What Happened in May 1889

Historical Events

  • May 1 2nd International Congress calls for 1st International Workers Day 1st May 1890 to mark protests in Chicago in 1886
  • May 1 Bayer introduces aspirin in powder form (Germany)
  • May 2 Abyssinian Emperor Menelik II and Italy sign Treaty of Wichale

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May 6 Exposition Universelle (World Fair) opens in Paris with the completed Eiffel Tower

Engineer and Achitect Gustave Eiffel
Engineer and Achitect
Gustave Eiffel
  • May 9 15th Kentucky Derby: Thomas Kiley aboard Spokane wins in 2:34.50
  • May 10 17th Preakness: W Anderson aboard Buddhist wins in 2:17.5
  • May 14 The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is launched in London.
  • May 18 Jules Massenet's opera "Esclarmonde" premieres in Paris

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May 28 Édouard and André Michelin incorporate the Michelin tyre company

Industrialist André Michelin
André Michelin
  • May 29 August Strindberg's "Hemsoborna" premieres in Copenhagen
  • May 31 Johnstown Flood; 2,209 die in Penn

Famous Birthdays

  • May 4 Francis J Spellman, US Cardinal
  • May 5 Herbie Taylor, cricketer (prolific South African pre- & post-WWI)
  • May 6 Arthur Morison, typographer
  • May 10 Mae Murray, Portsmouth, Virginia, American silent screen actress (d. 1965)
  • May 12 Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank
  • May 15 Bessie Hillman, founder (Almalgamated Clothing Workers of America)
  • May 16 Joan Collette, Dutch (male) painter (New Church, Delft)
  • May 17 Alfonso Reyes, Mexican poet/historian/diplomat (Higenia Cruel)
  • May 18 Gunnar Gunnarsson, Icelandic writer (The Church on the Mountain), born Fljótsdalur, Iceland (d. 1975)
  • May 18 Thomas Midgley, American chemist and inventor (d. 1944)
  • May 20 Felix Arndt, American composer, born in New York City (d. 1918)
  • May 20 Margery Allingham, detective story writer
  • May 20 William Lawther, union leader
  • May 23 José Padilla, Almería, Spanish composer and pianist (La Violetera - City Lights, Ça c'est Paris - Moulin Rouge)
  • May 23 Ernst Niekisch, German politician (d. 1967)
  • May 25 Gilardo Gilardi, composer

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May 25 Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American pioneer of aviation in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1972)

Aviator Igor Sikorsky
Igor Sikorsky
  • May 25 Sverre Jordan, composer
  • May 31 Athene Seyler, actress (Make Mine Mink), born in London, England

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 31 Pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski (38) weds baroness Helena Maria Rosen

Panist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Panist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski

Famous Deaths

  • May 9 William S. Harney, U.S. general (b. 1800)
  • May 10 Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, Russian satirist (b. 1826)
  • May 14 Volney E. Howard, American politician (b. 1809)
  • May 15 Alfred Potocki, premier Austrian/governor/viceroy of Galicia, dies
  • May 17 William Roxby Beverly, artist, dies
  • May 18 Isabella Glyn Dallas, Scottish Shakepearean actress (b. 1823)
  • May 28 Willem M d'Ablaing, lawyer, dies at 37