What Happened in May 1894

Historical Events

  • May 11 American RR Union strikes Pullman Sleeping Car Co
  • May 12 Ludwig Englander's musical "Passing Show" premieres in NYC
  • May 14 Fire in Boston bleachers spreads to 170 adjoining buildings
  • May 15 20th Kentucky Derby: Frank Goodale aboard Chant wins in 2:41
  • May 16 Fire in Boston destroys baseball stadium & 170 other buildings
  • May 17 19th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Assignee wins in 1:49.25
  • May 21 22-year-old French Anarchist Émile Henry is executed by guillotine. His last words were reputed to be "Courage, camarades! Vive l'anarchie!"
  • May 23 William Love hosts groundbreaking ceremonies for Love Canal
  • May 26 Emanuel Lasker (26) becomes World Champion chess player
  • May 30 Bobby Lowe is 1st to hit 4 HRs in 1 baseball game

Famous Birthdays

  • May 5 Kit Guard, Danish actor (El Diablo Rides, Kid Courageous)
  • May 6 Filip Lazar, Romanian composer, born in Craiova (d. 1936)
  • May 10 Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian-American film score composer and conductor (Academy Award 1954-High & Mighty), born in Kremenchuk, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1979)
  • May 11 Anton A Mussert, Dutch nazi leader (NSB)
  • May 11 Florimond Cornellie, Belgian sailor (Olympic gold 1920)
  • May 11 Martha Graham, American choreographer (Appalachian Spring), Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • May 12 Cleo Ridgely, American silent screen actress (I Remember Mama), born in NYC, New York (d. 1962)
  • May 13 Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, 2nd President of Iceland (d. 1972)
  • May 20 Adela Rogers St John, journalist/author (Foreign Correspondent)
  • May 20 Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, Indian Hindu sage, Jivanmukta (d. 1994)
  • May 25 Dirk Vansina, Flemish playwright (Verschaeve Gives Evidence)
  • May 27 Dashiell Hammett, Maryland, detective novelist (Sam Spade, Maltese Falcon)
  • May 27 Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French writer (Die Nacht), born in Courbevoie, Seine, France (d. 1961)
  • May 28 Sammy White, RI, actor (711 Ocean Drive, Sound Off)
  • May 29 Beatrice Lillie, Canadian comedian and actress (Around World in 80 Days), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1989)
  • May 29 Josef von Sternberg, Austrian director (Der blaue Engel)
  • May 30 Hubertus J van Mook, Dutch minister of Colonies (1942-45)
  • May 31 Fred Allen, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Famous Weddings

  • May 28 Belgium Princess Josephine marries Prince Karl von Hohenzollern

Famous Deaths

  • May 8 Klara Fey, German orch leaser (Die Kleinen Betrachtungen), dies at 79
  • May 21 August A Kundt, German physicist, (test of Kundt), dies at 54
  • May 21 Emile Henry, French anarchist (b. 1872)
  • May 24 William Joseph Westbrook, composer, dies at 63