May 1927 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 1st British airliner to serve cooked meals (Imperial Airways)
  • May 2 International Economic Conference (52 countries including USSR) opens
  • May 2 Pulitzer prize awarded to Louis Bromfield (Early Autumn)
  • May 2 U.S. Supreme Court's "Buck v. Bell", permits forced sterilizations of various "unfits" by states' authorities where such surgeries are practiced for eugenic reasons
  • May 4 1st balloon flight over 40,000 feet (Scott Field, Illinois)
  • May 4 Nicaragua agrees to a US supervised presidential election in 1928
  • May 7 Angelos Sikelianos organizes the first Delphic Festival in Delphi to celebrate the ancient Greek Delphic ideal.
  • May 7 SF Municipal Airport (Mills Field) dedicated
  • May 9 Canberra replaces Melbourne as the capital of Australia, and the Australian Parliament convenes there for the first time.
  • May 11 Louis B Mayer forms Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • May 13 "Black Friday" on Berlin Stock Exchange
  • May 14 Cap Arcona is launched at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg
  • May 14 The University of Chicago's local collegiate organization, Phi Sigma, becomes incorporated under Illinois law as Eta Sigma Phi, the National Honorary Classical Fraternity
  • May 16 US Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax
  • May 17 U.S. Army aviation pioneer Major Harold Geiger dies in the crash of his Airco DH.4 de Havilland plane at Olmstead Field, Pennsylvania
  • May 18 "Slide Lake" in Gros Ventre, Wyoming, collapses
  • May 18 Bath School Disaster, Bath MI. Andrew Kehoe blows up Bath Consolidated School killing 38 children, 2 teachers.
  • May 18 Ritz Hotel opens in Boston, Massachusetts

Historic Event

May 20 At 7:40 AM, Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris, aboard Spirit of St Louis in the 1st solo nonstop transatlantic flight

Treaty of Interest

May 20 Treaty of Jeddah is signed between the United Kingdom and Ibn Saud recognizing the independence of the Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd, the forerunner of Saudi Arabia

  • May 21 Aviator Charles Lindbergh, in the Spirit of St Louis, lands in Paris after the first solo air crossing of Atlantic
  • May 22 8.3 Nan-Shan earthquake strikes Tsinghai, China, over 40,900 killed

Model T

May 25 Henry Ford announces that he is ending production of the Model T Ford

Historic Event

May 26 Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company produce the last (and 15th million) Model T Ford / Tin Lizzie

  • May 27 Japanese military intervention in Chinese civil war

Election of Interest

May 27 Tomáš Masaryk re-elected President of Czechoslovakia for a second time


Birthdays in History

  • May 8 Ian Denholm, Scottish shipping CEO (Murray Investment Trust), born in Kilmacolm, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • May 8 Philip Wilkinson, British bank executive (National Westminster Bank) (d. 2007)
  • May 9 John McDermott, Lord Justice of Appeal (Northern Ireland)
  • May 9 Manfred Eigen, German physicist/chemist (Nobel 1967)
  • May 10 Nayantara Sahgal, Indian author
  • May 11 Anthony Hollis, British High Court Judge, (d. 2003)
  • May 11 Gene Savoy, American author, explorer, scholar and cleric (d. 2007)
  • May 11 Zilpha Keatly Snyder, American sci-fi author (Headless Cupid)
  • May 13 Clive Barnes, American drama critic (NY Times, NY Post)
  • May 14 Herbert W. Franke, Austrian writer
  • May 16 John Walford, solicitor
  • May 17 Ronald Halstead, deputy CEO (British Steel)
  • May 18 Richard Body, British politician (C), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire
  • May 20 Franciszek Macharski, Polish Cardinal, Archbishop of Krakow (1978-2005), born in Krakow (d. 2016)
  • May 21 George Levy, English antique dealer and heritage campaigner (d. 1996)
  • May 24 Martinus J Mentz, South African MP (Conservative)
  • May 24 Timothy Bevan, British lawyer and CEO (Barclays Bank) (d. 2016)
  • May 25 Robert Ludlum, American spy novelist (Bourne Identity), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • May 26 David Edgerton, American entrepreneur and founder of Burger King, born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • May 27 Bryan Cowgill, deputy chairman (Mirror Group)
  • May 27 Jan Blokker, Dutch writer/journalist (VPRO, People's Newspaper)
  • May 28 Francois Nourissier, French writer (Un petit bourgeois)
  • May 28 Norman Ireland, CEO (Bowater)
  • May 28 Robert Evans, CEO (British Gas)
  • May 29 Carl Toms, British stage designer (1 Million BC, Moon Zero Two), born in Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1999)
  • May 29 Dick Hillenius, Dutch biologist and writer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1987)
  • May 29 Trevor Holdsworth, English CEO (National Power), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England (d. 2010)
  • May 30 Evelyn Wesler Zemel, American author (American Glass Animals)
  • May 31 James Eberle, British admiral, director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs)
  • May 31 Michael Sandberg, British CEO (Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp)

Weddings in History

Ernest Hemingway

May 10 1954 Nobel Prize winner in Literature Ernest Hemingway (27) weds journalist Pauline Pfeiffer (31)

Deaths in History

  • May 2 Ernest Starling, British physiologist (Frank–Starling law of the heart), dies at 61
  • May 5 Charles Boissevain, Dutch editor of Amsterdam Algemeen Handelsblad (1885-1908), dies at 84
  • May 11 Juan Gris, Spanish cubist painter, dies at 40
  • May 17 Harold Geiger, U.S. Army aviation pioneer (b. 1884)
  • May 18 Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer (Bath School disaster), commits suicide at 55 after killing his wife and blowing up a school
  • May 25 Payne Whitney, American businessman (b. 1876)
  • May 28 Boris Kustodiev, Russian painter (b. 1878)
  • May 28 Georges Eekhoud, Belgian writer (Belgian Kempen), dies at 73