What Happened in May 1924

Historical Events

  • May 1 Admiral Paul Koundouriotis becomes President of Greece

Historic Event

May 1 German automobile manufacturers Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie begin their first joint venture (later merge into Mercedes-Benz)

  • May 2 Netherlands refuses to recognize USSR
  • May 3 Aleph Zadik Aleph is formed in Omaha, Nebraska by Sam Beber
  • May 4 German Republic election: fascists & communists win
  • May 4 VIII Summer Olympic Games open at Olympic Stadium of Colombes, Paris, France
  • May 5 Unions terminate Twentse textile strike
  • May 7 Peruvian Torre forms APRA, Alianza Popular Revolutionaria Americana

Music History

May 8 Arthur Honegger's orchestral tribute to steam locomotives "Pacifica 231" premieres

  • May 8 Memel territories given to Lithuania
  • May 8 Workers at Werkspoor in Amsterdam strike against 3rd wage cut

Appointment of Interest

May 10 J. Edgar Hoover appointed head of FBI

  • May 11 Cartel des Gauches wins French parliamentary election

Historic Event

May 11 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Robert Frost (New Hampshire)

  • May 12 49th Preakness: John Merimee aboard Nellie Morse wins in 1:57.2
  • May 16 108°F (42°C) in Blitzen, Oregon
  • May 17 50th Kentucky Derby: John Mooney aboard Black Gold wins in 2:05.2
  • May 21 Nathan Leopold & Richard Loeb kidnap and kill Bobby Franks to demonstrate their supposed intellectual superiority by committing a "perfect crime"

Historic Event

May 26 US President Calvin Coolidge signs Immigration law restricting immigration

  • May 29 AEK Athens FC is established on the anniversary of the siege of Constantinople by the Turks
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Lora Lawrence Corum starts the race and is relieved midway by Joe Boyer who drives to victory; both drivers credited as "co-winners"
  • May 30 Socialist Matteotti falls in Italian parliament by fascists
  • May 31 China recognizes the USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Art Fleming [Fazzin], American actor, and TV game show host (Jeopardy, 1964-75, 1978-79), born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • May 1 Big Maybelle [Mabel Smith], American R&B singer (A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On; Candy), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1972)
  • May 1 Dennis Main-Wilson, British TV and radio producer (Marty, Till Death Us Do Part), born in Dulwich, London (d. 1997)
  • May 1 Earl George, American composer and pedagogue, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1994)
  • May 1 Enriko Josif, Serbian composer and pedagogue (Lyric Symphony), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (d. 2003)
  • May 1 Terry Southern, writer
  • May 2 Aafje Heynis, Dutch singer (contralto), born in Krommenie, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • May 2 Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer, born in Dadu, Pakistan (d. 2004)
  • May 2 Lynn Evans [Carolyn Hargate], American pop vocalist (The Chordettes - "Mr. Sandman"; "Lollipop"), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • May 2 Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American stage and screen singer and actor (The Sound of Music; Fiddler On The Roof; The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming; 200 Motels), folk singer (co-founder Newport Folk Festival), and political activist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2015)
  • May 3 Jane Morgan [Florence Currier], American singer ("The Day The Rains Came"; "Fascination"), stage and television actress, born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • May 3 Ken Tyrrell, English race driver and founder of Tyrrell Racing, born in East Horsley, Surrey, England (d. 2001)
  • May 3 Mary Carver [Carvellas], American actress (Simon & Simon; Star Trek: Enterprise), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • May 3 Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet (Now and In Other Days), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 2000)
  • May 4 Tatiana Nikolayeva, Russian pianist and composer, born in Bezhitsa, Russia (d. 1993)
  • May 5 Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Argentine film director (Monday's Child), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1978)
  • May 5 Theo Olof, German-Dutch violinist and concert master, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 2012)
  • May 6 Denny Wright, British jazz guitarist, born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1992)
  • May 6 Mimi Benzell, American operatic soprano (Gilda-Rigoletto), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1970)
  • May 7 Albert Band, American film director, born in Paris (d. 2002)
  • May 8 Tristan Jones, British sailor and author, born off Tristan da Cunha (d. 1995)
  • May 9 Bulat S Okudzjava, Russian author (Student!)
  • May 9 Connie Russell, American singer (Club Embassy; Garroway at Large), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • May 9 Gerard Wernars, Dutch graphic designer (Library stamps 1991)
  • May 9 Jean J A Girault, French director/screenwriter (l'Amour)
  • May 11 Antony Hewish, radio astronomer
  • May 11 Eugene Dynkin, Russian mathematician
  • May 11 Jackie Milburn, English soccer striker (13 caps; Newcastle United 353 games), born in Ashington, England (d. 1988)
  • May 11 Tim Flock, American auto racer (Winston Cup 1952, 55), born in Fort Payne, Alabama (d. 1998)
  • May 12 Alexander Esenin-Volpin, Russian mathematician (ultrafinitism) and human rights activist, born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (d. 2016)

Tony Hancock

May 12 Tony Hancock, English comedian and actor (Hancock's Half Hour), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1968)

