May 1919 calendar

May 1919

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 1919.
The US president was Woodrow Wilson (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was David Lloyd George (Liberal), Pope Benedict XV was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on May 1919: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1919?


  • 01 May 1919 Mount Kelud (Indonesia) erupts, boiling crater lake which broke through crater wall killing 5,000 people in 104 small villages.
  • 03 May 1919 Afghanistan Emir Amanoellah begins war against Great Britain.
  • 04 May 1919 Giants play their 1st legal Sunday home game, 35,000 see Phils win 4-3
  • 05 May 1919 The League of Red Cross Societies is founded in Paris.
  • 06 May 1919 Paris Peace Conference disposes of German colonies; German East Africa is assigned to Britain and France, German Southwest Africa to South Africa.
  • 08 May 1919 Appingedam soccer team forms.
  • 09 May 1919 In Belgium, a new electoral law introduces universal manhood suffrage and gives the franchise to certain classes of women.
  • 10 May 1919 45th Kentucky Derby: Johnny Loftus aboard Sir Barton wins in 2:09.8.
  • 14 May 1919 Pope Benedictus XV publishes encyclical In hac tanta.
  • 15 May 1919 Brooklyn Dodgers score ten runs in 13th to beat Cincinnati Reds 10-0.
  • 17 May 1919 The British War Department orders use of National Star Insignia on all airplanes.
  • 19 May 1919 Mustafa Kemal Ataturk lands at Samsun on the Anatolian Black Sea coast, initiating what is later termed the Turkish War of Independence.
  • 20 May 1919 Volcano Keluit on Java, erupts killing 550.
  • 23 May 1919 The University of California opens its second campus in Los Angeles. Initially called Southern Branch of the University of California (SBUC), it is eventually renamed the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
  • 25 May 1919 Casey Stengel releases a sparrow from under his baseball cap.
  • 27 May 1919 1st transatlantic flight ends; US Navy flying boat takes 11 days
  • 29 May 1919 Einstein's theory of general relativity is tested (later confirmed) by Arthur Eddington's observation of a total solar eclipse in Principe and by Andrew Crommelin in Sobral, Ceara, Brazil.
  • 30 May 1919 By agreement with the United Kingdom, later confirmed by the League of Nations, Belgium is given the mandate over part of German East Africa (Ruanda-Urundi).
  • 31 May 1919 NC-4 aircraft commanded by AC Read completes 1st crossing of Atlantic
  • 01 May 1919 German troops enter Munich to suppress the Bavarian Soviet Republic.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in May 1919?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Till We Meet Again
  2. - A Good Man is Hard to Find
  3. - Marche Francaise
  4. - Sometime
  5. - How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree)


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?