What Happened in May 1937

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Neutrality Act, banning travel on belligerent ships and imposes an arms embargo on warring nations

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 3 Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With the Wind"

CommunicationHindenburg Disaster

May 6 German airship Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, NJ (36 die)
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  • May 8 63rd Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on War Admiral wins 2:03.2
  • May 9 Reds beat Phillies 21-10 (Ernie Lombardi goes 6 for 6)
  • May 10 Busmen strike in London
  • May 12 St Louis Cards beat Philadelphia Phillies, 15-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 12 Coronation of King George VI of Great Britain (and his other realms and territories beyond the sea) at Westminster Abbey, London

King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • May 15 62nd Preakness: Charley Kurtsinger aboard War Admiral wins in 1:58.4
  • May 17 Juan Negrin succeeds Largo Caballero as Spain's premier
  • May 19 John Murray and Allen Boretz's "Room Service" premieres in NYC
  • May 25 1st airmail letter to circle globe returns to NY
  • May 26 Dutch Rail NV at law forms
  • May 27 Carl Hubbell wins his 24th consecutive game (since July 17, 1936)
  • May 27 Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opens to pedestrians
  • May 28 Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opens to vehicular traffic

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 28 Neville Chamberlain becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain

Sport awardGolf Major

May 30 20th PGA Championship: Denny Shute at Pittsburgh FC Aspinwall PA

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Denny Shute
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Denny Shute
  • May 30 Memorial Day Massacre: Chicago Police Department shoot and kill 10 unarmed demonstrators during the "Little Steel Strike" in the United States
  • May 30 Pitcher Carl Hubbell's 24th consecutive victory
  • May 30 61,756, second largest crowd in Polo Grounds history, sees Dodgers ends Carl Hubbell's consecutive-game winning streak at 24
  • May 30 42nd Men's French Championships: Henner Henkel beats Bunny Austin (6-1, 6-4, 6-3)
  • May 30 42nd Women's French Championships: Hilde Sperling beats Simonne Mathieu (6-2, 6-4)
  • May 31 1st quadruplets to finish college (Baylor University)
  • May 31 Brooklyn Dodgers snap NY Giant Carl Hubbell's 24-game winning streak
  • May 31 German warships bombard Almeria, Spain
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Wilbur Shaw wins in 4:24:07.861 (182.789 km/h)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Bo Nilsson, Swedish composer (Doppelspiel)
  • May 1 Una Stubbs, English actress ( Till Death Us Do Part), born in Welwyn Garden City
  • May 1 Roger Brown, College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (6 Pro-Bowls), born in Surry County, Virginia
  • May 2 Gisela Elsner, German writer (Die Riesenzwerge, Rowohlt), born in Nuremberg, Middle Franconia (d. 1992)
  • May 2 Lorenzo Music, American writer, actor and voice actor (Carlton-Rhoda, Garfield), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2001)
  • May 2 Ted [Samuel Frederick ] Dabney, American engineer, founder of Atari (Pong), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2018)
  • May 3 Nélida Piñon, Brazilian writer (The Republic of Dreams), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • May 4 Ron Carter, American jazz bassist (Ron Carter Meets Bach), born in Ferndale, Michigan
  • May 4 Hans Ulrich Lehmann, Swiss composer, born in Biel, Switzerland
  • May 4 Mr. Fuji [Harry Masayoshi Fujiwara], American professional wrestler, born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2016)
  • May 4 Dick Dale [Richard Anthony Mansour], American guitarist, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 5 Rob Van Gennep, publisher
  • May 5 Delia Derbyshire, English musician and composer (Doctor Who theme, White Noise), born in Coventry, England (d. 2001)
  • May 6 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American boxer whose murder convictions were overturned after 19 years in prison, born in Clifton, New Jersey
  • May 7 Aviard Gavrilovich Fastovets, Russian cosmonaut, born in Kovrov, Vladimir Oblast, Russia (d. 1991)
  • May 7 Claude Raymond, Quebec baseball player, born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
  • May 8 Daniel Robberechts, Belgian writer (Labia Majora)
  • May 8 Dennis DeConcini, (Sen-D-AZ, 1977- )
  • May 8 Michael Simmons, Air Marshal (British Ministry of Defense)
  • May 8 Thomas Pynchon, American novelist (V, Gravity's Rainbow), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • May 8 Carlos Gaviria Díaz, Colombian politician
  • May 8 Mike Cuellar, baseball player
  • May 9 Dave Prater, American singer and musician (Sam & Dave), born in Ocilla, Georgia (d. 1988)
  • May 9 Sonny Curtis, Texas, guitarist (Crickets)
  • May 9 José Rafael Moneo, Spanish architect
  • May 10 Arthur Kopit, US playwright ('Wings', 'Nine'), born in New York City
  • May 10 Jim Hickman, baseball player (Mets, Dodgers, Cubs), born in Henning, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • May 10 Tamara Press, USSR, shot putter/discus thrower (Olympic gold 1960)
  • May 11 David Allan, cricketer (West Indian wicketkeeper 1962-66)
  • May 12 Beryl Burton, UK, won record (7) women's cycling titles
  • May 12 George Carlin, comedian (7 dirty words, AM & FM, Carwash), born in The Bronx, New York
  • May 12 Gerry E Studds, (Rep-D-MA, 1973- )
  • May 13 John Cope, MP/Paymaster General
  • May 13 Judith Somogi, American conductor (Frankfurt Opera-1982), born in NYC, New York
  • May 13 Roger [Joseph] Zelazny, sci-fi author (6 Hugos, Chronicles of Amber)
  • May 13 Zohra Lampert, American actress (Doctor's Hospital), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestRoch Carrier

