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Historical Events in May 1927

  • May 1 1st British airliner to serve cooked meals (Imperial Airways)
  • May 2 International Economic Conference (52 countries including USSR) opens
  • May 2 Pulitzer prize awarded to Louis Bromfield (Early Autumn)
  • May 2 U.S. Supreme Court's "Buck v. Bell", permits forced sterilizations of various "unfits" by states' authorities where such surgeries are practiced for eugenic reasons
  • May 4 1st balloon flight over 40,000 feet (Scott Field, Illinois)
  • May 4 Nicaragua agrees to a US supervised presidential election in 1928

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May 5 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Symphony premieres in Berlin

  • May 7 SF Municipal Airport (Mills Field) dedicated
  • May 7 Angelos Sikelianos organizes the first Delphic Festival in Delphi to celebrate the ancient Greek Delphic ideal.
  • May 9 52nd Preakness: Whitey Abel aboard Bostonian wins in 2:01.6
  • May 9 Canberra replaces Melbourne as the capital of Australia, and the Australian Parliament convenes there for the first time.
  • May 11 Belgium beats England 9-1 in soccer
  • May 11 Louis B Mayer forms Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • May 13 "Black Friday" on Berlin Stock Exchange
  • May 13 VVOG soccer team forms in Harderwijk
  • May 14 "Ain't She Sweet?" hits #1 on the singles chart by Ben Bernie

  • May 14 53rd Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee aboard Whiskery wins in 2:06
  • May 14 Cap Arcona is launched at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg
  • May 14 The University of Chicago's local collegiate organization, Phi Sigma, becomes incorporated under Illinois law as Eta Sigma Phi, the National Honorary Classical Fraternity
  • May 16 NY Yankee Bob Meusel steals 2nd, 3rd & home
  • May 16 US Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax
  • May 17 Chicago Cubs beat Boston Braves, 4-3, in 22 innings
  • May 17 U.S. Army aviation pioneer Major Harold Geiger dies in the crash of his Airco DH.4 de Havilland plane at Olmstead Field, Pennsylvania
  • May 18 "Slide Lake" in Gros Ventre, Wyoming, collapses
  • May 18 Grauman's Chinese Theater opens in Hollywood, California
  • May 18 Ritz Hotel opens in Boston
  • May 18 Bath School Disaster, Bath MI. Andrew Kehoe blows up Bath Consolidated School killing 38 children, 2 teachers.

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May 20 At 7:40 AM, Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris, aboard Spirit of St Louis (1st non-stop flight)

  • May 20 Saudi Arabia becomes independent of Great Britain in the Treaty of Jeddah
  • May 21 Aviator Charles Lindbergh, in the Spirit of St Louis, lands in Paris after the first solo air crossing of Atlantic
  • May 22 8.3 Nan-Shan earthquake strikes Tsinghai, China, over 40,900 killed
  • May 22 Dodgers beat Phillies, 20-4

Historic InventionModel T

May 25 Henry Ford announces that he is ending production of the Model T Ford
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The 1910 Model T Ford
The 1910 Model T Ford

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May 26 Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company produce the last (and 15th million) Model T Ford / Tin Lizzie

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • May 27 Japanese military intervention in Chinese civil war

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 27 Tomáš Masaryk re-elected President of Czechoslovakia for a second time

Father of Czechoslovakia Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
Father of Czechoslovakia
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
  • May 28 Hammond scores his 1,000th cricket run of the season after 22 days

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May 30 Walter Johnson records 110th last shutout (pitching an entire game and not allowing the opposition to score) of his career, the most in Major League Baseball history

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: George Souders wins in 5:07:33.022 (156.983 km/h)
  • May 31 Tiger 1st baseman Johnny Neun makes an unassisted triple play