What Happened in May 1880

Historical Events

  • May 18 6th Kentucky Derby: George Lewis aboard Fonso wins in 2:37.5
  • May 28 8th Preakness: L Hughes aboard Grenada wins in 2:40.5
  • May 31 League of American Wheelmen (1st US bicycle association), forms in Newport RI

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Conrad Weiss, German writer/poet (Tantum dic verbo)
  • May 6 Baron W Edmund, Archangel & Ironside, British fieldmarshal
  • May 12 Lincoln Ellsworth, led 1st transarctic, transantarctic flights
  • May 12 W Hupkes, engineer/director (Dutch Rail 1938)
  • May 14 Wilhelm List, German field marshal (d. 1971)
  • May 15 Otto Dibelius, German theologist/bishop (Confessional Church)
  • May 16 Julian Tannen, NY, comedian (Great Moment)
  • May 19 Allard R Hulshoff, architect of Amsterdam (1924)
  • May 21 Pablo Luna y Carne, composer
  • May 21 Tudor Arghezi, Romanian writer (d. 1967)
  • May 25 Jean Alexandre Barré, French neurologist who helped identify the Guillain-Barré-Strohl syndrome, born in Nantes, France (d. 1967)
  • May 29 Oswald Spengler, Germany, philosopher (Decline of West)

Famous Weddings

  • May 16 British writer Mary Anne Evans, (pen name George Eliot), aged 60 marries John Cross, 20 years her junior

HeartWedding of Interest

May 19 Novelist Robert Louis Stevenson (29) weds Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne (40) in San Francisco


Famous Deaths

  • May 3 Jonathan Homer Lane, American astrophysicist who mathematically analyzed the Sun as a gaseous body, dies at 60
  • May 4 Edward Clark, Governor of Texas (b. 1815)
  • May 8 Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (b. 1821)
  • May 9 Johann Hermann Berens, composer, dies at 54
  • May 10 John Goss, English composer and organist (Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven), dies at 79
  • May 16 Karl August Krebs, composer, dies at 76
  • May 20 Eugene LFC prince the Ligne, Belgian prince of Ambise, dies at 76
  • May 22 Heinrich WA Freiherr von Gagern, German liberal politician, dies at 80
  • May 26 John Curwen, English Congregationalist minister and founder of Tonic sol-fa music system, dies at 63
  • May 31 Hippolyte Mège-Mouriés, French chemist and inventor of margarine, dies at 62