Historical Events in May 1895

  • May 6 21st Kentucky Derby: Soup Perkins aboard Halma wins in 2:37.50
  • May 7 In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention - the world's first radio receiver. In the former Soviet Union the anniversary of this day is celebrated as Radio Day.
  • May 8 China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki
  • May 17 W G Grace completes his 100th 100 v Somerset at Bristol
  • May 20 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)
  • May 24 Henry Irving becomes 1st theatrical knight
  • May 25 20th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Belmar wins in 1:50.5

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May 25 Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for gross indecency

Writer/Poet Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
  • May 25 The Republic of Formosa is formed, with Tang Ching-sung as the president.
  • May 27 British inventor Birt Acres patents film camera/projector
  • May 30 W G Grace scores his 1,000th Cricket run of the season after 22 days