Historical Events in May 1885

  • May 1 Maria "Goeie Mie" Swanenburg sentence to life for killing 27 in Netherlands
  • May 2 "Good Housekeeping" magazine is 1st published
  • May 2 Congo Free State formed by King Leopold II of Belgium
  • May 7 John E W Thompson named US minister to Haiti
  • May 8 Sarah Ann Henley survives 76-m jump from Clifton Bridge, Avon, Engl

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

May 12 Battle of Batoche: Louis Riel and the Metis defeated by Frederick Middleton, leds to collapse of Provincial Government of Saskatchewan and surrender of Riel

Politician Louis Riel
Louis Riel
  • May 14 11th Kentucky Derby: Babe Henderson aboard Joe Cotton wins in 2:37.25
  • May 15 Canadian Meti insurgent Louis Reil captured, Saskatchewan
  • May 19 1st mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn, Massachusetts)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 19 German chancellor Bismarck takes possession of Cameroon and Togoland

German Statesman Otto Von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto Von Bismarck
  • May 22 13th Preakness: Jim McLaughlin aboard Tecumseh wins in 2:49