May 1909 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Netherlands begins unity with Belgium
  • May 6 Indian nationalist Sri Aurobindo acquitted in the Alipore Bomb Case in Calcutta, India
  • May 7 Construction begins on first 100 houses in Ahuzat Bayit (Tel Aviv)
  • May 10 Winchester's Fred Toney no-hits Lexington for 17 inning
  • May 13 Christian National Labor Workers (CNV) party begins in Netherlands
  • May 17 White firemen on Georgia lroad strike to protest against hiring blacks
  • May 22 1st San Francisco fireboat, David Scannell, launched
  • May 24 Bristol University granted Royal Charter
  • May 29 Frank "Home Run" Baker's 1st career home run for Philadelphia Athletics
  • May 30 Reuben Siegel laid cornerstone of 1st home in Tel-Aviv

Conference of Interest

May 31 National Conference on the Negro holds its first meeting in United Charities Building, New York (earlier form of the NAACP)


Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Ethel Jane Cain, British telephonist and original UK Speaking Clock voice, born in England (d. 1996)
  • May 1 Yiannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, born in Monemvasia (d. 1990)
  • May 4 Jeroom Verten [Jozef Frans Vermetten], Flemish playwright, born in Berchem, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • May 5 Miklós Radnóti, Hungarian poet (Clouded Sky), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1944)

Edwin LandEdwin Land (1909-1991)

May 7 American inventor of instant photography and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut

  • May 10 Harold Collison, British trade unionist (agriculture workers), born in London (d. 1995)
  • May 11 René Bousquet, French Vichy-police chief (deported Jews), born in Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne (d. 1993)
  • May 16 Charles Wislon, principal (Glasgow University)
  • May 17 Edward Playfair, British senior civil servant, born in London (d. 1999)
  • May 19 Sir Nicholas Winton, British humanitarian ('British Schindler' - saved 669 children from Nazis), born in London (d. 2015) [1] [2]
  • May 20 Edward Moss Hutchinson, educationalist
  • May 21 François-Albert Angers, Quebec economist (d. 2003)
  • May 21 Guy de Rothschild, French banker (Rothschild Frères), born in Paris, France (d. 2007)
  • May 23 Edwin Arrowsmith, diplomat
  • May 24 Guillermo Díaz-Plaja, Spanish literary and poet (Lorca), born in Manresa, Barcelona (d. 1984)
  • May 24 Louis Fornberg, writer (d. 1957)
  • May 24 Wilbur Mills, American congressmen (Democrat-AZ: 1939-77), famous for his involvement in a sex scandal with Fanne Foxe, born in Kensett, Arkansas (d. 1992)
  • May 25 Alfred Kubel, German politician, born in Braunschweig, Germany (d. 1999)
  • May 28 John Schepens [Jean Baudoux], Flemish journalist and writer (Polyfoto)
  • May 29 Neil R. Jones, American sci-fi author (Space War, Twin Worlds), born in Fulton, New York (d. 1988)
  • May 31 Jan Lewando, British director (Marks & Spencer)

Deaths in History

  • May 5 Pauline Staegeman, German feminist, dies
  • May 8 Friedrich von Holstein, German civil servant (head of the political department of the German Foreign Office), dies at 72
  • May 10 Johannes de Koo, Dutch journalist and playwright, dies at 67
  • May 18 George Meredith, English poet & writer (Diana of Crossways), dies at 81