On This Day

Historical Events in May 1938

Music releaseMusic Recording

May 2 American singer Ella Fitzgerald records "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" with Chick Webb and His Orchestra

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

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May 2 Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for his play "Our Town"

Playwright and Writer Thornton Wilder
Playwright and Writer
Thornton Wilder
  • May 3 Concentration camp at Flossenburg goes into use
  • May 3 Lefty Grove defeats Tigers 4-3 for 1st of record 20 consecutive wins at his home field Fenway Park; he doesn't lose there until May 12 1941

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May 3 Vatican recognizes Franco-Spain

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • May 4 Douglas Hyde (a protestant) becomes 1st president of Eire
  • May 5 Phillies Harold Kelleher faces 16 batters in 6th, as Cubs score 12 runs, both marks are NL records off one hurler in a single inning
  • May 6 Dutch writer Maurits Dekker sentenced to 50 days for "offending a friendly head of state" (Adolf Hitler)

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May 7 64th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Lawrin scores first of record 5 Derby wins

Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Eddie Arcaro
Racing Hall of Fame Jockey
Eddie Arcaro
  • May 7 Dutch Minister of Justice Goseling calls fugitives of Nazi-Germany "undesired strangers"
  • May 8 Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks" premieres in Washington, D.C.
  • May 10 Banning speech on anti-fascism demonstration in Amsterdam

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May 12 Arthur Honegger and Paul Claudel's oratorio "Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher" (Joan of Arc at the Stake) premieres in Basel, Switzerland

Composer Arthur Honegger
Composer
Arthur Honegger
French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc
  • May 12 Sandoz Labs begins manufacturing LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)
  • May 14 63rd Preakness: Maurice Peters aboard Dauber wins in 1:59.8
  • May 14 England soccer team beats Nazi-Germany, 6-3

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May 14 "The Adventures of Robin Hood", directed by Michael Curtiz, William Keighley and starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland is released

  • May 15 Paul-Henri Spak forms red coalition of Belgium
  • May 16 1st animal breeding society forms (NJ)
  • May 16 38 die in Terminal Hotel fire (Atlanta Ga)

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May 16 In cricket Bradman scores 278 Aust v MCC, 349 mins, 35 fours 1 six

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • May 17 US Congress approves Vinson Naval Act, which funds a two-ocean navy
  • May 17 Radio quiz show "Information Please!" debuts on NBC Blue Network
  • May 21 Batsman Don Bradman scores 143 for Australia v Surrey, in 198 mins, with 11 fours
  • May 22 Dodgers announce contracts to install lights at Ebbets Field
  • May 25 Spanish Civil War: The bombing of Alicante takes place, with 313 deaths.
  • May 26 US House of Representatives Committee on un-American Activities forms
  • May 27 Cricket batting genius Don Bradman scores 145 not out for Australia v Hampshire at Southampton, completing 1,000 runs before the end of May for the second time, the only touring batsman to England ever to perform the feat
  • May 28 Foundation for Tel Aviv harbor laid

Music releaseMusic Premiere

May 28 Paul Hindemith's opera "Mathis der Maler" premieres in Zurich

Composer Paul Hindemith
Composer
Paul Hindemith
  • May 30 New York Yankees sweep arch rival Boston Red Sox, 10-0 & 5-4 in front of 83,533 at Yankee Stadium
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Floyd Roberts wins in 4:15:58.362; average speed: 117.200 mph (188.615 km/h)
  • May 30 Walter Piston's dance work, The Incredible Flutist, written for the Boston Pops Orchestra, which premieres it, Arthur Fiedler conducting
  • May 31 Bill Edrich scores his 1,000th run of cricket season, all at Lord's