May 1886 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 US general strike for 8-hour working day begins
  • May 3 M A Maclean elected 1st mayor of Vancouver, BC
  • May 4 Haymarket riot in Chicago; bomb kills 7 policemen
  • May 5 The Bay View Tragedy occurs, as militia fires upon a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin killing seven.
  • May 8 Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells first Coca-Cola (contained cocaine)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 Chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise Coca-Cola

Pharmacist John Pemberton
John Pemberton

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 Gottfried Benn, writer
  • May 9 Francis Biddle, United States Attorney General (d. 1968)
  • May 10 Karl Barth, Basel Switzerland, theologian/author (Action in Waiting)
  • May 10 Olaf Stapleton, British religious sci-fi writer (Star Maker)
  • May 10 Felix Manalo, Founder and 1st Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo (d. 1963)
  • May 12 Albert Saverys, Flemish painter
  • May 17 Alfonso XIII of Spain (d. 1941)
  • May 25 Philip Murray, founded Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO)
  • May 25 Rash Behari Bose, leader against the British Raj in India (d. 1945)
  • May 28 Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-born American mobster (d. 1954)
  • May 30 Randolph Bourne, American writer (d. 1918)

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Conrad Busken Huet, writer (Country of Rubens)
  • May 5 Joseph Albert, German photographer (Albertotype), dies at 61

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 15 Emily Dickinson, US poet, dies at 55

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 17 John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer (founded Deere & Company) dies at 82

Deere & Company Founder John Deere
Deere & Company Founder
John Deere
  • May 23 Leopold von Ranke, German historian (b. 1795)