What Happened in May 1886

Historical Events

  • May 1 US general strike for 8-hour working day begins
  • May 3 M A Maclean elected 1st mayor of Vancouver, BC
  • May 4 Haymarket riot in Chicago; bomb kills 7 policemen
  • May 5 The Bay View Tragedy occurs, as militia fire upon a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin killing seven.
  • May 8 Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells first Coca-Cola (contained cocaine)
  • May 14 12th Kentucky Derby: Paul Duffy aboard Ben Ali wins in 2:36.50
  • May 19 Camille Saint-Saëns' 3rd Symphony in C premieres
  • May 21 14th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Bard wins in 2:45
  • May 29 Chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise Coca-Cola

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Gottfried Benn, writer
  • May 3 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer (d. 1971)
  • May 5 Manuel Borguno, composer
  • May 8 Jef van Hoof, composer
  • May 9 Francis Biddle, United States Attorney General (d. 1968)
  • May 10 Karl Barth, Basel Switzerland, theologian/author (Action in Waiting)
  • May 10 Olaf Stapleton, British religious sci-fi writer (Star Maker)
  • May 10 Felix Manalo, Founder and 1st Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo (d. 1963)
  • May 12 Albert Saverys, Flemish painter
  • May 12 Hermann Grabner, composer
  • May 12 Piotr F Scharoff, Russian/Italian actor/director (Chechov)
  • May 13 Joseph Achron, Latvia/US violinist/composer (Golem suite)
  • May 17 Alfonso XIII of Spain (d. 1941)
  • May 18 Ole Windingstad, composer
  • May 24 Paul Paray, French conductor and composer (d. 1979)
  • May 25 Philip Murray, founded Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO)
  • May 25 Rash Behari Bose, leader against the British Raj in India (d. 1945)
  • May 26 Al Jolson, [Asa Yoelson], jazz singer/silent actor (Mamie, Swanee)
  • May 28 Nicolai Sokoloff, near Kiev Ukraine, conductor (Seattle Symph)
  • May 28 Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-born American mobster (d. 1954)
  • May 30 Randolph Bourne, American writer (d. 1918)

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Conrad Busken Huet, writer (Country of Rubens)
  • May 1 Heinrich Franz Daniel Stiehl, composer, dies at 56
  • May 5 Joseph Albert, German photographer (Albertotype), dies at 61

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May 15 Emily Dickinson, US poet, dies at 55

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May 17 John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer of agricultural equipment who founded Deere & Company, dies at 82

Deere & Company Founder John Deere
Deere & Company Founder
John Deere
  • May 23 Leopold von Ranke, German historian (b. 1795)