What Happened in May 1883

Historical Events

  • May 1 "Buffalo Bill" Cody puts on his 1st Wild West Show
  • May 1 Amsterdam World's Fair opens
  • May 1 Baseball returns to Philadelphia, 1st NL game since 1876
  • May 1 NY Athletic Club hires Bob Rogers as 1st American pro sports trainer
  • May 4 John Gordon Cashmans publishes 1st edition "Vicksburg Evening Post" (Mississippi))
  • May 15 Italy signs military treaty with Austria-Hungary & Germany
  • May 17 Buffalo Bill Cody's 1st wild west show premieres in Omaha
  • May 22 Cubs' Billy Sunday's 1st at bat, begins 14 consecutive strikes out
  • May 23 9th Kentucky Derby: William Donohue aboard Leonatus wins in 2:43
  • May 23 Baseball game between one-armed & one-legged players

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May 24 Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Arthur & NY Governor Cleveland

21st US President Chester A. Arthur
21st US President
Chester A. Arthur
  • May 26 11th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Jacobus wins in 2:42.5
  • May 27 Tsar Alexander III crowned in Moscow
  • May 30 Stampede caused by a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse kills 12
  • May 31 French fleet under Pierre begins siege of Tamatave, Madagascar

Famous Birthdays

  • May 5 Charles Bender, only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame
  • May 5 Leopold Samuel, composer
  • May 5 Petar Konjovic, composer
  • May 5 Archibald Wavell, British general (d. 1950)
  • May 6 Jose Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher/author [or May 9]
  • May 7 Gino Roncaglia, composer
  • May 7 Martin Albertz, German theologist (Church Jesus Christ)
  • May 13 Henk JFM Sneevliet, leader RSAP/editor Spartacus (Dutch-Indies)
  • May 13 Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear (d. 1962)
  • May 14 Jan Olieslagers, Belgian aviation pioneer (Antwerp Devil)
  • May 14 Julian Eltinge, Mass, vaudeville star/greatest female impersonator
  • May 15 Stanley Marchant, English composer, born in London (d. 1949)
  • May 18 Walter Gropius, architect (Bauhaus school of design), born in Berlin, Germany
  • May 19 Henricus WJM Keuls, Dutch lawyer/poet (Dancing Lamp)
  • May 20 Paul Arntzenius, painter/graphic artist/etcher
  • May 23 Douglas Fairbanks, actor (The Mark of Zorro/3 Musketeers/Robin Hood), born in Denver, Colorado
  • May 26 Mamie Smith, American singer (d. 1946)
  • May 28 George Dyson, composer
  • May 28 Luigi Perrachio, composer
  • May 28 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian activist (d. 1966)
  • May 28 Clough Williams-Ellis, Welsh architect (d. 1978)
  • May 29 William Beatton Moonie, composer
  • May 30 Riccardo Zandonai, composer
  • May 31 Lauri Kristian Relander, 2nd President of Finland (d. 1942)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

May 7 US Senator Albert B. Fall (21) weds Emma Garland Morgan in Clarksville, Texas

United States Senator Albert B. Fall
United States Senator
Albert B. Fall

Famous Deaths

  • May 17 Lydia Estes Pinklham, patent-medicine manufacturer, dies
  • May 20 William Chambers, author/publisher, dies
  • May 23 Cyprian K Norwid, Polish painter/poet/playwright (Wanda), dies
  • May 24 Abdel Kadir, Algerian leader (b. 1808)
  • May 26 Abdelkader El Djezairi, Algerian leader, scholar and national hero (b.1808)
  • May 26 Edward Sabine, Irish astronomer (b. 1788)
  • May 28 August Freyer, composer, dies at 79
  • May 29 Albrecht of Prussia, mistress of John van Rossum, dies at 73
  • May 29 WFLC Marianne, princess of Orange-Nassau, dies