May 1878 in History

Events in History

  • May 2 US stops minting 20 cent coin
  • May 14 Vaseline is granted a patent (U.S. Patent 127,568)
  • May 19 Blanche Kelso Bruce appointed register of treasury by President Garfield
  • May 23 Atty John Henry Smyth named US minister to Liberia
  • May 24 CA Parker (Harvard) wins 1st American bike race, Beacon Park Boston
  • May 31 German battleship SMS Grosser Kurf├╝rst sinks, 284 killed
  • May 31 US Congress accepts decrease in dollar circulation

Birthdays in History

  • May 10 Gustav Stresemann, German chancellor (1923, Nobel 1926)
  • May 11 Jan Machiel Reyskens, oldest male resident of the Netherlands, (d. 1990 aged 111)
  • May 21 Glenn Hammond Curtiss, US, inventor (hydroplane)
  • May 21 Louis L H de Visser, Dutch MP (CPN)
  • May 24 Lillian Moller Gilbreth, engineer (CIOS Gold Medal-1954)
  • May 28 Paul Pelliot, French sinologist (d. 1945)

Deaths in History

  • May 14 Ookubo Toshimichi, Japanese statesman, samurai, and one of the three great nobles who led the Meiji Restoration (b. 1830)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 28 John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, British Prime Minister (Whig: 1846-52 and 1865-66), dies at 85

British Prime Minister John Russell
British Prime Minister
John Russell