Historical Events in May 1875

  • May 1 238 members of "Whiskey Ring" accused of anti-US activities
  • May 1 Alexandra Palace, London, reopens after being burnt down in 1873
  • May 7 German SS Schiller sinks near Scilly Islands, 312 killed
  • May 11 George "Charmer" Zettlein pitches the 1st 9 inning shutout
  • May 12 1st recorded shutout in pro baseball, Chicago 1, St Louis 0
  • May 16 Eathquake in Venezuela & Colombia kills 16,000
  • May 17 1st Kentucky Derby: Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75
  • May 20 International Bureau of Weights & Measures forms by treaty
  • May 28 3rd Preakness: L Hughes aboard Tom Ochiltree wins in 2:43.5
  • May 31 Reciprocity Treaty between US & Hawaii ratified