On This Day

Historical Events in May 1924

  • May 1 Admiral Paul Koundouriotis becomes President of Greece

Historic Event

May 1 German automobile manufacturers Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie begin their first joint venture (later merge into Mercedes-Benz)

  • May 2 Netherlands refuses to recognize USSR
  • May 3 Aleph Zadik Aleph is formed in Omaha, Nebraska by Sam Beber
  • May 4 VIII Summer Olympic Games open at Olympic Stadium of Colombes, Paris, France
  • May 4 German Republic election: fascists & communists win
  • May 5 Unions terminate Twentse textile strike
  • May 7 Peruvian Torre forms APRA, Alianza Popular Revolutionaria Americana

Music History

May 8 Arthur Honegger's orchestral tribute to steam locomotives "Pacifica 231" premieres

  • May 8 Memel territories given to Lithuania
  • May 8 Workers at Werkspoor in Amsterdam strike against 3rd wage cut

Appointment of Interest

May 10 J. Edgar Hoover appointed head of FBI

  • May 11 Cartel des Gauches wins French parliamentary election

Historic Event

May 11 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Robert Frost (New Hampshire)

  • May 12 49th Preakness: John Merimee aboard Nellie Morse wins in 1:57.2
  • May 16 108°F (42°C) in Blitzen, Oregon
  • May 17 50th Kentucky Derby: John Mooney aboard Black Gold wins in 2:05.2
  • May 21 Nathan Leopold & Richard Loeb kidnap and kill Bobby Franks to demonstrate their supposed intellectual superiority by committing a "perfect crime"

Historic Event

May 26 US President Calvin Coolidge signs Immigration law restricting immigration

  • May 29 AEK Athens FC is established on the anniversary of the siege of Constantinople by the Turks
  • May 30 Socialist Matteotti falls in Italian parliament by fascists
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Lora Lawrence Corum starts the race and is relieved midway by Joe Boyer who drives to victory; both drivers credited as "co-winners"
  • May 31 China recognizes the USSR