What Happened on May 31, 1926

Historical Events

  • Indianapolis 500: First rain-shortened race in "500" history; Frank Lockhart wins after 20 lap duel with Dave Lewis; race called after 400 miles (160 laps)
  • Kruger National Park is established as South Africa's first national park
  • Portuguese president Bernardino Machedo resigns after coup
  • Sesquicentennial Exposition opens in Philadelphia

Famous Birthdays

  • (Heinz) "Henry" Lewy, German-American sound engineer and record producer (Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Stephen Bishop, Judee Sill, The Monkees), born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 2006)
  • Derek Birley, English founding Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ulster and sports writer, born in West Yorkshire (d. 2002)
  • Martin Peake, 2nd Viscount Ingleby, British peer and business man (d. 2008)
  • Probir Sen, Indian cricket wicketkeeper (14 Tests, 31 dismissals; Bengal), born in Comilla, Bangladesh (d. 1970)
1926 Highlights

About May 31, 1926

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 96 years, 8 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Gemini