What Happened in May 1892

Historical Events

  • May 1 US Quarantine Station opens on Angel Island, SF Bay
  • May 11 18th Kentucky Derby: Lonnie Clayton aboard Azra wins in 2:41½
  • May 14 Vitesse 1892 soccer team forms in Arnhem
  • May 19 Charles Brady King invents pneumatic hammer
  • May 19 National Society of Colonial Dames of America founded
  • May 20 George Sampson patents clothes dryer
  • May 20 Triple Alliance between Germany, Italy & Austria forms
  • May 21 Ruggero Leoncavallo's opera "I Pagliacci" premieres in Milan
  • May 22 Dr Washington Sheffield invents toothpaste tube

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 28 Sierra Club forms by John Muir in SF, for conservation of nature

Environmental Philosopher John Muir
Environmental Philosopher
John Muir

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Howard Barlow, Plain City Ohio, conductor (Voice of Firestone)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 2 Manfred von Richthofen [The Red Baron], German World War I fighter ace, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1918)

World War I Fighter Ace The Red Baron
World War I Fighter Ace
The Red Baron
  • May 3 Beulah Bondi, actress (It's a Wonderful Life), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 3 George Thomson, demonstrated electron diffraction (Nobel 1937)
  • May 7 Archibald MacLeish, Glencoe Ill, polit essayist/poet/dramatist (JB)
  • May 7 Josip Broz Tito, WW II partisan, leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80)
  • May 8 Ezio Pinza, bass singer (South Pacific, RCA Victor Show), born in Rome, Italy
  • May 9 Eric Westberg, composer
  • May 9 Zita, empress (Austria)/Queen (Hungary)
  • May 11 Margaret Rutherford, England, actress (Murder Most Foul)
  • May 12 Fritz Kortner, Austrian-born director (d. 1970)
  • May 14 Arthur Vincent Lourie, composer
  • May 14 Felix Petyrek, composer
  • May 15 Jimmy Wilde, boxer (d. 1969)
  • May 16 Coenraad B van Haeringen, linguist/etymologist (Dutch Dictionary)
  • May 16 Richard Tauber, [Ernst Seiffert], Austria/British, tenor/conductor
  • May 19 Konstatin G Paustovski, Russian author (Povestj Zjizni) [OS]
  • May 21 John Peale Bishop, US poet (This Side of Paradise)
  • May 22 Louis van Tulder, Dutch tenor (From Office Stool to High C)
  • May 27 Sara Heyblom, Dutch actress (Pygmalion, Fietsen naar de Maan)
  • May 28 Minna Gombell, actress (Bad Girl, Thin Man, Hello Sister), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • May 29 Alfonsina Storni, Argentine poet (La inquietud del rosal)
  • May 30 Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter (d. 1972)
  • May 31 Gregor Strasser, German pharmacist/NSDAP-Reich organization leader
  • May 31 Konstatin G Paustovski, Russian author (Bespokojnaja Joenostj) [NS]
  • May 31 Louis Fourestier, composer
  • May 31 Willem Ravelli, baritone singer
  • May 31 Michel Kikoine, Belarus painter (d. 1968)
  • May 31 Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky, Russian writer (d. 1968)

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Willem A Scholten, manufacturer (potatoes), dies at 89
  • May 2 Wilhelm Rust, composer, dies at 69
  • May 5 Jan Nepomuk Skroup, composer, dies at 80
  • May 5 August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (b. 1818)
  • May 6 Ernest Guiraud, composer, dies at 54
  • May 13 Jean Alexander Ferdinand Poise, composer, dies at 63
  • May 15 Arthur Hodister, British ivory seller (Heart of Darkness), murdered
  • May 16 John Banvard, painted worlds largest painting (3 mile canvas), dies
  • May 16 Theodoor J Canneel, Flemish painter, dies at 74
  • May 17 Gyorgy Klapka, Hungarian general/parliament leader, dies at 72
  • May 29 Baha'u'llah [Mirza HA Noeri], Persian founder (Baha'i), dies at 74