Sunday the 15th. Cold + dull. It rained very hard in the morning. It is Mrs. Parker’s birthday + they were all coming up here but on account of the sudden death of a friend of the family could not do so we went for a short ride after 4 o’clock + got caught in a thunder shower. It rained every day last week + rained hard too. + also this week.
NOTES + EXPLANATIONS
ON MAY 10, 1927 (TUESDAY)
- Sending a pistol by United States mail became illegal as a new law took effect.
- The popular hymn Shall We Gather at the River? was recorded for the first time, by the Dixie Sacred Singers
ON MAY 11, 1927 (WEDNESDAY)
- Charles Lindbergh landed in St. Louis, 14 hours after taking off from San Diego the afternoon before. Lindbergh was “the only entrant in the Raymond Orteig $25,000 flight [contest] who plans to make the transatlantic flight alone”, and was nicknamed “The Foolish Flyer” as a result.
ON MAY 12, 1927 (THURSDAY)
- Under the direction of Scotland Yard, London police raided Arcost, Ltd., the office of the Soviet trade delegation. At 4:00 pm, telephone lines were cut and the building was sealed, with the 600 employees detained during a search. Evidence of Russian espionage was found and a break of diplomatic relations followed.
- Philip F. Labre applied for a patent for the “grounding receptacle and plug”, the three pronged plug still in use today. U.S. Patent No. 1,672,067, was granted on June 5, 1928.
ON MAY 13, 1927 (FRIDAY)
- The equity market in Germany suffered a severe price drop after Reichsbank President Hjalmar Schacht had attempted to stop price speculation. Prices continued to decline following the “Black Friday”.
- King George V issued a royal proclamation dropping the term “United Kingdom” from his title, referring to himself instead as “Georgius V, Dei Gratia Magane Britanniae, Hiberniae et terrarum transmarinarum quae in ditione iunt Britannica Rex, Fidei Defensor, Indiae Imperator” (“George V, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India”).
ON MAY 14, 1927 (SATURDAY)
- One man was killed and ten others injured when the bleachers at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia collapsed during a game between the Phillies and the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. The Phillies were leading, 12-3, after six innings, and the Cardinals had one out in the 7th, when the right field pavilion seats fell without warning.
- The German luxury liner Cap Arcona was launched from the Blohm & Voss shipyard, in Hamburg. The ship was 676 feet long and could carry 1,315 passengers, and made its first voyage on November 19. The ship was sunk on May 3, 1945 by the RAF, with 5,000 concentration camp inmates on board.
On this day in history: May 15, 1927 (Sunday)
- The civil war in Nicaragua came to an end, with President Adolfo Díaz requesting U.S. President Calvin Coolidge to supervise elections that would be “free, fair, and impartial and not open to fraud or intimidation”. With U.S. envoy Henry L. Stimson as the intermediary, Díaz and rebel leader José María Moncada had agreed to terms at Tipitapa, with Díaz to arrange elections following Moncada’s troops completing disarmament. The voting took place in October 1928, with Moncada winning the presidency.
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