Historical Events in May 1873

  • May 1 1st US postal card issued
  • May 1 Emperor Franz Jozef opens 5th World's Exposition in Vienna
  • May 7 US marines attack Panama
  • May 9 Der Krach: Vienna stock market crash heralds the Long Depression.
  • May 12 Oscar II of Sweden-Norway is crowned King of Sweden.

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May 20 Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent the first blue jeans with copper rivets

Fashion Designer Levi Strauss
Fashion Designer
Levi Strauss
  • May 23 1st Preakness: G Barbee aboard Survivor wins in 2:43
  • May 23 Canada's North West Mounted Police Force forms (it didn't get the "Royal" until 1904)
  • May 23 Postal cards sold in SF for 1st time
  • May 24 Leo Delibes' opera "Le Roi l'a Dit" premieres in Paris
  • May 27 Heinrich Schliemann discovers "Priam's Treasure" a cache of gold and other objects in Hisarlik (Troy) in Anatolia