What Happened in May 1884

Historical Events

  • May 1 Construction begins on Chicago 1st skyscraper (10 stories)
  • May 1 Moses Walker became 1st African American player in major league baseball in US
  • May 1 Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States.
  • May 13 Institute for Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) forms in New York
  • May 14 Anti-Monopoly party forms in US
  • May 16 10th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Buchanan wins in 2:40.25
  • May 17 Alaska becomes a US territory
  • May 19 Ringling Brothers circus premieres
  • May 22 1-armed pitcher Hugh Daily fanned 13 hitters
  • May 23 12th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Knight of Ellerslie wins in 2:39.5
  • May 24 Anti-Monopoly party & Greenback Party forms People's Party in US

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May 26 Fred Spofforth takes 7-34 & 7-3 v England XI in 4 hours

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Fred Spofforth
  • May 29 1st steam cable trams start in highgate
  • May 31 Dr John Harvey Kellogg patents "flaked cereal"

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Felipe Boero, composer
  • May 1 Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and racing driver (d. 1964)
  • May 2 Francois de Vries, Dutch economist
  • May 5 Wang Tjing-Wei, premier China (1932-35)

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May 8 Harry Truman, 33rd US President (D - 1945-53), born in Lamar, Missouri (d. 1972)

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • May 19 Arthur Meulemans, Belgian composer (Adriaan Brouwer) (or 5/10)
  • May 21 Manuel PĂ©rez y Curis, Uruguayan poet (d. 1920)
  • May 22 Alceo Toni, Italian composer, born in Lugo di Romagna (d. 1969)
  • May 23 Corrado Gini, Italian sociologist (d. 1965)
  • May 26 Charles Winninger, Athens Wisc, actor (Charlie Farrell Show)
  • May 27 Max Brod, Czech-born Israeli composer, writer and biographer of Kafta, born in Prague (d. 1968)
  • May 28 Edvard Benes, premier/president of Czechoslovakia (1921-22, 35-48)
  • May 28 Theo(door) van Reijn, Dutch sculptor/lithographer

Famous Weddings

  • May 1 "Poems of Passion" author Ella Wheeler Wilcox (33) weds Robert M. Wilcox in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

HeartWedding of Interest

May 3 Mechanical engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor (28) weds Louise M. Spooner

Mechanical Engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor
Mechanical Engineer
Frederick Winslow Taylor

HeartWedding of Interest

May 29 Irish writer Oscar Wilde marries Constance Lloyd at St. James Church, Paddington, London

Writer/Poet Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde

Famous Deaths

  • May 7 Judah P Benjamin, confederate minister of War, dies at 72
  • May 9 Hermanus W Witteveen, theologist, dies at 69
  • May 12 Bedrich Friedrich Smetana, Czech composer (2 Widows), dies at 60

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May 13 Cyrus Hall McCormick, American inventor (mechanical reaper), dies at 75

Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper Cyrus Hall McCormick
Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper
Cyrus Hall McCormick
  • May 17 Louis Brassin, composer, dies at 43