On This Day

Events in History in May 1936

Historic Event

May 1 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie leaves Ethiopia as Italy invades

Historic Event

May 1 FBI's J. Edgar Hoover arrests gangster Alvin "Creepy" Karpis

  • May 2 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and family flee Abyssinia
  • May 3 French People's Front wins elections
  • May 4 Pulitzer prize awarded to Harold L Davis (Honey in the Horn)
  • May 5 Edward Ravenscroft patents screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip
  • May 5 Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa
  • May 9 1st KLM airplane to land on Bonaire
  • May 9 Italy takes Addis Abba, annexing Absynnia (Ethiopia)

Election of Interest

May 10 Manuel Azaña elected the second President of the Spanish Republic

  • May 10 Nahas Pasja becomes premier of Egypt
  • May 13 Quiroga government takes office in Spain

Historic Event

May 15 Amy Johnson arrives in Croydon, England having flown from South Africa in a record 4 days and 16 hours

  • May 16 1st British air hostess Daphne Kearley flies to France
  • May 21 Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover's severed genitals in her hand. Her story soon becomes one of Japan's most notorious scandals.
  • May 22 Aer Lingus (Aer Loingeas) is founded by the Irish government as the national airline of the Republic of Ireland
  • May 24 Dutch bishops forbid membership of Nazi party
  • May 25 The Remington Rand strike, led by the American Federation of Labor, begins
  • May 26 1st government of Zealand in Belgium ends
  • May 27 RMS Queen Mary leaves Southampton for NY on maiden voyage

On Computable Numbers

May 28 Alan Turing submits "On Computable Numbers" for publication, in which he set out the theoretical basis for modern computers.