, French pianist, mezzo-soprano, and composer (Cendrillon), dies at 88
  • May 20 Jean-Baptiste Theodore Weckerlin, French composer, dies at 88
  • May 22 Jules Renard, French writer (Le plaisir the rompre), dies at 46

Robert Koch

May 27 Robert Koch, German pioneering bacteriologist (TB, Cholera, Nobel Prize 1905), dies at 66

  • May 29 Mily Balakirev, Russian pianist and composer (Islamej; Tamara), dies at 73

Elizabeth Blackwell

May 31 Elizabeth Blackwell, English-American physician who was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, dies at 89


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