On This Day

What Happened in May 1935

Historical Events

  • May 1 Canada's 1st silver dollar is circulated
  • May 4 61st Kentucky Derby: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 2:05

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 6 British King George V & Queen Mary celebrate silver jubilee

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • May 6 KTM-AM in Los Angeles California changes call letters to KEHE (now KABC)
  • May 6 Pulitzer prize awarded to Audrey Wurdemann (Bright Ambush)
  • May 8 Cincinnati Red Ernie Lombardi doubles in 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th beat Phils 15-4
  • May 11 60th Preakness: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 1:58.4
  • May 14 LA's Griffith Planetarium opens, 3rd in US
  • May 14 Plebiscite in the Philippines ratifies independence agreement
  • May 14 Northamptonshire County Cricket Club gains (over Somerset at Taunton by 48 runs) what proved to be their last victory for 99 matches, a record in the County Championship. Their next Championship win was not until May 29, 1939.
  • May 15 Pirates beat Phillies 20-5
  • May 15 The Moscow Metro is opened to public
  • May 18 Harold Gimblett scores 123 in 80 mins on cricket debut for Somerset
  • May 19 NFL adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936

BeatificationCanonization

May 19 English Cardinal John Fisher and statesman Thomas More, executed by Henry VIII, canonized as saints by Pope Pius XI

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
259th Pope Pius XI
259th Pope
Pius XI
  • May 23 1st scheduled night game postponed due to rain (Cincinnati)
  • May 24 1st major league night baseball game, in Cincinnati (Reds 2, Philadelphia 1)

Sports record brokenWorld Record

May 25 Legendary American athlete Jesse Owens equals or breaks 4 world records in 45 minutes at a Big Ten meet at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan; remembered as "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport"

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 25 Babe Ruth hits his last 3 home runs in Pittsburgh, Boston Braves still lose the game 11–7 to the Pirates

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 27 Supreme Court declares FDR's National Recovery Act unconstitutional

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • May 29 French liner Normandie begins its maiden voyage, arrived in NYC on June 3rd
  • May 29 Hague local museum opens
  • May 30 Philadelphia pitcher Jim Bivin retires Babe Ruth on an infield grounder in "the Babe's" final MLB at-bat; Ruth plays just 1 inning in Boston Braves, 11-6 loss to Phillies at the Baker Bowl
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Kelly Petillo wins in 4:42:22.771; average speed: 106.240 mph (170.977 km/h)
  • May 31 7.7 magnitude earthquake destroys Quetta in Balochistan, British India (now Pakistan) killing an estimated 40,000 people

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Ann Robinson, American actress
  • May 2 Faisal II, King of Iraq (1939-58), son of Ghasi I, born in Baghdad (d. 1958)
  • May 2 Lance LeGault, American actor (The A-Team), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • May 2 Luis Suárez Miramontes, Spanish footballer and manager regarded as one of Spain's greatest players, born in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
  • May 3 Donald P Hodel, US Secretary of Interior (1985-89), born in Portland, Oregon
  • May 3 Ron Popeil, American inventor and TV personality, born in NYC, New York
  • May 5 Douglas Marland, American soap opera writer (Gen Hospital), born in West Sand Lake, New York (d. 1993)
  • May 5 Edward "Kidd" Jordan, American jazz saxophonist and music educator, born in Crowley, New Orleans
  • May 7 Kevin O'Connor, actor (Bogie, Special Effects), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • May 7 Isobel Warren, Canadian author and journalist
  • May 8 Jack Charlton, English soccer defender (35 caps; World Cup 1966; Leeds United) and manager (Middlesborough, Sheffield Wed, Newcastle, Rep of Ireland), born in Ashington, England (d. 2020)
  • May 8 Salome Jens, actress (From Here to Eternity), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • May 8 Viscount Falkland, British peer (Lib-Dem)
  • May 9 Nole "Nokie" Edwards, American surf-rock guitarist (The Ventures) and actor (Deadwood), born in Lahoma, Oklahoma (d. 2018)
  • May 9 Roger Hargreaves, English author and illustrator of children's books (Mr. Men and Little Miss), born in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire (d. 1988)
  • May 10 Henry Fambrough, American singer (Spinners)
  • May 10 Larry Williams, American musician (Dizzy, Miss Lizzie), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1980)
  • May 11 Doug McClure, American actor (Checkmate, Virginian, Roots), born in Glendale, California (d. 1995)
  • May 11 Francisco Umbral, Spanish novelist (d. 2007)
  • May 11 Christopher "Kit" Lambert, British record producer and manager of The Who, born in Knightsbridge, London (d. 1981)
  • May 12 Johnny Bucyk, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • May 12 Gary Peacock, American jazz bassist (Keith Jarrett Trio), born in Burley, Idaho (d. 2020)
  • May 13 Nigel Butterley, Australian pianist and composer (The True Samaritan), born in Sydney, Australia
  • May 13 Yizhak Sadai, composer
  • May 13 Dominic Cossa, American baritone
  • May 15 Ted Dexter, cricketer (in Milan Superb England batsman of 60's)
  • May 15 Gordon Mills, British songwriter (Tom Jones - "It's Not Unusual"), born in Madras, India (d. 1986)
  • May 15 Don Bragg, American pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1960), born in Penns Grove, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • May 16 Yvon Douis, French soccer striker (20 caps; Lille, Le Havre, Monaco, Cannes), born in Les Andelys, France (d. 2021)
  • May 17 Dennis Potter, British TV dramatist (The Singing Detective, Karaoke, Midnight Movie), born in Gloucestershire, England (d. 1994)
  • May 17 Ivan Slone, world-famous watchmaker
  • May 19 David Hartman, American actor and TV personality (Good Morning America), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • May 19 Fritz Rudolf Fries, German writer, born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 2014)
  • May 19 Esmond Bulmer, English cider brewer, and Conservative Lower house leader

