What Happened in May 1891

Historical Events

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May 1 Cy Young pitches 1st game played in Cleveland's League Park Cleveland Spiders 12, Cincinnati Redlegs 3

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young

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May 5 Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in New York, Tchaikovsky is guest conductor

  • May 6 Conductors on London General Omnibus Company go on strike
  • May 7 Battle in Bunyoro: Capt F Lugard stops Muslim rebellion, 300 killed

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May 11 The Otsu Scandal: While visiting Japan, Prince Nicholas (later Tsar Nicholas II) survives an assassination attempt

  • May 12 Riot against tax increase in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • May 13 17th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Kingman wins in 2:52.25
  • May 15 British Central African Protectorate (now Malawi) forms
  • May 15 Jules Massenet's opera "Griselde" premieres in Paris
  • May 15 Operations begin at Philips & Co in Holland
  • May 15 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Rerum novarum
  • May 16 George A. Hormel & Co introduces Spam
  • May 19 Rice Institute, which became Rice University, is chartered

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May 20 History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope to members of the National Federation of Women's Club

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • May 21 Boxers Peter Jackson & Jim Corbett fight to a draw in 61 rounds
  • May 31 Work on trans-Siberian railway begins

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 Tadeusz Peiper, Polish poet (d. 1969)
  • May 4 Frederick Jacobi, composer
  • May 4 Johan W F Werumeus Buning, Dutch poet (Daily Bread)
  • May 7 Harry McShane, Scottish socialist (d. 1988)
  • May 8 Chet "Red" Hoff, pitcher (NY Yankees 1911-15), lived to 103+
  • May 11 Henry Morgenthau Jr, US Secretary of Treasury (1934-45)
  • May 13 Fritz Rasp, Bayreuth Germany, actor (Diary of a Lost Girl)
  • May 14 Egon Kornauth, composer
  • May 15 Chief Nipo T Strongheart, Yakima WA, US Native American actor (Pony Soldier)
  • May 15 David Vogel, Ukraine, author (Huwelijksleven)
  • May 15 Fritz Feigl, Austria, chemist (spot tests)
  • May 15 Mikhail Bulgakov, Russia, playwright/novelist (Black Snow)
  • May 17 Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Fife (d. 1959)
  • May 18 Rudolf Carnap, philosopher (German Logical Positivist)
  • May 19 Oswald Boelcke, German World War I pilot (d. 1916)
  • May 22 Johannes R. Becher, German writer and politician, born in Munich (d. 1958)
  • May 22 Robert Gordon Sproul, educator/college pres (Univ of California)
  • May 22 Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist (d. 1963)
  • May 23 Pär Lagerkvist, Swedish writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1974)
  • May 24 Benedictus H Danser, Dutch botanist
  • May 24 William F Albright, US old testament scholar/archaeologist
  • May 25 Robert W P Peereboom, Dutch editor in chief (Haarlem Newspaper)
  • May 27 Claude Adonai Champagne, composer
  • May 30 Iman J van den Bosch, Belgian resistance fighter

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Sherlock Holmes, "dies" at Reichenbach Falls
  • May 8 Helena Petrovina Blavatsky, Russian theosophist, dies
  • May 11 A. E. Becquerel, French physicist (b. 1820)
  • May 16 Ion Brătianu, Romanian statesman (b. 1821)
  • May 23 Ignace Xavier Joseph Leybach, composer, dies at 73
  • May 26 Frederick Bowen Jewson, composer, dies at 67