What Happened in May 1882

Historical Events

  • May 6 Chinese Exclusion Act: US Congress ceases Chinese immigration

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 6 Epping Forest, England, dedicated by Queen Victoria

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • May 6 Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin.
  • May 8 David Belasco's "La Belle Russe" premieres in NYC
  • May 9 Telegraph Hill RR Co (Cable Cars) in San Francisco organized
  • May 13 Toba indians killed 20 members of French expedition
  • May 15 May Laws-Tsar Alexander III bans Jews from living in rural Romania
  • May 16 8th Kentucky Derby: Babe Hurd aboard Apollo wins in 2:40.00
  • May 20 Germany/Austria-Hungary/France sign Triple Alliance
  • May 20 Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" (Gengangere) premieres in Chicago
  • May 20 St Gotthard rail tunnel between Switzerland & Italy opens
  • May 23 6" of snow falls in eastern Iowa
  • May 27 10th Preakness: T Costello aboard Vanguard wins in 2:44.5

Famous Birthdays

  • May 4 Wilhelm Lehmann, writer
  • May 5 Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist
  • May 6 Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany (d. 1951)
  • May 7 Willem Elsschot, [Alfons J de Ridder], Flemish writer (Mend)
  • May 8 Philips C Visser, Dutch explorer/diplomat

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 9 Henry J. Kaiser, American ship builder and industrialist (Liberty Ships, Jeeps, Boulder Dam), born in Sprout Brook, New York (d. 1967)

Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser
Henry J. Kaiser
  • May 9 George Barker, American painter (d. 1965)
  • May 10 Thurston Hall, actor (Roaming Lady, In Society), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 11 Joseph Marx, Austrian composer/critic
  • May 13 Georges Braque, French cubist painter and sculptor (My bicycle) who helped develop Cubism with Pablo Picasso, born in Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise (d. 1963)
  • May 18 Eduardo Fabini, composer
  • May 18 Babe Adams, American baseball player (d. 1968)
  • May 19 Mohammed Mosaddeq, Prime Minister of Iran (d. 1967)
  • May 20 Sigrid Undset, Norway, novelist (Kristin Lavransdatter, Nobel 1928)
  • May 21 Georgine M "May" Basting, actress (Hostage Rights of Aemstel)
  • May 23 James Gleason, writer/actor (Bishop's Wife, Flying Fool), born in NYC, New York
  • May 24 Creighton Hale, Cork Ireland, actor (Gorilla Man, Way Down East)
  • May 25 Harry Fox, entertainer
  • May 25 Marie Doro, American actress (d. 1956)
  • May 29 Doris Ulmann, American photographer
  • May 30 Wyndham Halswelle, Scottish runner (d. 1915)
  • May 31 S├índor Graf Festetics, Hungarian politician (d. 1956)

Famous Deaths

  • May 6 Frederick Cavendish, assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin
  • May 6 Thomas Henry Burke, assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin
  • May 13 Jules-Nicolas Crevaux, French explorer, murdered at 35
  • May 29 Vasily Perov, Russian painter (b. 1833)