On This Day

What Happened in May 1876

Historical Events

  • May 2 Ross Barnes hit 1st home run in National League
  • May 2 The April Uprising breaks out in Bulgaria
  • May 10 Centennial Fair opens in Philadelphia
  • May 13 Amersfoort-Zutphen railway in the Netherlands opens
  • May 15 2nd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Swim aboard Vagrant wins in 2:38.25

Historic Event

May 17 7th US Cavalry under General George Armstrong Custer leaves Fort Lincoln

  • May 25 1st tie in NL history (Athletics & Louisville, 2-2 in 14)
  • May 25 4th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Shirley wins in 2:44.75
  • May 26 HMS Challenger returns from 128,000-km oceanographic exploration
  • May 30 Ottoman sultan Abd-ul-Aziz is deposed and succeeded by his nephew Murat V.

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 Bert Hopkins, Australian cricket fast bowler (20 Tests, 26 wickets), born in Young, Australia (d. 1931)
  • May 3 E. B. Dwyer, Australian-born cricketer (Sussex), born in Redfern, Australia (d. 1912)
  • May 10 Ivan Cankar, Slovene author, poet, novelist and playwright (Erotika, The Bailiff Yerney and His Rights), born in Vrhnika, Carniola, Austrian Empire (d. 1918)
  • May 12 Harold, grandson of English queen Victoria
  • May 13 Raoul Laparra, French composer (Alyssa), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1943)
  • May 17 Alban Collignon, Belgian sport journalist, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1955)
  • May 19 William King Gregory, Greenwich Village New York, American palaeontologist (mammalian teeth, evolutionary theory)
  • May 20 John Owen Jones, composer
  • May 26 Jack Root, Czech-American boxer (First world light heavyweight champion 1903), born in Frahelž, Bohemia, Czech Republic (d. 1963)
  • May 27 Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, Polish writer (Lenin: God of the Godless), born in Ludza, Russian Empire (d. 1945)
  • May 29 Jan Ingenhoven, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Breda (d. 1951)

Famous Deaths

  • May 7 William Buell Sprague, American clergyman and author (b. 1795)
  • May 7 Franz Graf von Pocci, German founding director of the Munich Marionette Theatre (Punch and Judy), poet, and illustrator of children's literature (Viola Tricolor: In Picture and Rhyme), dies at 69
  • May 8 Truganini, last originating Tasmanian, dies
  • May 12 Henri-François-Alphonse Esquiros, French poet and writer (Evangile du peuple), dies at 63
  • May 12 Georgi Benkovski, Bulgarian revolutionary, brutally killed by the Turks (b. 1843)
  • May 19 Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer, Dutch statesman and historian, dies at 74
  • May 20 Harold, grandson of English queen Victoria, dies at 8 days old
  • May 20 Khristo Botev, Bulgarian poet, dies
  • May 24 Henry Kingsley, English/Australian writer, dies at 46
  • May 26 Frantisek Palacky, Czech historian/MP, dies at 77
  • May 27 Joseph Bosworth, lexicographer/scholar, dies