Historical Events in May 1879

  • May 8 George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile
  • May 10 Meteor falls near Estherville, Iowa
  • May 14 The first group of 463 Indian indentured labourers arrive in Fiji aboard the Leonidas.
  • May 16 Antonin Dvorák's "Slavic Dancing" premieres
  • May 16 Treaty of Gandamak to set up Afghan state between Russia & English
  • May 20 5th Kentucky Derby: Charlie Shauer aboard Lord Murphy wins in 2:37
  • May 21 Battle of Iquique: Chilean naval forces overcome Peruvian ships (War of the Pacific)
  • May 24 7th Preakness: L Hughes aboard Harold wins in 2:40.5
  • May 30 92°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in May
  • May 30 Gilmore Garden (NYC) renamed Madison Square Garden
  • May 30 An F4 tornado strikes Irving, Kansas, killing 18 and injuring 60.
  • May 31 1st electric railway opens at Berlin Trades Exposition

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May 31 Madison Square Garden opens in New York, named after 4th President James Madison

4th US President James Madison
4th US President
James Madison