Historical Events in May 1928

  • May 1 6 children die and 10 injured by hailstones in Klausenburg, Romania
  • May 1 Drunken fascist Erich Wichman attacks VARA-radio transmitter
  • May 1 Lei Day begun (a Hawaiian celebration)
  • May 1 Pitcairn Airlines (later Eastern) begins service
  • May 1 Rotterdam soccer club Black White '28 is established (2000 Women's KNVB Cup); declared bankrupt 2004
  • May 2 KPQ-AM in Wenatchee WA begins radio transmissions
  • May 3 Japanese atrocities in Jinan, China.

Historic Event

May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for "Bridge of San Luis Rey"

  • May 7 The United Kingdom lowers age of women voters from 30 to 21
  • May 10 WGY, Schenectady begins regular TV programming
  • May 11 53rd Preakness: Raymond Sonny Workman aboard Victorian wins in 2:00.2

British Golf Open

May 11 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: Walter Hagen wins 3rd of his 4 Open Championship titles, 2 strokes ahead of fellow American Gene Sarazen

  • May 11 General Electric opens 1st TV-station (Schenectady, NY)

Historic Event

May 12 Benito Mussolini announces moves to end women's suffrage in a speech to the Senate in Italy

  • May 12 Second Opium Law introduced - international law to control drugs
  • May 14 John McGraw is knocked down by a taxicab & suffers a broken leg
  • May 15 Mickey Mouse makes his 1st ever appearance in silent film "Plane Crazy"
  • May 19 "Firedamp" explodes in Mather coal mine, Pennsylvania, killing 195 of 273 miners
  • May 19 51 frogs enter 1st annual "Frog Jumping Jubilee" (Angel's Camp, California)
  • May 19 54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4
  • May 22 US Congress accept Jones-White Merchant Naval Act
  • May 23 Bomb attack on Italian embassy in Buenos Aires, 22 die

Sports History

May 24 Record 12 future Baseball Hall of Famers take the field as NY Yankees beat Philadelphia A's, 9-7 at Shibe Park; managers Miller Huggins & Connie Mack, umpire Tom Connolly also HOF'ers

  • May 24 Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole again

Historic Event

May 28 Dodge Brothers Inc and Chrysler Corporation merge

  • May 29 Fritz von Opel reaches 200 kph in experimental rocket car
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Rookie driver Louis Meyer takes first of 3 career Indy victories after 20 lap duel with Tony Gulotta and Jimmy Gleason
  • May 31 1st aerial crossing of Pacific takes off from Oakland
  • May 31 Charlie Hallows scores his 1,000th run of Cricket season