May 1909 in history

May 1909 events chronologically

May 13 The first Giro d'Italia starts from Milan. Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna will be the winner
May 31 The National Negro Committee, forerunner to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, convenes for the first time

Top 7 most famous people born in May 1909

May 7 Edwin H. Land an American scientist and inventor, best known as the co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation. Among other things, he invented inexpensive filters for polarizing light, a practical system of in-camera instant photography, and his retinex theory of color vision. His Polaroid instant camera, which went on sale in late 1948, made it possible for a picture to be taken and developed in 60 seconds or less
May 15 James Mason a British actor. After achieving much success in the United Kingdom , he made the transition to the United States and became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, starring in iconic films such as The Desert Fox, A Star Is Born, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Lolita, North by Northwest, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Bigger Than Life, Julius Caesar, Georgy Girl, The Deadly Affair, The Boys from Brazil, The Verdict, Murder By Decree, and Salem's Lot. He was nominated for three Academy Awards and three Golden Globes
May 16 Margaret Sullavan an American stage and film actress.
May 18 Fred Perry a championship-winning English tennis and table tennis player who won 10 Majors including eight Grand Slams and two Pro Slams. Perry won three consecutive Wimbledon Championships from 1934 to 1936 and was World Amateur number one tennis player during those three years. Prior to Andy Murray in 2013, Perry was the last British player to win the men's Wimbledon championship, in 1936 and was the last British player to win a men's singles Grand Slam title until Andy Murray won the 2012 US Open
May 19 Nicholas Winton a British humanitarian who organised the rescue of 669, mostly Jewish, children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War, in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. Winton found homes for the children and arranged for their safe passage to Britain. The British press has dubbed him the "British Schindler". On 28 October 2014 he was awarded the highest honour of the Czech Republic, the Order of the White Lion, by Czech President Miloš Zeman
May 26 Matt Busby a Scottish football player and manager, who managed Manchester United between 1945 and 1969 and again for the second half of the 1970–71 season. His managerial records and longevity at the helm of Manchester United are surpassed only by Sir Alex Ferguson
May 30 Benny Goodman an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader, known as the "King of Swing".

Top 7 most famous people died in May 1909

May 2 Manuel Amador Guerrero the first president of Panama from 20 February 1904 to 1 October 1908. He was a member of the Conservative Party
May 6 Fanny Cerrito an Italian ballet dancer and choreographer. She was a ballerina noted for the brilliance, strength, and vivacity of her dancing. She was also one of few women in the 19th century to be recognized for her talent as a choreographer
May 7 Joachim Andersen a Danish flutist, conductor and composer born in Copenhagen, son of the flutist Christian Joachim Andersen. Both as a virtuoso and as composer of flute music, he is considered one of the best of his time. He was considered to be a tough leader and teacher and demanded as such a lot from his orchestras but through that style he reached a high level
May 8 Friedrich von Holstein a statesman of the German Empire and served as the head of the political department of the German Foreign Office for more than thirty years. He played a major role in shaping foreign policy after Bismarck was dismissed in 1890
May 17 Michael Jan de Goeje a Dutch orientalist.
May 18 Isaac Albéniz a Spanish pianist and composer best known for his piano works based on folk music idioms. Many of his pieces such as Asturias , Granada, Sevilla, Cádiz, Córdoba, Cataluña, and the Tango in D are amongst the most important pieces for classical guitar. The personal papers of Isaac Albéniz are preserved, among other institutions, in the Biblioteca de Catalunya
May 18 George Meredith an English novelist and poet of the Victorian era.