What Happened in May 1870

Historical Events

  • May 10 Jem Mace & defends his heavyweight crown against Irish champ Joe Coburn, it lasts 1 hr & 17 minutes, & neither is struck by a punch
  • May 12 Manitoba becomes a province of Canada
  • May 20 Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament abolishes capital punishment in The Netherlands
  • May 24 Memoria of Jackson Kemper, 1st Missionary Bishop in US
  • May 25 Irish Fenians raid Eccles Hill, Quebec
  • May 31 Congress passes 1st Enforcement Act (rights of blacks)
  • May 31 E J DeSemdt patents asphalt pavement

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein (d. 1948)
  • May 4 Alexandre Benois, Russian artist (d. 1960)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 6 Amadeo Giannini, American banker and entrepreneur (founded Bank of America), born in San Jose, California (d. 1949)

Banker and Entrepreneur Amadeo Giannini
Banker and Entrepreneur
Amadeo Giannini
  • May 6 John McCutcheon, cartoonist (Pulitzer Prize-1931)
  • May 14 Zygmunt Denis Antoni Stojowski, composer
  • May 19 Albert Fish, American serial killer (d. 1936)
  • May 24 Benjamin Cardozo, American jurist (d. 1938)
  • May 24 Jan Christiaan Smuts, Prime Minister of South Africa and proponent of Commonwealth & League of Nations (d. 1950)
  • May 27 Lionel Palairet, British cricketer (elegant England bat in the Golden Age), born in Grange-over-Sands, Lancashire, England (d. 1933)

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Francisco Solano Lopez, fieldmarshal/president of Paraguay
  • May 6 James Young Simpson, Scottish obstetrician who popularized chloroform for medicinal use, dies at 58
  • May 14 Ramon Vilanova y Barrera, composer, dies at 69
  • May 30 Gustave Vogt, French composer, dies at 89