What Happened in May 1887

Historical Events

  • May 2 Gioacchino Rossini's corpse transfered to Santa Croce, Florence
  • May 2 Hannibal W Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film
  • May 9 Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London
  • May 11 13th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Lewis aboard Montrose wins in 2:39.25
  • May 13 15th Preakness: William Donohue aboard Dunboyne wins in 2:39.25
  • May 18 Emmanuel Chabrier's opera "Le Roi Malgré Luis" premieres in Paris
  • May 23 1st transcontinental train arrives in Vancouver, BC
  • May 24 Sultan Bargash of Zanzibar grants E Afr Association at East African harbors
  • May 25 Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die
  • May 26 Racetrack betting becomes legal in NY state

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Alan Gordon Cunningham, Irish/British gen/director of Palestine (1945-48)

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May 2 Eddie Collins, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (White Sox, A's) and manager, born in Millerton, New York (d. 1951)

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • May 2 Vernon Castle, English dancer (d. 1918)
  • May 5 Estelle Hemsley, Boston MA
  • May 5 Lord Geoffrey Fisher of Lambeth, archbishop of Canterbury
  • May 7 Henri Pourrat, French writer (Gaspard of the Montagnes)
  • May 9 Jules Van de Leene, Belgian writer
  • May 9 Sir Ernest de Silva, Sri Lankan Philanthropist (d. 1957)
  • May 10 Jacobus C Bloem, Dutch poet (Sintels)
  • May 11 Paul Wittgenstein, left handed pianist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1961)
  • May 12 Nandor Zsolt, composer
  • May 16 Bull Montana, Vogliera Italy, actor (Brass Buttons, Victory)
  • May 16 Jakob van Hoddis [Hans Davidsohn], German Jewish poet (d. 1942?)
  • May 18 Ernst Wiechert, writer
  • May 21 Mabel Taliaferro, American actress (Sentimental Tommy, My Love Come Back), born in NYC, New York
  • May 23 Thoralf Skolem, Norwegian mathematician (d. 1963)
  • May 24 Edward "Mick" Mannock, Irish WWI flying ace (d. 1918)
  • May 25 Pio of Pietrelcina, Catholic saint (d. 1968)
  • May 27 Emiel van der Straeten, Flemish playwright (Sudanese legends)
  • May 27 Erich Kuttner, German journalist/historian (Vorwarts)
  • May 27 Frank Woolley, cricketer (long-running England left-arm all-rounder)
  • May 28 Hank Mann, American actor (City Lights, Smoky, Dawn Trail, Fugitive Road), born in NYC, New York
  • May 30 Alexander Archipenko, Ukraine sculptor/lithographer
  • May 30 Gino Tagliapietra, composer
  • May 31 Saint-John Perse, France, poet/diplomat (Nobel 1960) [or Mar 31]

Famous Deaths

  • May 7 C. F. W. Walther, American Lutheran theologian (b. 1811)
  • May 8 Alexander Ulyanov, brother of Lenin/hanged for assassination of tsar
  • May 11 Jean Baptiste Boussingault, French chemist (b. 1802)
  • May 14 Lysander Spooner, American philosopher (b. 1808)
  • May 23 Ludwig Mathias Lindeman, composer, dies at 74
  • May 27 Coenraad J van Houten, Dutch cocoa manufacturer, dies at 86