On This Day

Historical Events in May 1909

  • May 1 Netherlands begins unity with Belgium

Baseball Record

May 2 Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs

  • May 3 35th Kentucky Derby: Vincent Powers on Wintergreen wins in 2:08.2
  • May 6 Indian nationalist Sri Aurobindo acquitted in the Alipore Bomb Case in Calcutta, India
  • May 7 Construction begins on first 100 houses in Ahuzat Bayit (Tel Aviv)
  • May 8 American Albert Raines runs world record marathon (2:46:04.6) in NYC
  • May 8 British runner Henry Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31) in the Polytechnic Marathon in London
  • May 10 Winchester's Fred Toney no-hits Lexington for 17 inning
  • May 12 34th Preakness: Willie Doyle aboard Effendi wins in 1:39.8
  • May 13 Christian National Labor Workers (CNV) party begins in Netherlands
  • May 13 First Giro d'Italia takes place in Milan - Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna is the winner
  • May 17 White firemen on Georgia lroad strike to protest against hiring blacks

Boxing Title Fight

May 19 In his first title defence Jack Johnson fights "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien to a no decision in 6 rounds in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to retain his world heavyweight crown

  • May 22 1st San Francisco fireboat, David Scannell, launched
  • May 24 Bristol University granted Royal Charter
  • May 29 Frank "Home Run" Baker's 1st career home run for Philadelphia Athletics
  • May 30 Reuben Siegel laid cornerstone of 1st home in Tel-Aviv

Conference of Interest

May 31 National Conference on the Negro holds its first meeting in United Charities Building, New York (earlier form of the NAACP)