What Happened in May 1901

Historical Events

  • May 1 Detroit Tigers commit 12 errors against Chicago White Sox
  • May 1 Herb McFarland hit 1st grand slam in American League
  • May 1 Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo
  • May 3 Fire destroyed 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville, Florida
  • May 8 In their long-delayed AL home opener, Boston defeats Philadelphia 12-4
  • May 8 A British appointed commission estimates today that some 1,250,000 Indians have died after a severe drought, lasting since 1899
  • May 9 Cleve's Earl Moore no-hits Chicago White Sox 9 inn but loses in 10th 4-2
  • May 9 The first Australian Parliament opens in Melbourne, though the first working session will not be until 21 May
  • May 9 A financial panic begins in the USA following the struggle between two groups to control the railroads between the Great Lakes and the Pacific
  • May 12 US President McKinley visits San Francisco
  • May 16 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Priory School" (BG)
  • May 23 35th Belmont: H Spencer aboard Commando wins in 2:21
  • May 23 Indians score 9 runs after 2 outs in 9th to beat Senators 14-13
  • May 23 Ottawa Mint Act receives Royal Assent

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 23 US captures leader of Filipino rebels, Emilio Aguinaldo

Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo
  • May 24 Seventy-eight miners die in the Caerphilly pit disaster in South Wales.
  • May 28 26th Preakness: Fred Landry aboard The Parader wins in 1:47.2
  • May 28 Laws against phosphor matches enacted (inhibition white phosphorous)
  • May 30 Hall of Fame for Great American on NYU campus dedicated
  • May 31 At the opening of the Greek National Assembly, Prince George, High Commissioner of Crete, asks it to endorse the union of Crete with Greece; the proposal is later rejected

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Heinz Eric Roemheld, American film composer (d. 1985)
  • May 1 Antal Szerb, Hungarian author and historian (d. 1945)
  • May 2 Lev N Lunts, Russia, writer (Outside the Law, City of Truth)
  • May 2 Bob Wyatt, English cricket player (1927-37), born in Surrey (d. 1995)
  • May 2 Willi Bredel, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1964)
  • May 3 Gino Cervi, Bologna Italy, actor (Les Miserables, Naked Maja)
  • May 5 Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist (d. 1959)
  • May 7 Gary Cooper, Montana, actor (2 Acad Awards-Sgt York, High Noon)
  • May 7 L T Coggeshall, medical scientist/ US Secretary of HEW (1956-58)
  • May 7 Marcel Poot, Belgian baron/composer
  • May 8 Turkey Stearnes, baseball player (d. 1979)
  • May 9 Fuzzy Knight, Fairmont WV, actor (Oklahoma Annie, Cowby & the Lady)
  • May 9 George Duckworth, cricket wicket-keeper (England late 20's early 30's)
  • May 10 Albert Dondeyne, Belgian philosopher/theologist
  • May 11 Mari Sandoz, Nebraska, author (Cheyenne Autumn)
  • May 12 Hyam Greenbaum, composer
  • May 14 Robert Ritter, German psychologist (d. 1951)
  • May 15 Xavier Herbert, Australian author (d. 1984)
  • May 15 Luis Monti, Argentine-Italian footballer (d. 1983)
  • May 17 Werner Egk, Auchsesheim Germany, composer (Die Zaubergeige)
  • May 18 Harry Robert Wilson, composer
  • May 18 Henri-Pierre Sauguet, Bordeaux France, composer (La Chotte)
  • May 18 Vincent du Vigneaud, US biochemist
  • May 19 Manuel Ivo Cruz, Portuguese composer and founder of Philharmonic Orchestra of Lisbon, born in Corumbá, Brazil (d. 1985)
  • May 20 Max Euwe, Netherlands, world chess champion (1935-37)
  • May 20 Otto Waldis, Austria, actor (Port of Hell, Unknown World)
  • May 21 Horace Heidt, Alameda California, orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon)
  • May 21 Suzanne Lilar, [Verbist], France/Belgian writer (Le burlador)
  • May 22 Maurice J. Tobin, 56th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • May 23 Edmund Rubbra, Northampton England, composer (Morning Watch) [or 3/23]
  • May 24 José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (d. 1968)
  • May 25 Milenko Zivkovic, composer
  • May 27 Conrad Elvehjem, McFarland, Wisconsin, USA, American biochemist and nutrition scientist (discovered niacin)
  • May 30 Cornelia Otis Skinner, Chic, writer (When Our Hearts Were Young & Gay)
  • May 31 Alfredo Antonini, American conductor and composer (d. 1983)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 25 Russian physician, dramatist and author Anton Chekhov marries actress Olga Knipper

Author and Playwright Anton Chekhov
Author and Playwright
Anton Chekhov

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 John Jones Ross, Canadian politician (b. 1831)
  • May 13 Leopoldo Alas y Ureña, a.k.a. "Clarín", Spanish novelist and literary critic (b. 1851)
  • May 19 Marthinus Wessels Pretorius, 1st pres Rep South-Africa, dies at 81
  • May 30 Victor D'Hondt, Belgian mathematician (b. 1841)