Historical Events in May 1881

  • May 5 Anit-Jewish rioting in Kiev, Ukraine

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May 8 Henry Morton Stanley signs the first of many contracts with the Congolian monarch

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • May 10 Lighthouse on Ameland begins operation
  • May 11 Bedrich Smetana's opera "Libusa" premieres in Prague
  • May 12 Treaty of Bardo, Tunisia becomes a French protectorate
  • May 16 World's 1st electric tram enters service in Lichterfelder (near Berlin)
  • May 17 7th Kentucky Derby: Jim McLaughlin aboard Hindoo wins in 2:40

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May 17 Frederick Douglass appointed recorder of deeds for Washington, D.C.

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass
Abolitionist
Frederick Douglass
  • May 17 Revised version of New Testament

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May 21 American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton

Humanitarian Clara Barton
Humanitarian
Clara Barton
  • May 21 US Nation Lawn Tennis Association forms
  • May 24 Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sinks near London Ontario, 200 die
  • May 24 Turkey cedes Thessaly and Arta back to Greece.
  • May 27 9th Preakness: T Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:40.5