  • May 13 Harry Glickman, American journalist, promoter and sports executive (co-founder NBA Portland Trail Blazers, President 1987-94), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2020)
  • May 13 Harry Schwarz, South African MP and Ambassador to the US
  • May 13 Theodore Mann, American theatre producer and director
  • May 14 Brad Anderson, American cartoonist (Marmaduke), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 2015)
  • May 14 Joly Braga Santos, Portuguese composer and conductor, born in Lisbon (d. 1988)
  • May 14 Sonia d’Artois, British Canadian WWII resistance agent, born in Eastchurch, Kent (d. 2014)
  • May 15 Andrea Gyarmati, Hungary water polo player (Olympics, 1948-60), (d. 2013)
  • May 15 Don Kenyon, cricketer (England batsman in 8 Tests 1951-55)
  • May 15 Jaime Garcia Terre, poet/essayist
  • May 15 Maria Koepcke, German ornithologist (d. 1971)
  • May 15 Ursula Thiess [Schmidt], German actress (Monsoon, Bengal Brigade, Americano), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2010)
  • May 16 Dawda Kairaba Jawara, Gambian politician. Prime Minister (1962-70), President of Gambia (1970-94), born in Barajally, British Gambia
  • May 16 Frank F Mankiewicz, American columnist (Perfectly Clear), born in NYC, New York
  • May 17 Frantisek Kovaricek, Czech composer (Ukradeny mesic (The Stolen Moon)), born in Liteniny, Czechoslovakia (d. 2003)
  • May 17 Lord Tombs, CEO (Rolls Royce)
  • May 17 Thomas Baird, British vice-admiral
  • May 18 Jack Whitaker, American sportscaster (ABC, CBS), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • May 18 Maya Kopitseva, Russian painter of the Leningrad school, born in Gagry, USSR (d. 2005)
  • May 18 Priscilla Pointer, American actress (Carrie; Mommie Dearest), born in NYC, New York
  • May 19 (Alexander) "Sandy" Wilson, British theatrical composer and lyricist (The Boy Friend; Divorce Me, Darling!), born in Sale, Cheshire, England (d. 2014)
  • May 20 Peter Shore, MP (Labour)
  • May 21 Jack Twyman, American basketball player (Rochester/Cincinnati Royals), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • May 21 Mary Margaret "Peggy" Cass, American actress, comedian, game show panelist and announcer (To Tell The Truth), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • May 21 Robert Parris, American composer (Book of Imaginary Beings), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • May 22 Cecilia Robinson, English cricket batsman (14 Tests, 2 x 100s; Kent WCT), born in Canterbury, England (d. 2021)
  • May 22 Charles Aznavour [Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian], French-Armenian singer (Monsieur Carnavel; She; Tin Drum), born in Paris, France (d. 2018)
  • May 22 Claude André François Ballif, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2004)
  • May 22 Rita Vidaurri, American Ranchera singer, born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2019)
  • May 22 Wayne Mack, American sportscaster (New Orleans Saints, Tulane University) and actor (Storyville), born in Pekin, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • May 23 Clyde King, American baseball pitcher, coach, manager and executive (Brooklyn Dodgers; New York Yankees), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • May 23 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (The Music Goes Round), born in Bromley (d. 2017)
  • May 23 Michael McCrum, master (Corpus Christi College Cambridge)
  • May 25 István Nyers, Hungarian footballer, born in Freyming-Merlebach, Moselle, France (d. 2005)
  • May 26 T. Cooper Evans, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 2005)
  • May 28 Edward du Cann, British politician and Chairman of the Conservative Party (1965-67), born in Beckenham, London (d. 2017)
  • May 28 Geoffrey Rippon, British MP, born in Penn, Buckinghamshire (d. 1997)
  • May 29 Miloslav Kříž, Czech basketball coach (Czech Women's team, German Men's team), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2013)
  • May 29 Pepper Paire, American National Women's Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (1948 AAGPBL All-Star Team), born in Los Angeles, CA (d. 2013)
  • May 30 Armando Peraza, Cuban jazz, Latin jazz, and rock percussionist (George Shearing; Cal Tjader; Santana, 1972-90), born in Lawton Batista, Havana, Cuba (d. 2014) [birth year disputed]
  • May 30 Norbert Schemansky, USA, middle heavyweight (Olympic gold 1952)
  • May 31 Patricia Roberts Harris, American politician (Rep-D),1st African American woman cabinet member, born in Mattoon, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • May 31 Russell Endean, South African cricket wicketkeeper (28 Tests, 3 x 100, HS 162no, 41 dismissals; Transvaal, MCC), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2003)

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 August Cuppens, Flemish author (Limburgs Driemanschap), dies at 62
  • May 4 Edith Nesbit, British children books author (The Story of the Treasure Seekers, Five Children and It), dies at 65
  • May 6 Carel S Adama van Scheltema, poet/writer (socialism), dies at 47
  • May 8 Lev Lunts, Russian writer (Outside the Law, City of Truth), dies at 23
  • May 10 Adolfo Albertazzi, Italian writer (Amore & Amore, Top), dies at 58
  • May 11 Moses Walker, American baseball catcher (first African-American open about his heritage to play MLB; Toledo Blue Stockings), dies at 66
  • May 12 Henri Maréchal, French composer and music critic, dies at 82
  • May 15 Paul Henri Balluet d'Estournelles de Constant, French diplomat and pacifist (Nobel 1909), dies at 71
  • May 16 William "Candy" Cummings, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (credited with creating the curveball), dies at 75
  • May 19 Billy Zulch, cricketer (South African batsman scored 2 Test centuries), dies
  • May 21 Bobby Franks, American school boy killed by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, at 14
  • May 21 Charley Barrett, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Cornell undefeated National C'ship 1915), dies from effects of war injuries at 30
  • May 25 Ashutosh Mukherjee, Bengali educator, jurist, barrister and mathematician described as the "Banglar Bagh" (Tiger of Bengal), dies abruptly at 59
  • May 25 Lyubov Popova, Russian avant-garde artist and painter, dies at 35
  • May 25 Theodore F. Morse, American composer, dies at 51
  • May 26 Johann Heinrich Beck, American composer, dies at 67
  • May 26 Victor Herbert, American cellist, composer, and conductor (Babes in Toyland; Eileen), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • May 29 Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid/London), dies