On This Day

What Happened in May 1929

Historical Events

  • May 1 Farm workers strike begins in East-Groningen
  • May 1 Police kill 19 Mayday demonstrators in Berlin

Music History

May 2 Billie Holiday (14) and her mother are arrested for prostitution following a raid of a brothel in Harlem

  • May 3 Prussia bans anti-fascists

Baseball Record

May 4 Lou Gehrig hits 3 consecutive HRs, Yankees 11, Tigers 9

  • May 6 AL announces it will discontinue MVP award
  • May 6 New York to San Francisco footrace begins
  • May 8 Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, incorporated into Norway

Sports History

May 8 NY Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell no-hits Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-0 at the Polo Grounds, NYC

Contract of Interest

May 8 Soviet government contract Albert Kahn Associates architectural firm to design the USSR's 1st tractor plant

  • May 9 WJW-AM in Cleveland Ohio begins radio transmissions
  • May 10 54th Preakness: Louis Schaefer aboard Dr Freeland wins in 2:01.6

British Golf Open

May 10 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Walter Hagen wins 4th Open title, by 6 strokes from fellow American Johnny Farrell

  • May 11 1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)
  • May 11 Dr Annie Webb Blanton forms Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Austin, Texas
  • May 12 Pulitzer prize awarded to Julia Peterkin (Scarlet Sister Mary)
  • May 15 Fire in X-ray film stock kills 125 at Crile Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • May 18 55th Kentucky Derby: Hall of Fame jockey Linus McAtee on 3-1 chance Clyde Van Dusen wins in 2:10.8 on a muddy track
  • May 18 Brooklyn Robins beat Philadelphia Phillies, 20-16; lose 8-6 in game 2 at the Baker Bowl; MLB record 50 runs for a doubleheader
  • May 19 Cloudburst causes stampede in Yankee Stadium, crushes 2 people to death

Declaration of War

May 19 Chinese warlord Feng Yuxiang declares war on Chiang Kai-shek's nationalist government

  • May 21 Automatic electric stock quotation board installed in NYC
  • May 21 Sergei Prokoviev's ballet "Prodigal Son" premieres in Paris
  • May 24 Chicago WS pitcher Ted Lyons and Detroit's George Uhle go 21 innings before Tigers get a run to win, 6-5; longest game (3 hours, 31 mins) ever at Comiskey Park, Chicago
  • May 28 1st all color talking picture "On With the Show" exhibited (NYC)
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Ray Keech takes lead for final time on lap 158 for his first Indy 500 win; car owner Maude A. Yagle is first and only female winning owner in Indy history
  • May 31 Atlantic City Convention Center opens

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Sonny James [James Loden], country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), born in Hackelburg, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • May 1 Sonny Ramadhin, West Indian cricket spin bowler (43 Tests, 158 wickets, BB 7/49), born in St.Charles Village, Trinidad (d. 2022)
  • May 2 Edward Levy, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • May 2 Luc Ferrari, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2005)
  • May 2 Graham Gedye, New Zealand cricketer (opening batsman in four Tests for NZ 1964), born in Otahuhu, Auckland (d. 2014)
  • May 2 (Fred Lincoln) "Link" Wray, Native American rock guitarist ("Rumble"), born in Dunn, North Carolina (d. 2005)
  • May 3 Hendrik L van Beek, Dutch vice-admiral
  • May 3 Jahanara Imam, Bangladeshi writer and political activist, born in Murshidabad, West Bengal, India (d. 1994)

Audrey Hepburn

May 4 Audrey Hepburn, British actress (Roman Holiday; Breakfast at Tiffany's; My Fair Lady), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1993)

