What Happened in May 1910

Historical Events

  • May 4 Canadian Currency Act, 1910, receives Royal Assent

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier
Prime Minister of Canada
Wilfrid Laurier

Meeting of InterestNine Kings in One Room

May 6 George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII
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  • 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 2nd NAACP conference (NYC)
  • May 12 Philadelphia Athletic's "Chief Bender" no-hits Cleveland Indians, 4-0
  • 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
  • May 20 Funeral for Britain's King Edward VII held in Westminster Abbey, has one of the largest assemblages of European royalty
  • May 27 Reform of Prussian three-class voting system fails
  • May 29 Pope'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 Halls of Fame halfback (Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • May 2 Laurie Nash, Australian cricketer (Tasmanian fast-bowler, 2 Tests for Australia), born in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia (d. 1986)
  • May 2 Alexander Bonnyman Jr., U.S. Marine Corps officer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1943)
  • 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
  • May 8 Mary Lou Williams, US jazz pianist/composer (Zodiac Suite)
  • May 9 Barbara Woodhouse, dog training expert
  • May 9 P E Palia, cricketer (appeared in India's 1st Test-Lord's 1932)
  • May 10 Jimmy Demaret, winner of 44 golf tournaments, but not the Open
  • May 10 Margot Turner, matron-in-chief (Army Nursing Service)
  • May 11 Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, Portuguese composer (d. 1974)
  • May 12 Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin, British biochemist (penicillin/B12/Nobel 1964), born in Cairo (d. 1994)
  • May 12 Gordon Jenkins, Webster Grove Mo, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
  • May 12 Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (d. 1996)
  • May 15 Constance Cummings, American soprano and actress (John & Julie, 7 Sinners, Glamour), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2005)
  • May 16 Olga Berggolts, Russian poet (d. 1975)
  • May 18 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian
  • 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 Artie Shaw [Arthur Arshawsky], American bandleader, jazz clarinetist and actor (Begin the Beguine), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • May 23 Franz Jozef Kline, US expressionist painter
  • May 23 Hugh Casson CH, architect
  • May 23 Scatman Crothers [Benjamin], American actor, singer, dancer and musician (Chico and the Man, The Shining), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1986)
  • May 23 Margaret Wise Brown, American author (d. 1952)
  • 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 25 Ernest Anderson, publicist
  • May 26 Adolfo Lopez Mateos, president of Mexico
  • May 26 Laurance S Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank), born in NYC, New York
  • May 27 Daniel Greenway, CEO (Daniel Greenway & Sons)
  • May 28 Rachel Kempson, British actress (Captive Heart), born in Dartmouth, Devon, England (d. 2003)
  • May 28 Stuart Piggott, archaeologist

Person of interestT-Bone Walker

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

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • May 29 Agnes Beatrice Read, medical social worker
  • May 30 Ralph Metcalfe, American athlete (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


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Hollywood Mogul Samuel Goldwyn
Hollywood Mogul
Samuel Goldwyn

HeartWedding of Interest

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

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton

Famous Deaths

  • May 3 Howard T Ricketts, American pathologist (studied typhus fever), dies of typhus at 39
  • 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 Flor van Duyse, composer, dies at 66
  • May 18 Eliza Orzeszkowa, Polish novelist (Dziurdziowie), dies at 68
  • May 18 Pauline Viardot, French mezzo-soprano and composer, 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

Person of interestRobert Koch

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

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

Person of interestElizabeth 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