May 1933 in History

Events in History

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May 2 In Germany, Adolf Hitler bans trade unions

  • May 3 Nellie T Ross the 1st female director of the US Mint takes office

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May 4 Pulitzer prize awarded to Archibald MacLeish (Conquistador)

  • May 6 Italy & USSR sign trade agreement

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May 8 Mahatma Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India

  • May 9 Spanish anarchists call for general strike
  • May 10 Deutsche Arbeitsfront (DAF) forms
  • May 10 Nazis stage public book burnings in Germany
  • May 10 Paraguay declares war on Bolivia
  • May 10 Suriname worker's union leader A de Come banished to Netherlands
  • May 12 Federal Emergency Relief Administration & Agricultural Adjustment Administration form to help the needy & farmers
  • May 15 1st voice amplification system to be used in US Senate
  • May 16 Cecil Travis becomes 1st player to get 5 hits in his 1st game

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May 17 Vidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort form Nasjonal Samling, the national-socialist party of Norway

  • May 18 Around 5,000 forced deportees in the Soviet Union arrive on Nazino Island; within thirteen weeks most of them will be dead due to disease, cannibalism and violence

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May 18 Tennessee Valley Act (TVA) Act signed by FDR, to build dams

  • May 21 Mount Davidson Cross, San Francisco, lit by FDR via telegraph
  • May 22 First modern sighting of the Loch Ness Monster by Aldie and John Mackay saw "something resembling a whale"
  • May 22 World Trade Day/National Maritime Day 1st celebrated
  • May 26 2nd emergency Dutch government of Prime Minister Hendrikus Colijn forms
  • May 27 Austrian communist party banned
  • May 27 Century of Progress Exposition opens in Chicago
  • May 27 Federal Securities Act signed

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May 27 Martin Heidegger gives his inaugural rectoral address on “The Self-Assertion of the German University”, taken by some take as supporting the Nazi regime

  • May 30 Patent on invisible glass installation

Birthdays in History

  • May 10 Barbara Taylor Bradford, author

Louis FarrakhanLouis Farrakhan (89 years old)

May 11 American religious leader (Nation of Islam, Million Man March), born in New York City

  • May 12 Andrey Voznesensky, Russian poet, born in Moscow, Soviet Union (d. 2010)
  • May 13 Sid Morrison, American politician (Rep-R-WA, 1981-93), born in Yakima, Washington
  • May 18 Bernadette Chirac, French politician and wife of President Jacques Chirac, born in Paris, France
  • May 18 H. D. [Haradanahalli Doddegowda] Deve Gowda, Indian politician, Prime Minister of India (1996-97), born in Haradanahalli, Kingdom of Mysore
  • May 23 Bruce A Peterson, US test pilot (M2, HL-10)
  • May 23 Gerrit J M Braks, Dutch minister of agriculture & land & fishing (CDA)
  • May 24 Aharon Lichtenstein, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, born in Paris (d. 2015)
  • May 24 Christopher Staughton, British Lord Justice of Appeal (d. 2014)
  • May 24 Jane Byrne, American politician and 50th Mayor of Chicago, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • May 24 Joaquín Vaquero Turcios, Spanish painter, born in Madrid (d. 2010)
  • May 24 Tony Mullett, dir-general (National Criminal Intelligence Service)
  • May 28 Philip Otton, high court judge
  • May 30 Sid Mark [Fliegelman], American disc jockey and 'Frank-ophile' (The Sounds of Sinatra, 1960-2022), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 2022)

Deaths in History

  • May 13 Paul Ernst, German writer, dies at 67
  • May 21 John Henry Mackay, Scottish German author (Der Schwimmer), dies at 69
  • May 25 James E. Kelly, American sculptor "Sculptor of American History", dies at 77
  • May 26 Horatio Bottomley, British financier and politician (b. 1860)
  • May 27 Jean de Merode, Belgian lieutenant colonel, Grand Marshal of the Court of Belgium, and Prince de Merode, dies at 65