Historical Events in May 1884

  • May 1 Construction begins on Chicago 1st skyscraper (10 stories)
  • May 1 Moses Walker became 1st African American player in major league baseball in US
  • May 1 Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States.
  • May 13 Institute for Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) forms in New York
  • May 14 Anti-Monopoly party forms in US
  • May 16 10th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Buchanan wins in 2:40.25
  • May 17 Alaska becomes a US territory
  • May 19 Ringling Brothers circus premieres
  • May 22 1-armed pitcher Hugh Daily fanned 13 hitters
  • May 23 12th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Knight of Ellerslie wins in 2:39.5
  • May 24 Anti-Monopoly party & Greenback Party forms People's Party in US

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May 26 Fred Spofforth takes 7-34 & 7-3 v England XI in 4 hours

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
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Fred Spofforth
  • May 29 1st steam cable trams start in highgate
  • May 31 Dr John Harvey Kellogg patents "flaked cereal"