What Happened in May 1897

Historical Events

  • May 4 23rd Kentucky Derby: Buttons Garner aboard Typhoon II wins in 2:12.5
  • May 4 Fire in Paris bazaar at Rue Jean Goujon kills 200
  • May 8 22nd Preakness: T Thorpe aboard Paul Kauvar wins in 1:51¼
  • May 11 Wash Senator catcher Charlie Farrell throws out 8 attempted stealers
  • May 12 1800-1900 year old fossil of "girl of Yde" found in Drente, Netherlands
  • May 12 Battle at Thessalie: Turkish army beats Greece
  • May 14 Great Britain signs treaty with Emperor Menelik II of Abyssinia
  • May 15 The Greek army retreats with heavy losses in the Greco-Turkish War.

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May 17 The first successful submarine that can run submerged for any considerable distance and combines electric and gasoline engines is launched in the USA by its designer John Philip Holland

  • May 18 Irish Music Festival 1st held (Dublin)
  • May 18 American baseball NY Giant William (Bill) Joyce sets record of 4 triples in 1 game
  • May 18 Paul Dukas' "L'Apprenti Sorcier Pruimtabak on the Market" premieres

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May 18 "Dracula", by Irish author Bram Stoker is published by Archibald Constable and Company in London

Novelist Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker

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May 19 Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol.

Writer/Poet Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
  • May 20 37th British Golf Open: Harold Hilton shoots a 314 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club
  • May 21 Yerkes Observatory 40" (1m) refractor used for 1st time
  • May 22 The Blackwall Tunnel, London, under the River Thames was officially opened
  • May 29 31st Belmont: J Scherrer aboard Scottish Cheiftain wins in 2:23.25

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 J. Fred Coots, American songwriter (d. 1985)
  • May 3 V K Krishna Menon, India, minister of defense
  • May 6 Paul Alverdes, German writer (Pfeiferstube)
  • May 7 Kitty McKane, England, tennis (Oly-gold/2 silver/2 bronze-1920, 24)
  • May 10 Dalton Parry Conyngham, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1923)
  • May 10 Ewart Maurice Levy, 2nd Baronet
  • May 10 Einar Gerhardsen, Prime minister of Norway (d. 1987)
  • May 11 Izak W van der Merwe, [Boerneef], South African writer (Tweetalige Woordeboek)
  • May 11 Robert E. Gross, American businessman (d. 1961)
  • May 14 Sidney Bechet, US, jazz clarinetist/saxophonist/band leader
  • May 14 Ed Ricketts, American marine biologist (d. 1948)
  • May 16 Walther Geiser, composer
  • May 17 Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)

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May 18 Frank Capra, Italian-American film director (Its a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night), born in Bisacquino, Italy (d. 1991)

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
  • May 18 Jack Raine, actor (Quartet), born in London, England
  • May 19 Frank Luke, American World War I pilot (d. 1918)
  • May 20 Diego Abad de Santillán, Spanish anarchist (d. 1983)
  • May 22 Robert Neumann, Austrian/British author (Waters of Babylon)
  • May 25 Alan Kippax, cricketer (22 Tests for Australia 1924-34, brilliant bat)
  • May 27 John Douglas Cockroft, English physicist (Radar, Nobel 1951)
  • May 28 Henry Kendall, actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich & Strange), born in London, England
  • May 29 Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Brno Austria, movie composer (Violanta)
  • May 29 Ignace Lilien, composer
  • May 31 Margalo Gillmore, actress (Skirts Ahoy, High Society), born in London, England

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 William Cleaver Francis Robinson, composer, dies at 63
  • May 10 William Thomas Best, composer, dies at 70
  • May 10 Andrés Bonifacio, Filipino revolutionary leader (b. 1863)
  • May 12 Ulrika "Minna" Cant-Johnstown, Finnish playwright, dies at 53
  • May 12 Willem Roelofs, painter/lithographer, dies
  • May 21 Karol Mikuli, composer, dies at 77
  • May 23 Aleko Konstantinov, Bulgarian writer (To Chicago & Back), dies at 34