Historical Events in May 1898

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May 1 US Admiral George Dewey commands "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley" as US route Spanish fleet at Manila

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey
  • May 3 Camp Merriman forms at Presidio (SF) (see 0517)
  • May 4 24th Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Plaudit wins in 2:09
  • May 8 The first games of the Italian Football League are played.
  • May 12 Louisiana adopts new constitution with "grandfather clause" designed to eliminate black voters
  • May 17 Camp Merritt forms in Presidio [see 0503]
  • May 19 US Congress passes the Private Mailing Card Act, allowing private publishers and printers to produce postcards though they had to be labelled "Private Mailing Cards" until 1901 and become known as "souvenir cards"
  • May 21 US Assay Office in Seattle, Washington, authorized
  • May 23 1st Philippine Expeditionary Troops sail from San Francisco
  • May 25 1st US troop transport to Manila leaves SF
  • May 26 32nd Belmont: F Littlefield aboard Bowling Brook wins in 2:32
  • May 26 SF approves City Charter, allows Municipal ownership of utilities
  • May 27 Arthur Pinero's "Trelawney of the Wells" premieres in London