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Birthdays in History in May 1918

  • May 1 Gersh Budker, Russian physicist (d. 1977)
  • May 2 Frederick Archibald Warner, British diplomat, born in Blagdon, England (d. 1995)
  • May 4 Kakuei Tanaka, Japanese Prime Minister (1972-74), convicted of bribe-taking, born in Kariwa, Japan (d. 1993)
  • May 4 Thomas Mead, Australian politician and journalist, born in Randwick, Australia (d. 2004)

Person of interestZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

May 6 Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, 1st President of the United Arab Emirates, born in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, birth date disputed (d. 2004)

President of the United Arab Emirates Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
President of the United Arab Emirates
Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
  • May 9 Orville Freeman, (Sen-D-Mn)/Sec of Agriculture (1961-69), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 10 George Welch, American World War II flying ace (Medal of Honor nominee) and test pilot, born in Wawaset Park, Delaware (d. 1954)
  • May 11 Richard Feynman, American theoretical physicist, born in Queens, New York (d. 1988)

Person of interestJulius Rosenberg

May 12 Julius Rosenberg, 1st US civilian executed for espionage, born in NYC, New York

Alleged Soviet Spy Julius Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Julius Rosenberg
  • May 13 John Johnston, British diplomat (Rhodesia, Malaysia)
  • May 16 Edward Thomas, historian/intelligence expert
  • May 16 Juan Rulfo, Mexican writer (Pedro Paramo)
  • May 16 Kevin Skelton, Bishop (Lichfield)
  • May 19 Abraham Pais, Dutch-born American physicist (d. 2000)
  • May 20 Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (d. 2004)
  • May 21 Leonard Mullens, rubber physicist
  • May 22 David Land, impresario and theatre producer, born in London (d. 1995)
  • May 24 Coleman Young, 1st African American Mayor of Detroit, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1997)
  • May 27 Yasuhiro Nakasone, premier of Japan (1982-87)
  • May 30 Guadalupe "Pita" Amor, Mexican poet (d. 2000)
  • May 30 Bob Evans, American restaurateur (d. 2007)

About May 1918

How Old? 102 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Signs: Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20), Gemini (May 21 - Jun 20)