What Happened in May 1900

Historical Events

  • May 1 Premature blast collapses mine tunnel killing 200 at Scofield, Utah
  • May 1 Roermond soccer team forms in Netherlands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 2 George Bernard Shaw's "You Never Can Tell" premieres in London

  • May 3 26th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Boland aboard Lieut Gibson wins in 2:06.25
  • May 5 "The Billboard" began weekly publication
  • May 8 John McGraw & Wilbert Robinson sign with Cardinals

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 11 James J Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 23 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • May 12 Boer attack under Sarel Eloff, about 70 killed
  • May 12 Lord Roberts' troops occupy Crown city
  • May 17 British troops relieve Mafeking (Cape Colony)
  • May 17 In China, three villages within 100 miles of Peking are burned by Boxers and 60 Chinese Christians killed.
  • May 18 Britain proclaims protectorate over kingdom of Tonga
  • May 19 Great Britain annexes Tonga archipelago
  • May 19 World's longest railroad tunnel (Simplon) links Italy & Switz, opens
  • May 20 2nd modern Olympic games opens in Paris (lasted 5 months)
  • May 22 Associated Press organizes in NYC as non-profit news cooperative
  • May 22 Edwin S Votey patents pneumatic piano player
  • May 23 Associated Press News Service forms in NY
  • May 24 34th Belmont: Nash Turner aboard Ildrim wins in 2:21¼
  • May 25 Eyre M Shaw, 78, becomes oldest gold medalist in Olympics
  • May 26 British troops under Ian Hamilton attack the Vaal in South Africa
  • May 27 Lord Roberts' army fights the Vaal in South Africa
  • May 28 Fire in Cincinnati nearly destroys Reds' grandstand
  • May 28 Total solar eclipse occurs
  • May 28 In China, rioters provoked by Boxers burn the Fengtai Railway Station, where many Belgians work
  • May 28 Paul Kruger, President of the Boer Republic of South Africa, flees its capital, Pretoria, and goes to Watervalboven to evade the advancing British.
  • May 29 25th Preakness: H Spencer aboard Hindus wins in 1:48.4
  • May 29 Trademark "Escalator" registered by Otis Elevator Co
  • May 31 British troops under Lord Roberts occupy Johannesburg
  • May 31 Piet de Law captures Lt Col BE Spragges, 13th Battalion Irish Imperial Yeomanry
  • May 31 Tom Hayward scores 1,000th cricket run of season (sets record 1074)
  • May 31 US troops arrive in Beijing, help put down Boxer Rebellion

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Ignazio Silone, Italy, novelist/politician (Bread & Wine)
  • May 2 Helen Morgan, singer/actress (Applause, Frankie & Johnny)
  • May 5 Charles Jewtraw, US, 500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1924)
  • May 5 Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer/conductor (Hassan gewinnt)
  • May 5 Mervyn A Ellison, British astronomer (spectrohelioscope)
  • May 7 Bauke Tuinstra, Dutch/Frisian notary/author (Earste Keur)
  • May 7 Ralph Truman, actor (Web of Evidence), born in London, England
  • May 10 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, British-American astronomer and astrophysicist who proposed that stars are composed largely of hydrogen and are not glowing balls of molten rock, born in Wendover, England (d. 1979)
  • May 12 Helene Weigel, Austria/German actress (Metropolis, Mutter Courage)
  • May 13 Jos Panhuysen, author (Pornographer)
  • May 14 Billie Dove, [Lilian Bohny], American actress (Black Pirate, Stolen Bride), born in NYC, New York
  • May 14 Leo Smit, Dutch composer who died in a Nazi extermination camp, born in Amsterdam (d. 1943)
  • May 14 Hal Borland, American author (d. 1978)
  • May 14 Edgar Wind, German art historian (d. 1971)
  • May 17 Nicolai Berezowsky, composer
  • May 18 Sarah Miriam Peale, US, portrait painter (Gen Lafayette-1825)
  • May 20 Lydia Cabrera, Cuban Anthropologist, born in Havana, Cuba
  • May 22 Yvonne de Gaulle, wife of Charles de Gaulle (d. 1979)
  • May 23 Hans Frank, German Nazi war criminal (d. 1946)
  • May 24 Lionel Conacher, Canadian athlete and politician (d. 1954)
  • May 24 Eduardo De Filippo, Italian actor and screenwriter (d. 1984)
  • May 25 Alain Grandbois, French Canadian poet (d. 1975)
  • May 27 Uładzimir Zylka, Belarusian poet (d. 1933)
  • May 28 Owen Aisher, president (Marley)
  • May 28 Tommy Ladnier, American musician (d. 1939)
  • May 31 Helma Wolf-Catz, Dutch author (Undercurrent, Coral Reef)

Famous Deaths

  • May 5 Ivan Aivazovsky, Russian painter (b. 1817)
  • May 7 Richard Storrs Willis, composer, dies at 81
  • May 18 Jean Gaspard Felix Ravaisson-Mollien, French philosopher (b. 1813)
  • May 20 Gustav Heinrich Graben-Hoffman, composer, dies at 80
  • May 31 James Loudon, gov-gen of Neth-Indies (1871-75), dies at 75
  • May 31 John Power, Irish baronet/whiskey manufacturer, dies in battle