What Happened in May 1922

Historical Events

  • May 1 Charlie Robertson of Chicago pitches a perfect no-hit, no-run game
  • May 2 WBAP-AM begins broadcasting from Fort Worth, Texas
  • May 3 Mayor Hylan closes streets for building of Yankee Stadium
  • May 3 Salt layer find at Winterswijk
  • May 4 KNX-AM in Los Angeles CA begins radio transmissions
  • May 5 Construction begins on Yankee Stadium (Bronx)
  • May 7 Belgian soccer team defeats Netherlands: 1-2
  • May 7 NY Giant Jesse Barnes no-hits Phillies, 2-0

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May 9 The International Astronomical Union formally adopt Annie Jump Cannon's stellar classification system, which with only minor changes, is still used today

Astronomer Annie Jump Cannon
Astronomer
Annie Jump Cannon
  • May 10 Dr Ivy Williams is 1st woman to be called to the English Bar
  • May 10 WHB-AM in Kansas City MO begins radio transmissions
  • May 10 The United States annexes the Kingman Reef in n the North Pacific Ocean
  • May 13 48th Kentucky Derby: Albert Johnson aboard Morvich wins in 2:04.6
  • May 13 47th Preakness: L Morris aboard Pillory wins in 1:51.6
  • May 15 Germany turns over the Upper Silesia region to Poland under Allied pressure and despite a plebiscite in favor of merging with Germany
  • May 16 White Star Liner Majestic completes 5½ day maiden voyage

  • May 18 Dutch 2nd Chamber agrees to 48 hour work week (was 45 hrs)
  • May 20 "Egypt" sinks off Ushant after colliding with "Seine" killing 90

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May 20 Babe Ruth & Bob Meusel, suspended on October 16, 1921, by Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis, return to the NY lineup & go hitless

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • May 21 "On the Road to Moscow" is 1st cartoon to receive a Pulitzer Prize
  • May 21 Col Ruppert buys out Col Huston interest in NY Yankees for $1,500,000
  • May 21 Pulitzer prize awarded to Eugene O'Neill for his play "Anna Christie"
  • May 21 Ruppert buys out Huston interest in Yankees for $15 million
  • May 23 "Abie's Irish Rose" 1st of over 2,500 performances
  • May 23 Harry Greb gives Gene Tunney his only professional boxing defeat

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May 23 Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • May 24 Record temperature in Netherlands for May (35.6°C)
  • May 24 Russian-Italian trade agreement signed
  • May 25 Babe Ruth suspended 1 day and fined $200 for throwing dirt on an umpire

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May 26 Vladimir Lenin suffers a stroke

