May 1897 in History

Events in History

  • May 4 Fire in Paris bazaar at Rue Jean Goujon kills 200
  • May 12 1800-1900 year old fossil of "girl of Yde" found in Drente, Netherlands
  • May 12 Battle at Thessalie: Turkish army beats Greece
  • May 14 Great Britain signs treaty with Emperor Menelik II of Abyssinia
  • May 15 The Greek army retreats with heavy losses in the Greco-Turkish War.

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May 17 The first successful submarine that can run submerged for any considerable distance and combines electric and gasoline engines is launched in the USA by its designer John Philip Holland

  • May 18 Paul Dukas' "L'Apprenti Sorcier Pruimtabak on the Market" premieres

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May 18 "Dracula", by Irish author Bram Stoker is published by Archibald Constable and Company in London

Novelist Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker

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May 19 Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol.

Writer/Poet Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
  • May 21 Yerkes Observatory 40" (1m) refractor used for 1st time
  • May 22 The Blackwall Tunnel, London, under the River Thames was officially opened

Birthdays in History

  • May 3 V K Krishna Menon, India, minister of defense
  • May 6 Paul Alverdes, German writer (Pfeiferstube)
  • May 10 Ewart Maurice Levy, 2nd Baronet
  • May 10 Einar Gerhardsen, Prime minister of Norway (d. 1987)
  • May 11 Izak W van der Merwe, [Boerneef], South African writer (Tweetalige Woordeboek)
  • May 11 Robert E. Gross, American businessman (d. 1961)
  • May 14 Ed Ricketts, American marine biologist (d. 1948)
  • May 17 Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)
  • May 19 Frank Luke, American World War I pilot (d. 1918)
  • May 20 Diego Abad de Santillán, Spanish anarchist (d. 1983)
  • May 22 Robert Neumann, Austrian/British author (Waters of Babylon)
  • May 27 John Douglas Cockroft, English physicist (Radar, Nobel 1951)

Deaths in History

  • May 10 Andrés Bonifacio, Filipino revolutionary leader (b. 1863)
  • May 12 Ulrika "Minna" Cant-Johnstown, Finnish playwright, dies at 53
  • May 12 Willem Roelofs, painter/lithographer, dies
  • May 23 Aleko Konstantinov, Bulgarian writer (To Chicago & Back), dies at 34