May 1889 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 2nd International Congress calls for 1st International Workers Day 1st May 1890 to mark protests in Chicago in 1886
  • May 1 Bayer introduces aspirin in powder form (Germany)
  • May 2 Abyssinian Emperor Menelik II and Italy sign Treaty of Wichale

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May 6 Exposition Universelle (World Fair) opens in Paris with the completed Eiffel Tower

Engineer and Achitect Gustave Eiffel
Engineer and Achitect
Gustave Eiffel
  • May 14 The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is launched in London.

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May 28 Édouard and André Michelin incorporate the Michelin tyre company

Industrialist André Michelin
André Michelin
  • May 29 August Strindberg's "Hemsoborna" premieres in Copenhagen
  • May 31 Johnstown Flood; 2,209 die in Penn

Birthdays in History

  • May 4 Francis J Spellman, US Cardinal
  • May 6 Arthur Morison, typographer
  • May 12 Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank
  • May 15 Bessie Hillman, founder (Almalgamated Clothing Workers of America)
  • May 16 Joan Collette, Dutch (male) painter (New Church, Delft)
  • May 17 Alfonso Reyes, Mexican poet/historian/diplomat (Higenia Cruel)
  • May 18 Gunnar Gunnarsson, Icelandic writer (The Church on the Mountain), born Fljótsdalur, Iceland (d. 1975)
  • May 18 Thomas Midgley, American chemist and inventor (d. 1944)
  • May 20 Margery Allingham, detective story writer
  • May 20 William Lawther, union leader
  • May 23 Ernst Niekisch, German politician (d. 1967)

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May 25 Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American pioneer of aviation in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1972)

Aviator Igor Sikorsky
Igor Sikorsky

Deaths in History

  • May 9 William S. Harney, U.S. general (b. 1800)
  • May 10 Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, Russian satirist (b. 1826)
  • May 14 Volney E. Howard, American politician (b. 1809)
  • May 15 Alfred Potocki, premier Austrian/governor/viceroy of Galicia, dies
  • May 17 William Roxby Beverly, artist, dies
  • May 28 Willem M d'Ablaing, lawyer, dies at 37