What Happened in May 1890

Historical Events

  • May 2 Territory of Oklahoma created
  • May 6 Mormon Church renounces polygamy [1006-Truth Restored (Morman pub)]
  • May 12 Louisiana legalized prize fighting
  • May 12 The first-ever official cricket County Championship match begins. Yorkshire beats Gloucestershire by eight wickets at Bristol. George Ulyett scores the first century in the competition.
  • May 13 18th Preakness: W Martin aboard Montague wins in 2:36.75
  • May 13 Lord Salisbury offers Helgoland to Germany in exchange for Zanzibar, Uganda & Equatoria
  • May 14 16th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Riley wins in 2:45
  • May 17 Clyde Fitch's "Beau Brummel" premieres in NYC
  • May 17 Comic Cuts, 1st weekly comic paper, published in London
  • May 17 Pietro Mascagni's opera "Rustic Chivalry" premieres in Rome at the Teatro Costanzi

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May 24 Caprivi succeeds Bismarck as chancellor of Germany

German Statesman Otto Von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto Von Bismarck
  • May 24 Geo Train & Sam Wall circle world in record 67 days, Tacoma-Tacoma
  • May 24 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
  • May 30 1st Dodger home run (Dave Foutz)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 E[dward] E[lmer] "Doc" Smith, US, sci-fi author (Triplanetary), (d. 1965)
  • May 3 B. Traven, (German?) writer (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) whose real identity is disputed (possible date)
  • May 5 Christopher Morley, author (Kitty Foil)
  • May 6 Claire Whitney, NY, silent film actress (Blind Fools, Haunted Mine)
  • May 7 Billy House, Minn, actor (Imitation of Life, Bedlam, Egg & I)
  • May 11 Woodall Rodgers, mayor of Dallas, Texas (d. 1961)
  • May 14 Alex Pompez, American baseball executive (d. 1974)
  • May 15 Katherine Anne Porter, US, novelist (Ship of Fools)
  • May 17 Philip James, composer

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May 19 Ho Chi Minh [Nguyễn Sinh Cung], Vetnamese communist revolutionary and President of North Vietnam (1946-69), born in Nghệ An Province, French Indochina (d. 1969)

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • May 20 Beniamino Gigli, Italy, tenor (Enzo-La Gioconde)
  • May 21 Albert van Raalte, conductor (AVRO-orchestra)
  • May 23 Herbert Marshall, actor (Murder, Razor's Edge, Little Foxes), born in London, England
  • May 23 Virginia Eames, Ft Davis TX, entertainer
  • May 26 Kurt Edzard, German sculptor (nudes/portraits)
  • May 27 Fritzi Brunette, American actress, born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1943)
  • May 29 Francis de Bourguignon, composer

Famous Deaths

  • May 6 Hubert Leonard, composer, dies at 71
  • May 7 James Nasmyth, Scottish Engineer and Inventor of the steam hammer, dies at 81
  • May 19 Gus Kempis, cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies of fever at 24
  • May 28 Viktor Ernst Nessler, composer, dies at 49