On This Day

Historical Events in May 1937

Historic Event

May 1 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Neutrality Act, banning travel on belligerent ships and imposes an arms embargo on warring nations

Historic Event

May 3 Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With The Wind"

The Age of Zeppelins

May 6 German airship Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 35 of the 97 on board and 1 on the ground

  • May 8 63rd Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on War Admiral wins 2:03.2
  • May 9 Reds beat Phillies 21-10 (Ernie Lombardi goes 6 for 6)
  • May 10 Busmen strike in London
  • May 12 St Louis Cards beat Philadelphia Phillies, 15-3

Royal Coronation

May 12 Coronation of King George VI of Great Britain (and his other realms and territories beyond the sea) at Westminster Abbey, London

  • May 15 62nd Preakness: Charley Kurtsinger aboard War Admiral wins in 1:58.4
  • May 17 Juan Negrin succeeds Largo Caballero as Spain's premier
  • May 19 John Murray and Allen Boretz's "Room Service" premieres in NYC
  • May 25 1st airmail letter to circle globe returns to NY
  • May 26 Dutch Rail NV at law forms

Baseball Record

May 27 New York Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell wins his MLB record 24th consecutive game in a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field; streak starts July 17, 1936

  • May 27 Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opens to pedestrians
  • May 28 Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opens to vehicular traffic

Election of Interest

May 28 Neville Chamberlain becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

PGA Championship

May 30 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Pittsburgh Field Club: Defending champion Denny Shute defeats Jug McSpaden in 37 holes

  • May 30 Memorial Day Massacre: Chicago Police Department shoot and kill 10 unarmed demonstrators during the "Little Steel Strike" in the United States
  • May 30 42nd Men's French Championships: Henner Henkel beats Bunny Austin (6-1, 6-4, 6-3)
  • May 30 42nd Women's French Championships: Hilde Sperling beats Simonne Mathieu (6-2, 6-4)
  • May 31 Second largest crowd in Polo Grounds history (61,756) sees Brooklyn Dodgers beat NY Giants, 10-3, ending Carl Hubbell's record consecutive-game winning streak at 24
  • May 31 1st quadruplets to finish college (Baylor University)
  • May 31 German warships bombard Almeria, Spain
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Wilbur Shaw and riding mechanic 'Jigger' Johnson win race from Ralph Hepburn by 2.16 seconds, closest finish to that point; Johnson last winning riding mechanic