On This Day

What Happened in May 1877

Historical Events

Historic Event

May 5 Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles

  • May 7 Cincinnati Enquirer first uses term "Bullpen" to indicate foul territory
  • May 8 1st Westminster Dog Show held
  • May 9 Mihail Kog─âlniceanu reads, in the Chamber of Deputies, the Declaration of Independence of Romania. This day becomes the Independence Day of Romania.

Historic Event

May 10 US President Rutherford B. Hayes has 1st White House telephone installed, in the telegraph room

  • May 12 Ottawa Rough Riders 1st outside competition vs Britannia
  • May 13 Caesar Franck's symphonic poem "Lesson Eolides" premieres
  • May 16 May 16, 1877 political crisis in France.
  • May 17 Edwin T Holmes installs 1st telephone switchboard burglar alarm
  • May 22 3rd Kentucky Derby: Billy Walker aboard Baden-Baden wins in 2:38
  • May 24 5th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Cloverbrook wins in 2:45.5

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 Karl Abraham, German psychoanalyst, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 1925)
  • May 4 Arthur Lang, American boxer and businessman, born in Van Wert, Ohio (d. 1992)
  • May 10 Roderich Mojsisovics-Mojsvar, Austrian music educator and composer, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1954)
  • May 25 Billy Murray, Irish-American vaudeville and early recording popular music tenor, known as the 'Denver Nightengale' ("Shine On, Harvest Moon"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1954)

Isadora Duncan

May 26 Isadora Duncan, American free form/interpretative dancer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1927)

  • May 26 Jean Schlumberger, French writer (La Mort de Sparte), born in Guebwiller, Alsace-Lorraine (d. 1968)
  • May 26 Sadao Araki, Japanese general, Minister of War (1931-34), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1966)

Famous Deaths

  • May 6 Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finnish poet (b. 1804)
  • May 14 John Roberts, Welsh composer, minister and poet, dies at 54
  • May 29 John Lothrop Motley, American historian and author (The Rise of the Dutch Republic), dies at 63