What Happened in May 1885

Historical Events

  • May 1 Maria "Goeie Mie" Swanenburg sentence to life for killing 27 in Netherlands
  • May 2 "Good Housekeeping" magazine is 1st published
  • May 2 Congo Free State formed by King Leopold II of Belgium
  • May 7 John E W Thompson named US minister to Haiti
  • May 8 Sarah Ann Henley survives 76-m jump from Clifton Bridge, Avon, Engl

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

May 12 Battle of Batoche: Louis Riel and the Metis defeated by Frederick Middleton, leds to collapse of Provincial Government of Saskatchewan and surrender of Riel

Politician Louis Riel
Louis Riel
  • May 14 11th Kentucky Derby: Babe Henderson aboard Joe Cotton wins in 2:37.25
  • May 15 Canadian Meti insurgent Louis Reil captured, Saskatchewan
  • May 19 1st mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn, Massachusetts)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 19 German chancellor Bismarck takes possession of Cameroon and Togoland

German Statesman Otto Von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto Von Bismarck
  • May 22 13th Preakness: Jim McLaughlin aboard Tecumseh wins in 2:49

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Hedda Hopper, American gossip columnist (d. 1966)
  • May 5 Henri Velge, 1st chairman (Belgian Council of State)
  • May 7 George "Gabby" Hayes, Wellesvile NY, actor (In Old Santa Fe, El Paso)
  • May 10 Fritz von Unruh, German writer, (d. 1970)
  • May 10 Marie Benavente, [Maria Wissink], actress (Scapegoat)
  • May 11 Joe "King" Oliver, American jazz musician (d. 1938)
  • May 14 Otto Klemperer, Breslau Germany, conductor/composer (Das Ziel)
  • May 18 Eurico Gaspar Dutra, president of Brazil (1945-50)
  • May 21 Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg, wife of Prince William of Wied (d. 1936)
  • May 22 Julio Fonseca, composer
  • May 22 Giacomo Matteotti, Italian politician (d. 1924)
  • May 24 Susan Sutherland Isaacs, English educational psychologist (d. 1948).
  • May 29 Erwin F Finlay-Freundlich, British astronomer (theory of relativity)
  • May 31 Alois Hudal, bishop, helped Nazis escape trial (d. 1963)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 5 Author Gerhart Hauptmann (22) weds Marie Thienemann

Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Aleksandar I Karadjordjevic, monarch of Serbia (1842-58), dies at 78
  • May 5 Lauro Rossi, Italian composer (I falsi monetari), dies at 73
  • May 8 Pavel Krizkovsky, composer, dies at 65
  • May 10 Edward Stephen, composer, dies at 62
  • May 10 Ferdinand Hiller, composer, dies at 73
  • May 11 Ferdinand Hiller, German pianist/composer/conductor, dies at 73
  • May 13 Juliana Horatia [Gatty] Ewing, author (Lob Lie-by-the-Fire), dies
  • May 13 Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle, German physician (b. 1809)
  • May 19 Peter W. Barlow, English engineer (b. 1809)
  • May 21 Gavril Yakimovich Lomakin, composer, dies at 73

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 22 Victor(-Marie) Hugo, French writer (Les Miserables), dies at 83

Author Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
  • May 29 Alfred von Meissner, Austria physician/writer (Ziska), dies at 63