On This Day

Events in History in May 1938

  • May 2 Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for his play "Our Town"
  • May 3 Concentration camp at Flossenburg goes into use
  • May 3 Lefty Grove defeats Tigers 4-3 for 1st of record 20 consecutive wins at his home field Fenway Park; he doesn't lose there until May 12 1941

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May 3 Vatican recognizes Franco-Spain

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • May 4 Douglas Hyde (a protestant) becomes 1st president of Eire
  • May 6 Dutch writer Maurits Dekker sentenced to 50 days for "offending a friendly head of state" (Adolf Hitler)
  • May 7 Dutch Minister of Justice Goseling calls fugitives of Nazi-Germany "undesired strangers"
  • May 8 Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks" premieres in Washington, D.C.
  • May 10 Banning speech on anti-fascism demonstration in Amsterdam
  • May 12 Sandoz Labs manufactures LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)
  • May 15 Paul-Henri Spak forms red coalition of Belgium
  • May 16 1st animal breeding society forms (NJ)
  • May 16 38 die in Terminal Hotel fire (Atlanta Ga)
  • May 17 US Congress approves Vinson Naval Act, which funds a two-ocean navy
  • May 25 Spanish Civil War: The bombing of Alicante takes place, with 313 deaths.
  • May 26 US House of Representatives Committee on un-American Activities forms
  • May 28 Foundation for Tel Aviv harbor laid