May 13 Roch Carrier, Canadian novelist (The Hockey Sweater), born in Sainte-Justine, Quebec

Novelist and Author of
Novelist and Author of "contes"
Roch Carrier
  • May 13 Trevor Baylis, English inventor of the wind-up radio, born in Kilburn, London (d. 2018)
  • May 14 Dick Howser, shortstop (Kansas City A's), manager (KC Royals)
  • May 14 Eric Herfst, Dutch cabaret performer/actor (Floris)
  • May 14 Peter Frederic Williams, composer
  • May 15 Trini Lopez [Trinidad Lopez], American singer and guitarist (If I Had a Hammer), born in Dallas, Texas
  • May 15 Madeleine Albright, American politician and diplomat and 1st female U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • May 16 James Hunt Jr, (Gov-NC)
  • May 16 Yvonne Craig, actress (Batgirl-Batman, Kissin Cousin), born in Taylorville Illinois (d. 2015)
  • May 17 Hazel R. O'Leary, United States Secretary of Energy
  • May 18 Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Oriole 3rd baseman (1955-77)
  • May 18 Jacques Santer, President (European Commission)
  • May 19 Sanne Sannes, Dutch photographer
  • May 19 Pat Roach, English actor and wrestler (d. 2004)
  • May 20 Dave Hill, PGA golfer (1967 Memphis), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • May 20 Benjamin Guinness, 3rd Earl of Iveagh, British brewer (Guinness) and large landowner (d. 1992)
  • May 20 Teddy Randazzo, song writer (I'm on the Outside Looking In)
  • May 23 John Mazza, horse trainer
  • May 26 Yehuda Yannay, composer
  • May 27 Allan Carr, American producer and director (Grease, Happiest Millionaire), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • May 29 Alwin Schockemohle, horse show jumper
  • May 29 Irmin Schmidt, rocker (Can)
  • May 29 Peter Kolman, composer
  • May 29 Charles W. Pickering, American judge
  • May 30 Arthur C. Jacobs, Scottish poet, born in Glasgow (d. 1994)
  • May 30 Harry Statham, American basketball coach
  • May 31 Vladislav Ivanovich Gulyayev, Russian cosmonaut

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Snitz Edwards, Hungarian actor (College, Phantom of the Opera), dies at 69
  • May 2 Arthur Somervell, English composer, dies at 73
  • May 4 Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter (b. 1910)
  • May 9 Walter Mittelholzer, Swiss aviation pioneer (Swiss Air), dies in crash at 43
  • May 10 William Tedmarsh, British silent movie actor (Two Beds and No Sleep), dies at 61
  • May 11 Viliam Figus, composer, dies at 62
  • May 13 Ekaterina Geladze, mother of Joseph Stalin (b. 1858)
  • May 15 Phillip Snowden, British politician first Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, dies at 72

Person of interestJohn D. Rockefeller

May 23 John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist and philanthropist, dies at 97

Oil Industrialist John D. Rockefeller
Oil Industrialist
John D. Rockefeller
  • May 25 Henry Ossawa Tanner, American artist, dies at 77
  • May 28 Alfred Adler, Austria psychiatrist (Individual Psychology), dies at 67