On This Day

May 1906 in History

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 2 Tsar Nicolas II of Russia dismisses his moderate Prime Minister Witte and appoints Ivan Goremykin, a conservative bureaucrat

  • May 3 British-controlled Egypt takes Sinai peninsula from Turkey
  • May 6 "Temporary" permit to erect overhead wires on Market Street, San Francisco allows United Railroads to run electric streetcars
  • May 6 Tsar Nicolas II of Russia claims right to legislate by decree and restricts the power of the Duma (Russian Parliament)
  • May 10 Russian Duma (Parliament) meets for 1st time
  • May 10 Italian King Victor Emmanuel & Swiss President Ludwig Forrer open Simplon tunnel
  • May 13 Bezalel Art School opens in Jerusalem
  • May 17 Switzerland's Simplon Tunnel open to rail traffic
  • May 19 Federated Boys' Club (Boys' Club of America) organizes
  • May 19 Portugal's King Carlos I names Joao Franco premier
  • May 21 Louis H Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars
  • May 21 The US and Mexico sign an agreement over distribution of the waters of the Rio Grande, increasingly diverted to the US for irrigation
  • May 22 Wright Brothers are granted a patent for their "flying machine," having applied for one 3 years earlier (patent no. 821,393)
  • May 22 A British garrison leaves Esquimalt, on the Pacific coast, after a military occupation that began in 1858: the last British soldiers stationed in Canada
  • May 26 Archaeological Institute of America forms
  • May 26 Vauxhall Bridge is opened in London, England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened

Chocolate Tycoon Milton S. Hershey
Chocolate Tycoon
Milton S. Hershey
  • May 31 Attack on King Alfonso XIII & Victoria of Battenberg in Madrid

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Horst Schumann, Nazi physician, born in Halle an der Saale, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1983)
  • May 2 Philippe Halsman, American portrait photographer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1979)
  • May 6 André Weil, French mathematician (foundational work in number theory and algebraic geometry), born in Paris (d. 1998)
  • May 6 Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (La Llamarada), born in Moca, Puerto Rico (d. 2005)
  • May 9 Eleanor Estes, author (Ginger Pye, Moffats)
  • May 11 Jacqueline Cochran, US pilot and 1st woman to break the sound barrier, born in Muscogee, Florida (d. 1980)
  • May 12 William M Ewing, US geologist/geophysicist
  • May 13 Thomas Mitchell, architect and engineer, born (d. 1996)
  • May 14 Hastings Kamuzu Banda, president of Malawi (1964-94)
  • May 16 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuela, writer/minister (Lanzas Coloradas)
  • May 16 Nicholas Beriozoff, ballet master
  • May 16 Alfred Pellan, French Canadian painter (d. 1988)
  • May 16 Margret Rey, author and illustrator (d. 1996)
  • May 17 Eric Mensforth, British pioneer in the development of the helicopter in Britain, born in Stretford, Manchester (d. 2000)
  • May 20 Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1989)
  • May 24 John Mayo, director-general (Help the Aged)
  • May 27 Robert Shone, British economist and director-general (NEDC), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire (d. 1992)

Person of interestT. H. White

May 29 T. H. White, English novelist (England Have My Bones) and author of the King Arthur novels,, born in Bombay, British India (d. 1964)

Author T. H. White
Author
T. H. White
  • May 30 Bruno Gröning, German faith healer (d. 1959)

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

May 2 US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes marries Maude Busch

Politician and US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes
Politician and US Secretary of State
James F. Byrnes

LoveWedding of Interest

May 3 Waldof Astor marries fellow American Nancy Langhorne Shaw at All Souls Church in London, England

1st Female MP in the United Kingdom Nancy Astor
1st Female MP in the United Kingdom
Nancy Astor

Deaths in History

  • May 12 Gabriel C. Wharton, American civil engineer and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 81
  • May 14 Carl Schurz, German revolutionary and statesman (b. 1829)

Person of interestHenrik Ibsen

May 23 Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright (Doll House, Peer Gynt), dies at 78

Playwright Henrik Ibsen
Playwright
Henrik Ibsen
  • May 31 Hermann Schell, German theologist (Gott und Geist), dies at 56
  • May 31 King Alfonso XIII, assassinated in Madrid
  • May 31 Victoria von Battenberg, assassinated in Madrid