What Happened in May 1871

Historical Events

  • May 4 1st baseball league game (National Association of Baseball Players), (Ft Wayne 2, Cleveland 0) Deacon Jim White gets 1st hit, a double
  • May 8 British-US treaty ends Alabama dispute
  • May 10 Peace of Frankfurt-am-Main concluded between France & Germany ends Franco-Prussian war
  • May 12 Segregated street cars integrated in Louisville, Kentucky

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 17 Native American fighter General William T. Sherman escapes from the Comanches in an ambulance

  • May 21 -July 28] French regular troops attack Commune of Paris; 17,000 die
  • May 28 Paris communards revolt put down

Famous Birthdays

  • May 4 Mynona, Polish writer (The Creator), born in Gołańcz, Poland (d. 1946)
  • May 5 Alberto Cametti, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1935)
  • May 6 August Reusner, German composer, born in Löwenberg, Silesia (d. 1935)
  • May 6 Christian Morgenstern, German poet (Ich und die Welt), born in Munich (d. 1914)
  • May 6 Victor Grignard, French chemist (Nobel 1912 - development of the Grignard reaction), born in Cherbourg, France (d. 1935)
  • May 11 Frank Schlesinger, American astronomer (d. 1943)
  • May 17 Henk Bremmer, Dutch art historian (Modern Kunstwerken), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1956)
  • May 18 Franiska [Franny] zu Reventlow, German writer and feminist, born in Husum, Germany (d. 1918)
  • May 19 Reginald Aldworth Daly, Napanee Ontario, Canadian-American Geologist who independently developed the theory of magmatic stopping
  • May 23 Sigurd Lie, Norwegian composer and conductor, born in Drammen (d. 1904)
  • May 26 Camille Huysmans, Belgian premier (1946-47), born in Bilzen, Belgium (d. 1968)
  • May 27 Georges-Henri Rouault, Fr expressionist painter (Miserere et Guerre)
  • May 30 Olga Engl, Austrian actress (Phantom), born in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1946)

Famous Deaths

  • May 7 Louis Papineau, political reformer, dies
  • May 11 John Herschel, cataloguer of southern hemisphere stars, dies at 79
  • May 12 Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber, French opera composer, dies at 89
  • May 12 John F W Herschel, British astronomer (Catalogue of Nebulae), dies
  • May 24 Francisco Salvador Daniel, composer, dies at 40
  • May 26 Aime Maillart, composer, dies at 54