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  • Catalonia, Spain
    Monday May 3, 1937

    Spanish Civil War

    May Days

    Catalonia, Spain
    Monday May 3, 1937

    April and May saw the May Days, infighting among Republican groups in Catalonia. The dispute was between an ultimately victorious government—Communist forces and the anarchist CNT. The disturbance pleased Nationalist command, but little was done to exploit Republican divisions. After the fall of Guernica, the Republican government began to fight back with increasing effectiveness. In July, it made a move to recapture Segovia, forcing Franco to delay his advance on the Bilbao front, but for only two weeks. A similar Republican attack, the Huesca Offensive, failed similarly.




  • Nanking, Jiangsu, China
    Wednesday May 5, 1937

    Mao Zedong

    Telegramming The Military Council of The Nanking National Government

    Nanking, Jiangsu, China
    Wednesday May 5, 1937

    Although despising Chiang Kai-shek as a "traitor to the nation", on May 5, he telegrammed the Military Council of the Nanking National Government proposing a military alliance, a course of action advocated by Stalin.




  • U.S.
    Tuesday May 25, 1937

    Ronald Reagan

    Enlisted in the Army Enlisted Reserve

    U.S.
    Tuesday May 25, 1937

    After completing 14 home-study Army Extension Courses, Reagan enlisted in the Army Enlisted Reserve and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Officers' Reserve Corps of the Cavalry on May 25, 1937.




  • United Kingdom
    Thursday May 27, 1937

    Edward VIII

    Letters Patent

    United Kingdom
    Thursday May 27, 1937

    Letters Patent dated 27 May 1937 re-conferred the "title, style, or attribute of Royal Highness" upon the Duke, but specifically stated that "his wife and descendants, if any, shall not hold said title or attribute". Some British ministers advised that the reconfirmation was unnecessary since Edward had retained the style automatically, and further that Simpson would automatically obtain the rank of wife of a prince with the style Her Royal Highness; others maintained that he had lost all royal rank and should no longer carry any royal title or style as an abdicated king, and be referred to simply as "Mr Edward Windsor".




  • Berlin, Germany
    Friday May 28, 1937

    Joseph Goebbels

    Goebbels's speeches attacked the Catholic church as morally corrupt

    Berlin, Germany
    Friday May 28, 1937

    Goebbels's speech of 28 May in Berlin in front of 20,000 party members, which was also broadcast on the radio, attacked the Catholic church as morally corrupt.




  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 28, 1937

    Winston Churchill

    Baldwin resigned and was succeeded as Prime Minister by Neville Chamberlain

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 28, 1937

    In May 1937, Baldwin resigned and was succeeded as Prime Minister by Neville Chamberlain.




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