On This Day

Historical Events in May 1912

  • May 1 Beverly Hills Hotel opens
  • May 4 Italian mariners occupy Turkish Island of Rhodes
  • May 5 Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing (4/22 OS)

Historic Event

May 7 Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories, after established by Joseph Pulitzer

  • May 8 Film and television production and distribution studio Paramount Pictures is founded
  • May 11 38th Kentucky Derby: Carol H Shilling aboard Worth wins in 2:09.4
  • May 13 Royal Flying Corps forms in Great Britain
  • May 15 37th Preakness: Clarnence Turner on Colonel Holloway wins in 1:56.6

Sports History

May 15 Ty Cobb rushes a heckler at a NY Highlander game & is suspended

  • May 18 Philadelphia Athletics rout Detroit Tigers, 24-2 at Shibe Park; Tigers use amateurs in protest at Ty Cobbs suspension from the game
  • May 18 Maurits Binger establishes 2 Dutch movie companies
  • May 19 AL President Ban Johnson tells Tigers if they continue protest of Ty Cobb's suspension, they will be banned from baseball
  • May 28 Jackie Matthews takes 2 cricket hat-tricks same day Australia v South Africa
  • May 29 15 young women are fired by Curtis Publishing in Philadelphia for dancing the "Turkey Trot" during their lunch break
  • May 29 Ballets Russes premieres their ballet L'apr├Ęs-midi d'un faune (The Afternoon of a Faun) in Paris, choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky
  • May 30 US Marines sent to Nicaragua
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Joe Dawson in the American-manufactured, 4-cylinder National, wins in race record 6:21:06; time is 21:02 faster than previous 1911 record
  • May 31 US marines land on Cuba