Person of interestJosé Mujica

May 20 José Mujica, 40th President of Uruguay (2010-2015), champion of the poor and former urban guerrilla with the Tupamaros, born in Montevideo, Uruguay

President of Uruguay José Mujica
President of Uruguay
José Mujica
  • May 21 Terry Lightfoot, British clarinetist and bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen), born in Potters Bar, England (d. 2013)
  • May 21 Johnny Majors, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (All American 1956; U of Tennessee) and coach (Iowa State; National C'ship 1976, Pittsburgh; Tennessee), born in Lynchburg, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • May 22 Ron Piché, Quebec baseball player (Milwaukee Braves), born in Verdun, Quebec, Canada (d. 2011)
  • May 22 Barry Rogers, American jazz, salsa, and session trombonist (Eddie Palmiere; Fania All-Stars; Chaka Khan; Todd Rundgren), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 1991)
  • May 23 Juliet Campbell, British ambassador (to Luxembourg)
  • May 23 Lord Grenfell, head of External affairs European office, world bank
  • May 23 Lasse Strömstedt, Swedish writer and actor, born in Gävle, Sweden (d. 2009)
  • May 24 Joan Micklin Silver, American film director (Hester Street; Crossing Delancey), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2020)
  • May 24 Valerie Capers, American jazz pianist, composer ("Sing About Love"; "Sojourner"), and educator, born in New York City
  • May 25 Cookie Gilchrist, American football fullback (AFL All Star 1962-65; AFL MVP 1962; CFL All Star 1956-60), born in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • May 25 Victoria Shaw, Australian-American actress (Alvarez Kelly, Westworld), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1988)
  • May 26 Sheila Steafel, South African-British actress (The 10th Kingdom), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2019)
  • May 27 Elias Gistelinck, Flemish composer
  • May 27 Lee Meriwether, Miss America (Time Tunnel, Barnaby Jones), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 27 Ramsey Lewis, American Grammy Award winning jazz-pop pianist ("The In Crowd", "Wade in the Water"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 27 Mal Evans, British Beatles roadie and assistant, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1976)
  • May 28 Kenneth Kleinwort, English banker/multi-millionaire
  • May 29 André Brink, South African writer (Dry White Season), born in Vrede, Free State
  • May 29 Denis Worrall, South African politician and leader (DP), born in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
  • May 29 Martin Garrod, Commandant General Royal Marines, born in Darjeeling, India (d. 2009))
  • May 29 Sylvia Robinson, American singer (Mickey & Sylvia - "Love Is Strange"; solo - "Pillow Talk"), record producer, and record label executive (Sugar Hill Records), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2011)
  • May 30 Bill Mallory, College Football coach (Miami, Colorado, Northern Illinois, Indiana), born in Sandusky, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • May 31 Bruce Bolton, cricketer (two Tests NZ v England 1959)
  • May 31 Jim Bolger, 35th Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • May 31 Albert "Tootie" Heath, American jazz hard bop drummer (John Coltrane; Art Farmer; Jimmy Heath; Tete Montoliu, Yusef Lateef), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Famous Weddings

  • May 24 Swedish princess Ingrid marries Danish crown prince Frederik (IX)

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (Tour de France 1923), dies of a gunshot wound at 46
  • May 11 Edward Herbert Thompson, American archaeologist (Mayan civilization), dies at 78

Person of interestJózef Piłsudski

May 12 Józef Piłsudski, Father of the Second Polish Republic who served as its Chief of State (1918-22), Marshall of Poland and later its de facto leader (1926-35), dies at 67

Statesman and First Marshall Józef Piłsudski
Statesman and First Marshall
Józef Piłsudski

Person of interestMagnus Hirschfeld

May 14 Magnus Hirschfeld, German physician and gay rights advocate, dies of a heart attack at 67

Physician and Gay Rights Advocate Magnus Hirschfeld
Physician and Gay Rights Advocate
Magnus Hirschfeld
  • May 15 Kazimir Malevich, Polish/Ukrainian artist (b. 1878)
  • May 17 Paul Dukas, French composer (The Sorcerer's Apprentice), dies at 69
  • May 19 Charles Martin Tornow Loeffler, French composer, dies at 74

Person of interestT. E. Lawrence

May 19 T. E. Lawrence [Lawrence of Arabia], British author, soldier and diplomat famous for his liaison role in Arabia during WWI, dies at 46, in a motorcycle accident in Dorset, England

Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • May 20 Ivans [Jacob van Schevichaven], Dutch lawyer and detective writer, dies at 68
  • May 21 Hugo de Vries, botanist Gruppenweise Artbildung, dies at 87

Person of interestJane Addams

May 21 Jane Addams, American social activist and author, co-founder of ACLU (1931 1st woman awarded Nobel Peace Prize), dies at 65

Social Worker and Nobel Laureate Jane Addams
Social Worker and Nobel Laureate
Jane Addams
  • May 25 Sir Frank Watson Dyson, English astronomer, dies at 71
  • May 29 Josef Suk, Czech violinist and composer, dies at 61
  • May 30 Lothar Windsperger, composer, dies at 49