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Historical Events in May 1929

  • May 1 Farm workers strike begins in East-Groningen
  • May 1 Police kill 19 Mayday demonstrators in Berlin

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May 2 Billie Holiday (14) and her mother are arrested for prostitution following a raid of a brothel in Harlem

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • May 3 Prussia bans anti-fascists

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 4 Lou Gehrig hits 3 consecutive HRs, Yankees 11, Tigers 9

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • May 6 AL announces it will discontinue MVP award
  • May 6 New York to San Francisco footrace begins
  • May 8 Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, incorporated into Norway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 NY Giant Carl Hubbell no-hits Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-0

Baseball Pitcher Carl Hubbell
Baseball Pitcher
Carl Hubbell

AgreementContract of Interest

May 8 Soviet government contract Albert Kahn Associates architectural firm to design the USSR's 1st tractor plant

Architect of Detroit Albert Kahn
Architect of Detroit
Albert Kahn
  • May 9 WJW-AM in Cleveland Ohio begins radio transmissions
  • May 10 54th Preakness: Louis Schaefer aboard Dr Freeland wins in 2:01.6

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

May 10 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Walter Hagen wins 4th Open title, by 6 strokes from fellow American Johnny Farrell

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • May 11 1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)
  • May 11 Dr Annie Webb Blanton forms Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Austin, Texas
  • May 12 Pulitzer prize awarded to Julia Peterkin (Scarlet Sister Mary)
  • May 15 Fire in X-ray film stock kills 125 at Crile Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio)

Silence is Golden At The First OscarsSilence is Golden At The First Oscars

May 16 1st Academy Awards: "Wings", Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor win

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Janet Gaynor, the only woman to win Best Actress for multiple roles, receives her award from Douglas Fairbanks
Janet Gaynor, the only woman to win Best Actress for multiple roles, receives her award from Douglas Fairbanks
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  • May 18 55th Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee on Clyde Van Dusen wins in 2:10.8
  • May 18 Dodgers beat Phillies 20-16 & lost 8-6 in 2nd game (record 50 runs)
  • May 19 Cloudburst causes stampede in Yankee Stadium, crushes 2 people to death

BattleDeclaration of War

May 19 Chinese warlord Feng Yuxiang declares war on Chiang Kai-shek's nationalist government

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • May 21 Automatic electric stock quotation board installed, NYC
  • May 21 Sergei Prokoviev's ballet "Prodigal Son" premieres in Paris
  • May 24 Detroit Tigers beats Chicago White Sox, 6-5, in 21 innings
  • May 28 1st all color talking picture "On With the Show" exhibited (NYC)
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Ray Keech wins in 5:07:25.458 (157.048 km/h)
  • May 31 Atlantic City Convention Center opens