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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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 14 Plebiscite in the Philippines ratifies independence agreement
  • May 15 MLB Pittsburgh Pirates squeak past Phillies 20-5 at Philadelphia's Baker Bowl
  • May 15 Moscow Metro opens to public; initial phase was 11 km (6.8 mi) long and included 13 stations
  • May 18 English batsman Harold Gimblett scores 123 in 80 minutes on his County Cricket debut for Somerset CCC vs Essex at Frome

Canonization

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

  • May 19 NFL adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936
  • 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)

Baseball Record

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

World 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"

Historic Event

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

  • May 29 French liner Normandie begins its maiden voyage, arrived in NYC on June 3rd
  • May 29 Hague local museum opens
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Kelly Petillo accompanied by riding mechanic Jimmy Dunham win; Pete DePaolo becomes first to win race separately as a driver (1925) and owner
  • 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 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)

Luis Suárez MiramontesLuis Suárez Miramontes (87 years old)

May 2 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 who popularized the phrase "But wait, there's more!", born in NYC, New York (d. 2021) [1]
  • 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 Isobel Warren, Canadian author and journalist
  • May 7 Kevin O'Connor, actor (Bogie, Special Effects), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 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, American 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 (The Spinners - "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love?"; "The Rubberband Man"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 10 Larry Williams, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Dizzy, Miss Lizzie"; "Slow Down"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1980)
  • May 11 Christopher "Kit" Lambert, British record producer and manager of The Who, born in Knightsbridge, London (d. 1981)
  • May 11 Doug McClure, American actor (Checkmate, Virginian, Roots), born in Glendale, California (d. 1995)
  • May 11 Francisco Umbral, Spanish novelist (d. 2007)
  • May 12 Felipe Alou, Dominican baseball utility (MLB All-Star 1962, 66, 68; SF Giants, Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves) and manager (Montreal Expos 1992–2001, SF Giants 2003–06), born in Haina, Dominican Republic
  • May 12 Gary Peacock, American jazz bassist (Keith Jarrett Trio), born in Burley, Idaho (d. 2020)
  • May 12 Johnny Bucyk, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • May 13 Dominic Cossa, American baritone, born in Jessup, Pennsylvania
  • May 13 Nigel Butterley, Australian pianist, composer (The True Samaritan), educator, and radio broadcaster, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2022) [1]
  • May 13 Yizhak Sadai, Israeli composer, born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2019)
  • May 15 (Bruce) "Utah" Phillips, American folk singer-songwriter ("Green Rolling Hills"; "The Goodnight-Loving Trail") storyteller, poet, and labor organizer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • May 15 Don Bragg, American pole vaulter (Olympic gold, 1960), born in Penns Grove, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • May 15 Gordon Mills, British songwriter (Tom Jones - "It's Not Unusual"), born in Madras, India (d. 1986)
  • May 15 Ted Dexter, English cricket all-rounder and captain (62 Tests, 4,502 runs @ 47.89, 9 x 100s, 66 wickets; Sussex), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2021)
  • May 16 Jimmy LIndley, English jockey (2,000 Guineas 1963, 66; St Leger 1964) and broadcaster (BBC), born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, England (d. 2022)
  • 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 18 Arne Legernes, Norwegian soccer midfielder (41 caps; Molde FC, Larvik Turn), born in Molde, Norway (d. 2022)
  • May 19 David Hartman, American actor and TV personality (Good Morning America), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • May 19 Esmond Bulmer, English cider brewer, and Conservative Lower house leader
  • May 19 Fritz Rudolf Fries, German writer, born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 2014)

José MujicaJosé Mujica (87 years old)

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

  • 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 21 Terry Lightfoot, British clarinetist and bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen), born in Potters Bar, England (d. 2013)
  • 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 22 Ron Piché, Quebec baseball player (Milwaukee Braves), born in Verdun, Quebec, Canada (d. 2011)
  • May 23 Juliet Campbell, British ambassador (to Luxembourg)
  • May 23 Lasse Strömstedt, Swedish writer and actor, born in Gävle, Sweden (d. 2009)
  • May 23 Lord Grenfell, head of External affairs European office, world bank
  • 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 born in Beveren Leie, Belgium
  • May 27 Lee Meriwether, Miss America (Time Tunnel, Barnaby Jones), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 27 Mal Evans, British Beatles roadie and assistant, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1976)
  • May 27 Ramsey Lewis, American Grammy Award-winning jazz-pop pianist ("The In Crowd"; "Wade in the Water"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2022) [1]
  • May 28 Kenneth Kleinwort, English banker/multi-millionaire
  • May 28 Luciano Macías, Ecuadorian soccer defender (21 caps; Barcelona de Ecuador), born in Ancón, Ecuador (d. 2022)
  • 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 30 Ni Kuang, Hong Kong-American novelist and screenwriter (The 36th Chamber of Shaolin), born in Shanghai, China (d. 2022) [1]
  • May 31 Albert "Tootie" Heath, American jazz hard bop drummer (John Coltrane; Art Farmer; Jimmy Heath; Tete Montoliu, Yusef Lateef), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 31 Jim Bolger, New Zealand politician 35th Prime Minister of New Zealand, born in Opunake, New Zealand

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

Józef PiłsudskiJózef Piłsudski (1867-1935)

May 12 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

Magnus HirschfeldMagnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935)

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

  • May 15 Kazimir Malevich, Polish-Ukrainian avant-garde painter, diesof cancer at 56
  • May 17 Paul Dukas, French composer (The Sorcerer's Apprentice), dies at 69
  • May 19 Charles Martin Tornow Loeffler, German-American violinist and composer, dies at 74

T. E. LawrenceT. E. Lawrence (1888-1935)

May 19 British author, soldier and diplomat famous for his liaison role in Arabia during WWI, dies at 46, in a motorcycle accident in Dorset, England

  • May 20 Ivans [Jacob van Schevichaven], Dutch lawyer and detective writer, dies at 68
  • May 21 Hugo de Vries, Dutch botanist and geneticist who rediscovered Mendel's theory of heredity and for his work on genes (The Mutation Theory), dies at 87

Jane AddamsJane Addams (1860-1935)

May 21 American pacifist, social activist, feminist, author, co-founder of ACLU (Nobel Prize for Peace, 1931), dies at 65 [1]

  • May 25 Sir Frank Watson Dyson, English astronomer, dies at 71
  • May 29 Josef Suk, Czech violinist (Bohemian String Quartet, 1891-1933), composer (Asrael Symphony; Ripening; Serenade for Strings), and educator, dies at 61
  • May 30 Lothar Windsperger, German composer and editor, dies at 49