On This Day

May 1924 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Admiral Paul Koundouriotis becomes President of Greece
  • May 2 Netherlands refuses to recognize USSR
  • May 3 Aleph Zadik Aleph is formed in Omaha, Nebraska by Sam Beber
  • May 4 German Republic election: fascists & communists win
  • May 5 Unions terminate Twentse textile strike
  • May 7 Peruvian Torre forms APRA, Alianza Popular Revolutionaria Americana
  • May 8 Arthur Honegger's "Pacifica 231" premieres
  • May 8 Memel territories given to Lithuania
  • May 8 Workers at Werkspoor in Amsterdam strike against 3rd wage cut

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May 10 J. Edgar Hoover appointed head of FBI

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • May 11 Cartel des Gauches wins French parliamentary election

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May 11 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Robert Frost (New Hampshire)

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May 11 Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie begin their first joint venture (later merge into Mercedes-Benz)

Automobile Engineer and Inventor Karl Benz
Automobile Engineer and Inventor
Karl Benz
  • May 16 108°F (42°C) in Blitzen, Oregon
  • May 21 Nathan Leopold & Richard Loeb kidnap and kill Bobby Franks to demonstrate their supposed intellectual superiority by committing a "perfect crime"

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May 26 US President Calvin Coolidge signs Immigration law restricting immigration

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • May 29 AEK Athens FC is established on the anniversary of the siege of Constantinople by the Turks
  • May 30 Socialist Matteotti falls in Italian parliament by fascists
  • May 31 China recognizes the USSR

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Terry Southern, writer
  • May 1 Dennis Main-Wilson, British TV and radio producer (Marty, Till Death Us Do Part), born in Dulwich, London (d. 1997)
  • May 2 Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer, born in Dadu, Pakistan (d. 2004)
  • May 3 Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet (Now and in Other Days), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 2000)
  • May 8 Tristan Jones, British sailor and author, born off Tristan da Cunha (d. 1995)
  • May 9 Bulat S Okudzjava, Russian author (Student!)
  • May 9 Gerard Wernars, Dutch graphic designer (Library stamps 1991)
  • May 11 Antony Hewish, radio astronomer
  • May 11 Eugene Dynkin, Russian mathematician
  • May 12 Alexander Esenin-Volpin, Russian mathematician
  • May 13 Harry Schwarz, South African MP and Ambassador to the US
  • May 13 Theodore Mann, American theatre producer and director
  • May 14 Sonia d’Artois, British Canadian WWII resistance agent, born in Eastchurch, Kent (d. 2014)
  • May 14 Brad Anderson, American cartoonist (Marmaduke), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 2015)
  • May 15 Jaime Garcia Terre, poet/essayist
  • May 15 Maria Koepcke, German ornithologist (d. 1971)
  • May 16 Dawda Kairaba Jawara, Gambian politician. Prime Minister (1962-70), President of Gambia (1970-94), born in Barajally, British Gambia
  • May 16 Frank F Mankiewicz, American columnist (Perfectly Clear), born in NYC, New York
  • May 17 Lord Tombs, CEO (Rolls Royce)
  • May 17 Thomas Baird, vice-admiral
  • May 18 Maya Kopitseva, Russian painter of the Leningrad school, born in Gagry, USSR (d. 2005)
  • May 20 Peter Shore, MP (Labour)
  • May 23 Michael McCrum, master (Corpus Christi College Cambridge)
  • May 26 T. Cooper Evans, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 2005)
  • May 28 Edward du Cann, British politician and Chairman of the Conservative Party (1965-67), born in Beckenham, London (d. 1997)
  • May 28 Lord Rippon, British MP
  • May 28 Reginald Eyre, solicitor/MP
  • May 31 Patricia Roberts Harris, (Rep-D),1st African American woman cabinet member, born in Mattoon, Illinois (d. 1985)

Deaths in History

  • May 1 August Cuppens, Flemish author (Limburgs Driemanschap), dies at 62
  • May 4 Edith Nesbit, British children books author (The Story of the Treasure Seekers, Five Children and It), dies at 65
  • May 6 Carel S Adama van Scheltema, poet/writer (socialism), dies at 47
  • May 8 Lev Lunts, Russian writer (Outside the Law, City of Truth), dies at 23
  • May 10 Adolfo Albertazzi, Italian writer (Amore & Amore, Top), dies at 58
  • May 15 Paul d'Estornelles de Constant, French diplomat/pacifist, dies at 71
  • May 21 Bobby Franks, American school boy killed by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, at 14
  • May 25 Lyubov Popova, Russian avant-garde artist and painter, dies at 35
  • May 25 Ashutosh Mukherjee, Bengali educator, jurist, barrister and mathematician described as the "Banglar Bagh" (Tiger of Bengal), dies abruptly at 59
  • May 29 Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid/London), dies