What Happened in May 1874

Historical Events

  • May 5 Dutch 2nd Chamber passes child labor law
  • May 9 Victoria Embankment, in London opens
  • May 9 The first horse-drawn bus makes its début in the city of Mumbai, plying two routes.
  • May 12 US Assay Office in Helena, Montana, authorized
  • May 13 Pope Pius IX encyclical "On Greek-Ruthenian rite"
  • May 14 1st admission charge at a football game, Harvard beats Uni of McGill (Montreal) 3-0
  • May 16 1st recorded dam disaster in US (Williamsburg, Mass)
  • May 26 2nd Preakness: William Donohue aboard Culpepper wins in 2:56.5
  • May 29 Present constitution of Switzerland takes effect

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Romaine Brooks (born Beatrice Romaine Goddard), American painter , born in Rome, Italy
  • May 3 Francois Coty, Corsica, Corsican senator/perfume maker
  • May 3 V. Walfrid Ekman, Swedish oceanographer (d. 1954)
  • May 10 Moses Schorr, Polish rabbi, senator, historian and orientalist (d. 1941)
  • May 12 Clemens Freiherr von Pirquet, Austrian physician (Reaction of Pirquet)
  • May 13 Henry Clough-Leiter, composer
  • May 19 Gilbert Laird Jessop, cricketer (The Croucher)
  • May 20 Folkert E Posthuma, Dutch minister of Agriculture/Industry
  • May 22 Daniel François Malan, Prime Minister of South Africa (1948-54) who began the implementation of apartheid, born in Riebeek-Wes, Cape Colony (d. 1959)
  • May 22 Francesco Paolo Neglia, composer
  • May 26 Henry Farman, French aviation pioneer (double decker)
  • May 27 Dustin Farnum, US, actor (Squaw Man, Virginian) [or 1870]
  • May 27 Richard von Schaukal, Austria poet/writer (Eros Thanatos)
  • May 29 G. K. Chesterton [Gilbert Keith], English writer (Man Who Made Gold), born in London, England

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Vilem Blodek, composer, dies at 39