  • May 4 Sydney M. Lamb, American linguist (Stratificational grammar), born in Denver, Colorado
  • May 5 John S Ragin, American actor (Dr Astin-Quincy ME), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2013)
  • May 5 (Jacqueline) "Ilene" Woods, American radio singer and actress (Disney's Cinderella), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (d. 2010)
  • May 6 John P. Allen, American engineer, inventor and CEO (Biosphere 2), born in Carnegie, Oklahoma
  • May 6 John Taylor, British bishop (St Albans) and Lord High Almoner to Queen
  • May 6 Rosemary Camp, British archaeologist (Council for British Archaeology)
  • May 6 Hans Beck, German inventor of Playmobil toys, born in Greiz, Germany (d. 2009)
  • May 7 Dick Williams, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (Brooklyn Dodgers) and manager (World Series 1972, 73; Oakland A's), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • May 7 Sally L. Smith, American educator and founder (Lab School of Washington), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • May 7 Babe Parilli, American football player, born in Rochester, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • May 7 Gisèle Rabesahala, Malagasy politician (1st female minister) and human righter activist, born in Antananarivo, Magaascar (d. 2011)
  • May 8 Miyoshi Umeki, Japanese-American actress (Katsumi-Sayonara, Mrs Livingston-Courtship of Eddie's Father), born in Otaru, Japan (d. 2007)
  • May 8 V. N. M. Korte-van Hemel, Dutch Secretary of Justice (CDA)
  • May 8 Claude Castonguay, Quebec politician (task force on Quebec health care), born in Quebec City (d. 2020)
  • May 9 Anthony Lloyd, Lord Justice of Appeal
  • May 9 Kay Dotrice [Katherine Newman], British actress (Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2007)
  • May 10 Brian Corby, CEO (Prudential)
  • May 10 Robin Hill, 8th Marquess of Downshire, Irish peer and the Hereditary Constable of Hillsborough Fort
  • May 11 Edward Anson, British vice-admiral
  • May 12 Dollard St. Laurent, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Verdun, Quebec (d. 2015)
  • May 12 Sam Nujoma, Namibian revolutionary and politician, first President of Namibia (1990-2005), born in Ongandjera, Soutwest Africa
  • May 14 Vladimir Antoshin, USSR, International Chess Grandmaster (1964)
  • May 14 Henry McGee, British actor and comedian (No, That's Me Over Here!, The Benny Hill Show), born in South Kensington, London (d. 2006)
  • May 14 Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • May 14 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer and lecturer, (d. 2013)
  • May 15 Jack Flavell, cricketer (England pace bowler in 4 Tests 1961-64)
  • May 15 David Healy, American-born actor (Supergirl, Doomsday Gun, Patton), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • May 15 Frank Evans Heart, American computer engineer (worked on first routing computer for ARPANET, the Internet's predecessor), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2018)
  • May 16 Adrienne Rich, American feminist writer (Diamond Cutters), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • May 16 John Conyers, American politician (Rep-D-MI, 1965-2017), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 2019)
  • May 16 Osmo Lindeman, Finnish composer (d. 1987)
  • May 16 Claude Morin, French Canadian politician
  • May 17 Raymond Hide, geophysicist
  • May 17 George Weinberg, American psychotherapist (coined "homophobia"), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • May 17 John Davies, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; WR 200m breaststroke 2:34.4 1952), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2020)
  • May 18 John Nicolaas Block, Dutch aviation pioneer (Martinair, Transavia, Air Holland), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • May 18 Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (C) (1964-1987), born in London
  • May 18 Roger Matton, Canadian composer, born in Granby, Quebec (d. 2004)
  • May 19 Harvey Cox, US theologist (Secular City)
  • May 19 Michael Adamis, Greek electroacoustic music composer, born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 2013)
  • May 19 John Stroger Chicago politician
  • May 20 Andre Carolus Cirino, Suriname/Indian poet
  • May 21 Larance Marable, American jazz drummer (Charlie Haden's Quartet West; Stan Getz; Groove Holmes), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • May 21 Charles Wadsworth, American pianist (Lincoln Center), born in Barnesville, Georgia
  • May 21 Paul Winslow, South African cricketer (big-hitter for South Africa, 108 v England 1955)
  • May 21 Robert Welch, English designer, silversmith (Robert Welch flatware), born in Hereford, England (d. 2000)
  • May 22 Asher Ben-Yohanan, Israeli composer, born in Kávala, Greece (d. 2015)
  • May 23 Joe Modise, South African commandant of Umkhonto we Sizwe (1965- )
  • May 23 Ulla Jacobsson, Swedish actress (Zulu, One Summer of Happiness), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1982)
  • May 25 Beverly Sills [Belle Miriam Silverman], American operatic soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • May 25 David Sturtevant Ruder, 23rd chairman of Security & Exchange Commission, born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • May 25 Warren Frost, American actor (Twin Peaks, Matlock, Seinfeld), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • May 26 Hugo Raes, Flemish writer (Horses Jump & Fresh Sea), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 2013)
  • May 28 Leslie Wight, cricketer (one Test WI v India 1953, scored 21)
  • May 28 Patrick McNair-Wilson, MP
  • May 29 Peter Higgs, English theoretical physicist (Nobel Prize for Physics 2013), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • May 30 Michael Mellinger, German actor (Goldfinger; The Bourne Identity), born in Kochel, Bavaria (d. 2004)
  • May 30 Don Laws, American figure skater and coach (Scott Hamilton, Patrick Chan, Tiffany Chin), born in Washington, D.C.. (d. 2014)
  • May 31 Zoltán Aladár, Transylvanian composer, music critic and teacher (The Goat and the Three Goons), born in Homorodszentmárton, Romania (d. 1978)
  • May 31 Elaine Stewart, American actress and model (The Bad and the Beautiful, Take the High Ground), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 2011)
  • May 31 Neil Shaw, British CEO (Tate & Lyle)

Famous Weddings

  • May 1 American poet e.e (Edward Estlin) Cummings marries 2nd wife Anne Minnerly Barton

Wedding of Interest

May 27 Aviator Charles Lindbergh (27) weds author Anne Morrow (22) in Englewood, New Jersey


Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Henry Morton Dunham, American composer, dies at 75
  • May 7 Albert Anselmi, American gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • May 7 John Scalise, American gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • May 7 Joseph "Top Toad" Giunta, American gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • May 11 Jozef Murgaš, Slovak inventor, dies at 65
  • May 16 Lilli Lehmann, soprano, dies
  • May 21 V P F A Royle, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1879), dies
  • May 28 Alice Stopford Green, Irish historian and proponent of Irish independence, dies at 81