What Happened in May 1873

Historical Events

  • May 1 1st US postal card issued
  • May 1 Emperor Franz Joseph opens 5th World's Exposition in Vienna

FireworksNotable Fireworks

May 1 Alexandra Palace opens on Queen Victoria's 54th birthday with a grand celebration including concerts, recitals and fireworks

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Victoria
  • May 7 US marines attack Panama
  • May 9 Der Krach: Vienna stock market crash heralds the Long Depression
  • May 12 Oscar II of Sweden-Norway is crowned King of Sweden

InventionHistoric Invention

May 20 Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent the first blue jeans with copper rivets

Fashion Designer Levi Strauss
Fashion Designer
Levi Strauss
  • May 23 1st Preakness: G Barbee aboard Survivor wins in 2:43
  • May 23 Canada's North West Mounted Police Force forms (it didn't get the "Royal" until 1904)
  • May 23 Postal cards sold in San Francisco for 1st time
  • May 24 Leo Delibes' opera "Le Roi l'a Dit" premieres in Paris

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

May 27 Heinrich Schliemann discovers "Priam's Treasure" a cache of gold and other objects in Hisarlik (Troy) in Anatolia

Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann
Archaeologist
Heinrich Schliemann

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 Nicoline Magdalene Roll Anker, Norwegian author (Kvinnen og Den), born in Møre og Romsdal, Norway (d. 1942)
  • May 3 Pavlo Skoropadsky, Ukrainian politician and general, born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 1945)
  • May 4 Joe De Grasse, Canadian film director, born in Bathurst, New Brunswick Canada (d. 1940)
  • May 7 Clarence Dickinson, American composer, born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • May 8 Henry Leveson-Gower, cricketer (England capt 1909-10 later official)

Person of interestHoward Carter

May 9 Howard Carter, British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb, born in London (d. 1939)

Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
  • May 9 Lilian Mary Baylis, manager (Old Vic & Sadler's Wells Theater)
  • May 9 Anton Cermak, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1933)
  • May 10 Carl J Eldh, Swedish sculptor
  • May 10 Jan Kalf, literary/art historian (Preservation of museums)
  • May 15 Nikolay Tcherepnin, Russian composer of ballets, born in St Petersburg, Russia [OS: 03/05]
  • May 17 Dorothy Miller Richardson, Abingdon Berkshire, novelist
  • May 17 Henri Barbusse, Asnieres France, novelist (Le Feu)
  • May 19 Federico Gerdes, composer
  • May 21 Emil Ermatinger, Swiss literature historian, born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland (d. 1953)
  • May 21 Everard Verachtert, Flemish translator (I speak beschaafd Dutch)
  • May 21 Hans Berger, German neuroscientist (d. 1941)
  • May 23 Leo Baeck, rabbi/president (World Union for Progressive Judaism)
  • May 26 C.G.N. de Vooys, Dutch translator and founder (New Taalgids), born in Gouda, Netherlands (d. 1955)
  • May 26 Olaf Gulbransson, Norwegian artist, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1958)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestDavid Livingstone

May 1 David Livingstone, British physician/explorer (Africa), dies at 60

Physician and Explorer David Livingstone
Physician and Explorer
David Livingstone
  • May 6 José Antonio Páez, President of Venezuela (1830-35), dies at 82

Person of interestJohn Stuart Mill

May 8 John Stuart Mill, English philosopher, political economist and utilitarian, dies of erysipelas at 66

Philosopher and Political Economist John Stuart Mill
Philosopher and Political Economist
John Stuart Mill
  • May 13 Kaspar Masek, composer, dies at 79
  • May 14 Gideon Brecher, Austrian physician and writer (b. 1797)
  • May 15 Alexander J Cuza, monarch of Moldavia/Romania, dies at 53
  • May 20 Sir George-Étienne Cartier, French-Canadian statesman (b. 1814)
  • May 26 August Conradi, German organist and composer, dies at 51