May 1890 in History

Events in History

  • May 2 Territory of Oklahoma created
  • May 6 Mormon Church renounces polygamy [1006-Truth Restored (Morman pub)]
  • May 12 Louisiana legalized prize fighting
  • May 13 Lord Salisbury offers Helgoland to Germany in exchange for Zanzibar, Uganda & Equatoria
  • May 17 Clyde Fitch's "Beau Brummel" premieres in NYC
  • May 17 Comic Cuts, 1st weekly comic paper, published in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 Caprivi succeeds Bismarck as chancellor of Germany

German Statesman Otto Von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto Von Bismarck
  • May 24 Geo Train & Sam Wall circle world in record 67 days, Tacoma-Tacoma
  • May 24 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
  • May 30 1st Dodger home run (Dave Foutz)

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 E[dward] E[lmer] "Doc" Smith, US, sci-fi author (Triplanetary), (d. 1965)
  • May 3 B. Traven, (German?) writer (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) whose real identity is disputed (possible date)
  • May 5 Christopher Morley, author (Kitty Foil)
  • May 11 Woodall Rodgers, mayor of Dallas, Texas (d. 1961)
  • May 15 Katherine Anne Porter, US, novelist (Ship of Fools)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 19 Ho Chi Minh [Nguyễn Sinh Cung], Vetnamese communist revolutionary and President of North Vietnam (1946-69), born in Nghệ An Province, French Indochina (d. 1969)

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • May 23 Virginia Eames, Ft Davis TX, entertainer
  • May 26 Kurt Edzard, German sculptor (nudes/portraits)

Deaths in History

  • May 7 James Nasmyth, Scottish Engineer and Inventor of the steam hammer, dies at 81