What Happened in May 1877

Historical Events

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May 5 Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.

Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull
Lakota Sioux Chief
Sitting Bull
  • May 7 Cincinnati Enquirer first uses term "Bullpen" to indicate foul territory
  • May 8 1st Westminster Dog Show held
  • May 9 Mihail Kog─âlniceanu reads, in the Chamber of Deputies, the Declaration of Independence of Romania. This day became the Independence Day of Romania.
  • May 12 Ottawa Rough Riders 1st outside competition vs Britannia
  • May 13 Caesar Franck's "Lesson Eolides" premieres
  • May 16 May 16, 1877 political crisis in France.
  • May 17 Edwin T Holmes installs 1st telephone switchboard burglar alarm
  • May 22 3rd Kentucky Derby: Billy Walker aboard Baden-Baden wins in 2:38
  • May 24 5th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Cloverbrook wins in 2:45.5

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 Karl Abraham, German psychoanalyst (d. 1925)
  • May 4 Arthur Lang, US, boxer/businessman (Died Aug 8, 1992 at 115)
  • May 10 Roderich Mojsisovics-Mojsvar, composer
  • May 25 Billy Murray, singer (Denver Nightengale)
  • May 26 Isadora Duncan, American free form/interpretative dancer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1927)
  • May 26 Jean Schlumberger, French writer (La Mort de Sparte)
  • May 26 Sadao Araki, Japanese general/minister of War (1931-34)

Famous Deaths

  • May 6 Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finnish poet (b. 1804)
  • May 14 John Roberts, composer, dies at 54
  • May 29 John Lothrop Motley, (History of United Netherlands), dies at 63