What Happened in May 1905

Historical Events

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May 2 French newspapers publish lists of Jules Vernes unpublished work

Novelist Jules Verne
Jules Verne
  • May 5 Robert S Abbott published 1st issue of newspaper "Chicago Defender"
  • May 8 In Russia, the Union of Unions organizes under the chairmanship of Paul Miliukov and joins liberal groups demanding parliamentary government and universal suffrage
  • May 10 31st Kentucky Derby: Jack Martin aboard Agile wins in 2:100.75

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May 13 James J Jeffries retires as boxing champion

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • May 14 2nd official international soccer match, Netherlands beats Belgium 4-0
  • May 15 Las Vegas Nevada founded
  • May 15 Pierre de Brazza reaches Leopoldville
  • May 17 Waseda U of Tokyo defeats LA High School 5-3 in baseball
  • May 19 Tom Jenkins beats Frank Gotcha for heavyweight wrestling champ
  • May 22 Royal Academy in Delft Holland becomes Technical High School
  • May 24 39th Belmont: Eugene Hildebrand aboard Tanya wins in 2:08
  • May 26 A pogrom against Jews in Minsk, Belorussia
  • May 27 30th Preakness: W Davis aboard Cairngore wins in 1:45.8
  • May 27 Japanese fleet destroys Russian East Sea fleet in Straits of Tushima
  • May 29 Pogrom against Jewish community in Brisk Lithuania

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May 31 Emperor Wilhelm II lands in Tanger

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Leila Hyams, actress (Big House, Ruggles of Red Gap), born in NYC, New York
  • May 1 Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet PM (1980-85)
  • May 1 Paul Desruisseaux, French Canadian lawyer, businessman and politician (d. 1982)
  • May 3 Albrecht Luitpold G Ferdinand Michael Wittelsbach, duke of Bavaria
  • May 3 Sebastian Lewis Shaw, actor (High Season, Ace of Spades, Caste)
  • May 4 Mátyás Seiber, Budapest Hungary, composer (Scherzando)
  • May 5 Arnold Meijer, Dutch leader of fascist Dutch National/Black Front
  • May 5 Robert Houben, Belgian CVP-minister of Public health (1958)
  • May 6 Norman De Tar, composer
  • May 6 [Bernard] Toots Shor, raconteur/restauranteur (Toots Shor)
  • May 8 Inglis Gundry, Wimbledon, British composer
  • May 8 Red Nichols, American musician (d. 1965)
  • May 10 Angus Paton, civil engineer
  • May 10 Markos Vamvakaris, Greek rebetiko musician and songwriter (d. 1972)
  • May 11 Marjorie Sykes, peace campaigner
  • May 14 Jean Daniélou, French cardinal (d. 1974)
  • May 15 Joseph Cotten, Virginia, actor (3rd Man, Airport 77, Hearse)
  • May 16 H[erbert] E[rnest] Bates, novelist (Feast for July, Love for Lydia)
  • May 16 Henry Fonda, Grand Is Nebraska, actor (Mr Roberts, On Golden Pond)
  • May 17 John Patrick, American screenwriter and playwright (Pulitzer Prize 1954), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • May 18 Eric Zeisl, Austrian American composer, born in Vienna (d. 1959)
  • May 18 Hedley Verity, cricketer (terrific slow lefty for England pre-WW II)
  • May 20 Gerrit Achterberg, Dutch poet (Sailing)
  • May 20 Harry Campion, statistician/founder (British Central Statistical Office)
  • May 20 John Emery, American actor (Ship Ahoy, Kronos), born in New York City (d. 1964)
  • May 21 Edward Lockspeiser, composer
  • May 24 Mikhail Sholokhov, USSR, writer (And Quiet Flows the Don, Nobel 1965)
  • May 24 Zdenek Blazek, composer
  • May 25 Joseph C Harsch, newscaster (Background), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • May 26 Hans Holewa, Austrian-born Swedish composer, born in Vienna (d. 1991)
  • May 29 Fela Sowande, composer
  • May 29 Jan [Johannes] Teulings, Dutch actor/director (That Joyous Eve)
  • May 29 Sebastian Shaw, Holt England, actor (Return of Jedi, Chimera)
  • May 31 Roy Peaches Davis, baseball pitcher
  • May 31 Florence Desmond, English actress and comedian (d. 1993)

Famous Deaths

  • May 9 Ernst Pauer, Austrian composer and pianist, dies at 78
  • May 23 Martinus W van AA Meerbeke, head-editor (Time), dies at 75
  • May 26 Alphonse de Rothschild, French banker, dies
  • May 29 Leon Francis Victor Caron, composer, dies at 55