May 1900 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Premature blast collapses mine tunnel killing 200 at Scofield, Utah

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May 2 George Bernard Shaw's "You Never Can Tell" premieres in London

  • May 5 "The Billboard" began weekly publication
  • May 8 John McGraw & Wilbert Robinson sign with Cardinals
  • May 12 Boer attack under Sarel Eloff, about 70 killed
  • May 12 Lord Roberts' troops occupy Crown city
  • May 17 British troops relieve Mafeking (Cape Colony)
  • May 17 In China, three villages within 100 miles of Peking are burned by Boxers and 60 Chinese Christians killed.
  • May 18 Britain proclaims protectorate over kingdom of Tonga
  • May 19 Great Britain annexes Tonga archipelago
  • May 19 World's longest railroad tunnel (Simplon) links Italy & Switz, opens
  • May 22 Associated Press organizes in NYC as non-profit news cooperative
  • May 22 Edwin S Votey patents pneumatic piano player
  • May 23 Associated Press News Service forms in NY
  • May 26 British troops under Ian Hamilton attack the Vaal in South Africa
  • May 27 Lord Roberts' army fights the Vaal in South Africa
  • May 28 Fire in Cincinnati nearly destroys Reds' grandstand
  • May 28 Total solar eclipse occurs
  • May 28 In China, rioters provoked by Boxers burn the Fengtai Railway Station, where many Belgians work
  • May 28 Paul Kruger, President of the Boer Republic of South Africa, flees its capital, Pretoria, and goes to Watervalboven to evade the advancing British.
  • May 29 Trademark "Escalator" registered by Otis Elevator Co
  • May 31 British troops under Lord Roberts occupy Johannesburg
  • May 31 Piet de Law captures Lt Col BE Spragges, 13th Battalion Irish Imperial Yeomanry
  • May 31 US troops arrive in Beijing, help put down Boxer Rebellion

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Ignazio Silone, Italy, novelist/politician (Bread & Wine)
  • May 5 Mervyn A Ellison, British astronomer (spectrohelioscope)
  • May 5 Dennis Gabor, electrical engineer and physicist, Nobel Prize winner
  • May 7 Bauke Tuinstra, Dutch/Frisian notary/author (Earste Keur)
  • May 13 Jos Panhuysen, author (Pornographer)
  • May 14 Hal Borland, American author (d. 1978)
  • May 14 Edgar Wind, German art historian (d. 1971)
  • May 18 Sarah Miriam Peale, US, portrait painter (Gen Lafayette-1825)
  • May 20 Lydia Cabrera, Cuban Anthropologist, born in Havana, Cuba
  • May 22 Yvonne de Gaulle, wife of Charles de Gaulle (d. 1979)
  • May 23 Hans Frank, German Nazi war criminal (d. 1946)
  • May 25 Alain Grandbois, French Canadian poet (d. 1975)
  • May 27 UƂadzimir Zylka, Belarusian poet (d. 1933)
  • May 28 Owen Aisher, president (Marley)
  • May 31 Helma Wolf-Catz, Dutch author (Undercurrent, Coral Reef)

Deaths in History

  • May 5 Ivan Aivazovsky, Russian painter (b. 1817)
  • May 18 Jean Gaspard Felix Ravaisson-Mollien, French philosopher (b. 1813)
  • May 31 James Loudon, gov-gen of Neth-Indies (1871-75), dies at 75
  • May 31 John Power, Irish baronet/whiskey manufacturer, dies in battle