What Happened in May 1875

Historical Events

  • May 1 238 members of "Whiskey Ring" accused of anti-US activities
  • May 1 Alexandra Palace, London, reopens after being burnt down in 1873
  • May 7 German SS Schiller sinks near Scilly Islands, 312 killed
  • May 11 George "Charmer" Zettlein pitches the 1st 9 inning shutout
  • May 12 1st recorded shutout in pro baseball, Chicago 1, St Louis 0
  • May 16 Eathquake in Venezuela & Colombia kills 16,000
  • May 17 1st Kentucky Derby: Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75
  • May 20 International Bureau of Weights & Measures forms by treaty
  • May 28 3rd Preakness: L Hughes aboard Tom Ochiltree wins in 2:43.5
  • May 31 Reciprocity Treaty between US & Hawaii ratified

Famous Birthdays

  • May 4 Ramiro de Maeztu y Whitney, Spanish writer (Don Quixote & Celestine)
  • May 4 Reggie Schwartz, cricketer (1st of great South African googlists)
  • May 6 William Daniel Leahy, Iowa, 5 star admiral/chief of staff (1949)
  • May 11 Harriet Quimby, American aviator (d. 1912)
  • May 18 Guido Alberto Fano, Italian composer and pianist, born in Padua (d. 1961)
  • May 23 Alfred P. Sloan, American long-time president and chairman of General Motors (d. 1966)
  • May 30 Giovanni Gentile, Italian philosopher (d. 1944)
  • May 31 Italo Montemezzi, composer

Famous Deaths

  • May 5 Jan A C A van Nispen tot Sevenaer, Dutch MP (1848-75), dies at 71
  • May 17 John C. Breckinridge, Vice President of the United States (b. 1821)
  • May 20 Amalia, wife of King Otto of Greece, dies at 58
  • May 23 Johann Wilhelm Mangold, composer, dies at 78