What Happened in May 1895

Historical Events

  • May 6 21st Kentucky Derby: Soup Perkins aboard Halma wins in 2:37.50
  • May 7 Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention - the world's first radio receiver in St. Petersberg. Celebrated as Radio Day in Russia.
  • May 8 China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki
  • May 17 W G Grace completes his 100th 100 v Somerset at Bristol
  • May 20 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)
  • May 24 Henry Irving becomes 1st theatrical knight
  • May 25 20th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Belmar wins in 1:50.5

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 25 Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for gross indecency

Writer/Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer/Poet
Oscar Wilde
  • May 25 The Republic of Formosa is formed, with Tang Ching-sung as the president.
  • May 27 British inventor Birt Acres patents film camera/projector
  • May 30 W G Grace scores his 1,000th Cricket run of the season after 22 days

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Leo Sowerby, composer (Pulitzer 1946), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • May 2 Alfred Kurella, writer
  • May 2 Peggy Bacon, Ridgefield Ct, author/illustrator (Off With Their Heads)
  • May 2 Lorenz Hart, American lyricist (d. 1943)
  • May 3 Earnest Kantorowicz, German/US historian (Laudes regiae)
  • May 3 Zoltan Korda, Hungarian/British director (Jungle Book, 4 Feathers)
  • May 3 Cornelius Van Til, philosopher and Christian apologist (d. 1987)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 6 Rudolph Valentino, Italian sheik and actor (Eagle), born in Castellaneta, Italy (d. 1926)

Silent Film Star Rudolph Valentino
Silent Film Star
Rudolph Valentino
  • May 6 Fidél Pálffy, Hungarian Nazi (d. 1946)
  • May 6 Júlio César de Mello e Souza, Brazilian writer (d. 1974)
  • May 8 Edmund Wilson, American critic/writer (Patriotic Gore)
  • May 8 Fulton J Sheen, El Paso Ill, bishop (Life is Worth Living)
  • May 8 Jose Gomez, [Joselito el Gallo], bullfighter
  • May 8 James H. "Dutch" Kindelberger, American aerospace pioneer (d. 1962)
  • May 9 Lucian Blaga, Romaniams philosopher/poet (Dogmatic Aeon)
  • May 9 Richard Barthelmess, American actor (Broken Blossoms, Noose), born in NYC, New York
  • May 11 Jan Parandowski, writer
  • May 11 William Grant Still, Woodville Mississippi, composer (Afro-American)
  • May 12 Jiddu Krishnamurti, India, philosopher (Songs of Life) [NS=May 22]
  • May 14 Lew Lehr, comedian (Stop Me if I heard this One), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 14 Renato Lunelli, composer
  • May 15 Charles Lamont, director (Abbott & Costello Go to Mars), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 15 William D. Byron, U.S. Congressman (d. 1941)
  • May 19 Albert Hay Malotte, composer
  • May 19 Cecil Gray, Scottish composer and music critic (d. 1959)
  • May 20 Reginald J "R" Mitchell, English aviation manufacturer (Spitfire)
  • May 22 Jiddu Krishnamurti, India, philosopher (Songs of Life) [OS=May 12]
  • May 24 H S T L "Stork" Hendry, cricketer (Australian all-rounder post-WWI)
  • May 24 Samuel I Newhouse, US millionaire publisher (Parade, Vogue, Glamour)
  • May 26 Dorothea Lange, US documentary photographer
  • May 26 Paul Lukas, Budapest Hungary, actor (Watch on the Rhine, Sphynx)
  • May 27 Marij Kogoj, Slovenian composer, born in Trieste (d. 1956)
  • May 30 Maurice Tate, cricketer (great England pace bowler of 20's)

Famous Deaths

  • May 11 Feliks Jaronski, composer, dies at 71
  • May 15 Joseph Whitaker, British publisher (Whitaker' Almanack), dies at 75
  • May 19 Jose J Marti y Perez, Spanish/Cuban poet (Versos sencillos), dies
  • May 21 Franz von Suppe, Austrian composer (Poet und Bauer), dies at 76
  • May 23 Franz E Neumann, German mineralogist/physicist, dies at 96
  • May 24 Joseph Quinaux, Belgian painter, dies at 73
  • May 24 Hugh McCulloch, US Treasury Secretary (1884-85, 85-69), dies at 86
  • May 25 Ahmed Djevdet Pasja, Turkish minister of Justice, dies at 73