On This Day

Historical Events in May 1934

  • May 1 Austria signs pact with Vatican
  • May 1 Philippine legislature accepts US proposal for independence
  • May 1 Water state kingdom dismisses NSB-leader Anton Mussert
  • May 2 Nazi Germany begins People's Court
  • May 5 60th Kentucky Derby: Mack Garner aboard Cavalcade wins in 2:04
  • May 6 Red Sox score 12 runs in 4th inning including record 4 consecutive triples hit by Carl Reynolds, Moose Solters, Rick Ferrell, & B Walters
  • May 7 Princess Juliana of the Netherlands opens Juliana Canal between Maastricht and Maasbracht
  • May 7 Part of Khabarovsk becomes a Jewish Autnomous Region
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sidney Kingsley for his play "Men in White"
  • May 7 World's largest pearl (6.4 kg) found at Palawan, Philippines

Music release#1 in the Charts

May 12 "Cocktails For Two" by Duke Ellington hits #1

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • May 12 59th Preakness: Robert Jones aboard High Quest wins in 1:58.2
  • May 13 Great dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies
  • May 15 US Department of Justice offers $25,000 reward for Dillinger, dead or alive
  • May 15 Karlis Ulmanis names himself fascist dictator of Latvia

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

May 18 Jimmie Foxx hits 1st HR in Comiskey Park (Chicago) center field bleachers

MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx
  • May 18 Trans-Word Airlines (TWA) begins commercial service
  • May 19 Military coup by Colonel Damian Veltsjev in Bulgaria
  • May 19 Sherlock Holmes crossword puzzle in "Sat Review of Lit" Males who solved puzzle became members of Baker Street Irregulars
  • May 21 Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes first US city to fingerprint its citizens

ExecutionBonnie and Clyde Killed

May 23 American outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow - Bonnie and Clyde - are killed by police in an ambush near Sailes, Louisiana

Learn More
FBI photo of the car carrying Bonnie and Clyde after the shootout
FBI photo of the car carrying Bonnie and Clyde after the shootout
Learn More
  • May 23 The Auto-Lite Strike culminates in the "Battle of Toledo", a five-day melée between 1,300 troops of the Ohio National Guard and 6,000 picketers
  • May 24 Colombia & Peru sign accord about harbor city Leticia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 25 Béla Bartòk's "Enchanted Deer" premieres

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • May 26 Century of Progress Exposition reopens in Chicago
  • May 28 Jack Hobbs scores his 197th (or 199th) and last 1st class cricket century at 51 years and 163 days of age [1]
  • May 28 Near Callander, Ontario, the Dionne quintuplets are born to Olivia and Elzire Dionne, later becoming the first quintuplets to survive infancy
  • May 28 The Glyndebourne festival in Sussex, England, inaugurated
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bill Cummings wins in 4:46:05.254; average speed: 104.863 mph (168.761 km/h)