On This Day

May 1925 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Cyprus becomes a British Crown Colony
  • May 2 Kezar Stadium opens in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park
  • May 4 League of Nations conference on arms control & poison gas usage

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 5 Dayton teacher John T. Scopes arrested for teaching evolution in Tennessee

Teacher Convicted for Teaching Evolution John T. Scopes
Teacher Convicted for Teaching Evolution
John T. Scopes
  • May 5 Afrikaans is established as an official language in South Africa.
  • May 8 French colonial army beats Rifkabylen in Morocco
  • May 9 Cornerstone for Hebrew University, Jerusalem, laid
  • May 10 To control demonstrations against foreigners, British troops in Shanghai fire into a crowd, leading to a boycott against British goods
  • May 11 Communist Party of Holland splits
  • May 11 Kara-Kalpak Autonomous Region constituted in RSFSR
  • May 12 Uzbekistan & Kirgizistan become autonomous Soviet republics

Book releaseHistoric Publication

May 14 Virginia Woolf's novel "Mrs Dalloway" is published by The Hogarth Press

  • May 21 George Lloyd, Baron Lloyd of Dolobran, becomes British High Commissioner in Egypt
  • May 21 Roald Amundsun leaves Spitsbergen with 2 seaplanes to North Pole
  • May 30 British mariners shoot on demonstrators
  • May 30 Peter DePaolo became 1st man to average over 100 mph at Indy
  • May 30 In China protests erupt against the Great Powers infringing on Chinese sovereignty.

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Scott Carpenter, American astronaut (Mercury 7-Aurora 7), born in Boulder, Colorado (d. 2013)
  • May 4 Peter Blum, Afrikaan poet (Capricorn), born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1990)
  • May 4 Maurice R. Greenberg, American businessman and CEO of American International Group (AIG), born in NYC, New York
  • May 5 Leo Ryan, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1978)
  • May 5 Mykola Plaviuk, Ukrainian president (1978-81), born in Rusiv, Ukraine (d. 2012)
  • May 6 Patrick Meaney, British businessman and CEO (Rank Organization), born in Wandsworth, London (d. 1992)
  • May 8 Ali Hassan Mwinyi, 2nd President of Tanzania (1985-1995) and the 3rd President of Zanzibar (1984-85), born in Kivure, Pwani Region, British Tanganyika
  • May 8 Charles Jauncey, Baron Jauncey of Tullichettle, Scottish judge and advocate, born in Edinburgh (d. 2007)
  • May 9 Peter Leng, Master General of the Ordnance
  • May 10 Edward Fursdon, British Maj-Gen (defense council)
  • May 11 Rhodes Boyson, British politician and author (Black Papers), born in Haslingden, Lancashire (d. 2012)
  • May 11 Edward J. King, 66th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 2006)
  • May 11 William Glasser, psychiatrist (reality therapy, choice theory), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • May 12 John Simon, American author, literary and theater critic (NY Times), born in Subotica, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
  • May 15 Jos Jacobs, Flemish director (Madonna of Nedermunster)
  • May 15 Mary Lyon, English geneticist (X-chromosome inactivation), born in Norwich, Norfolk (d. 2014)
  • May 16 Bobbejaan Schoepen, Belgian entertainer
  • May 16 Nancy Roman, American, NASA's first chief of astronomy 'Mother of the Hubble', born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2018)

Person of interestMalcolm X

May 19 Malcolm X [Little], African American human rights activist and Muslim minister, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1965)

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X

Person of interestPol Pot

May 19 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (1976-79) and revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge (1963-97), born in Prek Sbauv, Kampong Thom, Cambodia (d. 1998)

Dictator and Revolutionary Pol Pot
Dictator and Revolutionary
Pol Pot
  • May 20 D French Slaughter Jr, (Rep-R-VA, 1985- )
  • May 22 Jean Tinguely, Swiss sculptor artist (movement objects), born in Fribourg, Switzerland (d. 1991)
  • May 23 Joshua Lederberg, American molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 2008)
  • May 24 Francois J [Frank] le Roux, chief whip (South Afr Conserv Party)
  • May 27 Vere Harmsworth, 3rd Viscount Rothermere, English press magnate (The Mail on Sunday), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • May 27 Tony Hillerman, American writer (Navajo Tribal Police), born in Sacred Heart Oklahoma,
  • May 28 Bülent Ecevit, four term Turkish Prime Minister (between 1974 and 2002), born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • May 29 Sir Kenneth Couzens, British Deputy Chairman of the British Coal Board
  • May 30 Eddy Bruma, Suriname politician
  • May 30 Gerard John Toorenaar, political commissar in Amsterdam (1975-79)

Deaths in History

  • May 7 William Hesketh Lever, First Viscount Leverhulme (b. 1851)
  • May 8 Frank L. Gillespie, American founder of Supreme Life Insurance Company, dies at 48
  • May 12 Alfred Milner, British governor (Cape Colony) and colonial administrator, dies at 71
  • May 12 Amy Lowell, American imagist poet (Pulitzer Prize for Poetry) 1926, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 51
  • May 13 Boris V Savinkov, Russian writer/terrorist, dies
  • May 14 Henry Rider Haggard, British author (King Solomon's Mines, She, Dawn), dies at 68
  • May 22 John [Denton Pinkstone] French, 1st Earl of Ypres and British WWI field marshal, dies at 72
  • May 30 Arthur Moeller van den Bruck, German historian (The Third Reich), dies at 49