May 1901 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo
  • May 3 Fire destroyed 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville, Florida
  • May 8 In their long-delayed AL home opener, Boston defeats Philadelphia 12-4
  • May 8 A British appointed commission estimates today that some 1,250,000 Indians have died after a severe drought, lasting since 1899
  • May 9 The first Australian Parliament opens in Melbourne, though the first working session will not be until 21 May
  • May 9 A financial panic begins in the USA following the struggle between two groups to control the railroads between the Great Lakes and the Pacific
  • May 12 US President McKinley visits San Francisco
  • May 16 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Priory School" (BG)
  • May 23 Indians score 9 runs after 2 outs in 9th to beat Senators 14-13
  • May 23 Ottawa Mint Act receives Royal Assent

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May 23 US captures leader of Filipino rebels, Emilio Aguinaldo

Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo
  • May 24 Seventy-eight miners die in the Caerphilly pit disaster in South Wales.
  • May 28 Laws against phosphor matches enacted (inhibition white phosphorous)
  • May 30 Hall of Fame for Great American on NYU campus dedicated
  • May 31 At the opening of the Greek National Assembly, Prince George, High Commissioner of Crete, asks it to endorse the union of Crete with Greece; the proposal is later rejected

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Antal Szerb, Hungarian author and historian (d. 1945)
  • May 2 Lev N Lunts, Russia, writer (Outside the Law, City of Truth)
  • May 2 Willi Bredel, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1964)
  • May 7 L T Coggeshall, medical scientist/ US Secretary of HEW (1956-58)
  • May 10 Albert Dondeyne, Belgian philosopher/theologist
  • May 11 Mari Sandoz, Nebraska, author (Cheyenne Autumn)
  • May 14 Robert Ritter, German psychologist (d. 1951)
  • May 15 Xavier Herbert, Australian author (d. 1984)
  • May 18 Vincent du Vigneaud, US biochemist
  • May 20 Max Euwe, Netherlands, world chess champion (1935-37)
  • May 21 Suzanne Lilar, [Verbist], France/Belgian writer (Le burlador)
  • May 22 Maurice J. Tobin, 56th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • May 27 Conrad Elvehjem, McFarland, Wisconsin, USA, American biochemist and nutrition scientist (discovered niacin)
  • May 30 Cornelia Otis Skinner, Chic, writer (When Our Hearts Were Young & Gay)

Deaths in History

  • May 4 John Jones Ross, Canadian politician (b. 1831)
  • May 13 Leopoldo Alas y Ureña, a.k.a. "Clarín", Spanish novelist and literary critic (b. 1851)
  • May 19 Marthinus Wessels Pretorius, 1st pres Rep South-Africa, dies at 81
  • May 30 Victor D'Hondt, Belgian mathematician (b. 1841)