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • May 29 Ecuador becomes independent
  • May 29 US Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport and not a business and thus not subject to antitrust laws
  • May 30 Latvia & Vatican sign accord
  • May 30 Completed Lincoln Memorial dedicated by US Chief Justice William H. Taft in front of 50,000
  • May 30 Cubs swap Max Flack for Cards Cliff Heathcote during middle of doubleheader. Both play for both teams that day
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Jimmy Murphy wins in 5:17:30.845 (152.057 km/h)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 A. M. Rosenthal, American journalist and newspaper editor (NY Times), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada (d. 2006)
  • May 3 Marina Svetlova, American ballerina and choreographer (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo), born in Paris (d. 2009)
  • May 3 Len Shackleton, English former footballer, born in Bradford, England (d. 2000)
  • May 4 John Paul Hammerschmidt, American politician (Rep-R-AR, 1967-93 ), born in Harrison, Arkansas (d. 2015)
  • May 5 Jay D Miller, record producer
  • May 5 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • May 6 Alan Ross, editor (London Magazine)
  • May 6 Carlos J Moorhead, (Rep-R-CA, 1973- )
  • May 6 John Ernest, constructionist artist
  • May 6 Pat Harder, NFL fullback (Cardinals, Lions), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • May 6 Camille Laurin, Quebec psychiatrist and politician (d. 1999)
  • May 6 Vladimir Etush, Soviet actor and People's Artist of the USSR, born in Moscow, RSFSR
  • May 7 Darren McGavin [Richardson], American actor (Murphy Brown, The Night Stalker, A Christmas Story), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 2006)
  • May 7 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), born in Kirkman, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • May 7 Joe O'Donnell, American documentary photographer and photojournalist, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • May 8 Brian Kellett, CEO (Port of London Authority)
  • May 9 Sheila Burrell, British actress (Black Orchid, Paranoiac, Laughter in Dark), born in Blackheath, London (d. 2011)
  • May 10 Nancy Walker, American actress (Rhoda, McMillan & Wife), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • May 10 David Orr, deputy chairman (Inchcape)/CEO (British Council, Unilever)
  • May 11 Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (d. 1992)
  • May 11 Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
  • May 12 Barend Busnac, office clerk/resistance fighter
  • May 12 Marco Denevi, Argentine writer (d. 1998)
  • May 13 Michael Ainsworth, British cricketer (d. 1978)
  • May 13 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (Maude, The Golden Girls), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • May 14 Agha Hasan Abedi, banker
  • May 14 Richard Deacon, American actor (Dick Van Dyke Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)
  • May 14 Franjo Tuđman, Croatian politician (d. 1999)
  • May 15 Enrico Berlinguer, Italian communist/Secretary-General (CPI) [or May 25]
  • May 15 Jakucho Setouchi, Japanese writer and Buddhist nun
  • May 16 Colin Cole, Principal King of Arms
  • May 16 Russell Wood, treasurer (Queen Elizabeth)
  • May 18 GMcC Kitson, British principal (Central School of Speech/Drama)
  • May 18 Gerda Boyesen, Norwegian-born body psychotherapist (d. 2005)
  • May 18 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist (Georgia On My Mind), born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1983)
  • May 19 David McLean [Eugene Joseph Huth], American actor known for appearing in Marlboro advertisements (Days of Our Lives, Tate), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • May 20 Clifford Butler, vice chancellor (Loughborough Univ of Technology)
  • May 22 Judith Crist, American film critic (TV Guide, Today), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2012)
  • May 22 Quinn Martin, American television producer (d. 1987)
  • May 24 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), born in Tokyo (d. 2012)

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May 27 Sir Christopher Lee, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), born in London, England (d. 2015)

  • May 27 Sidney AK Keyes, English poet (Iron Laurel)
  • May 28 John Alderson, chief constable (Devon & Cornwall UK)
  • May 28 Lou Duva, American boxing trainer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • May 28 Barney Rosset, publisher and free speech advocate (publisher of Tropic for Cancer), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • May 29 Joe Weatherly, American auto racer (NASCAR Sprint Cup champion 1962-63), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1964)
  • May 29 Iannis Xenakis, Romanian-born, Greek-French composer, music theorist, and architect who helped revolutionize 20th century classical music (Metastaseis), born in Brăila, Romania (d. 2001)
  • May 29 John Heerbecq, Church commissioner
  • May 30 Hal Clement [Harry Clement Stubbs], US sci-fi author (Needle, Iceworld), born in Somerville, Massachusetts
  • May 31 Denholm Elliott, actor (Alfie, Raiders of the Lost Ark), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • May 31 Elisabeth, arch duchess of Austria/princess of Liechtenstein

Famous Weddings

  • May 2 Dancer Isadora Duncan (44) weds Sergei Esenin (26)

HeartWedding of Interest

May 13 "Latin Lover" silent actor Rudolph Valentino (27) weds film costume and set designer Natacha Rambova (25) in Mexicali, Mexico

Silent Film Star Rudolph Valentino
Silent Film Star
Rudolph Valentino

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Viktor Kingissepp, Estonian Bolshevik politician (b. 1888)
  • May 7 Max Wagenknecht, German composer (b. 1857)
  • May 18 Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, French physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1845)
  • May 19 Heinrich I Quincke, German internist (postural drainage), dies at 79
  • May 21 Sidney Ainsworth, British silent film actor (Not in the News, The Rajah's Tunic), dies at 49
  • May 28 Carl Teike, German military composer, dies at 58
  • May 29 Yevgeny Vakhtangov, Armenian-Russian theatrical director of the Moscow Art Theatre (Vakhtangov Theatre), dies of cancer at 39
  • May 30 David Mendes Chumaceiro, Curacaos poet (Adelfas), dies at 45