What Happened in May 1878

Historical Events

  • May 2 US stops minting 20 cent coin
  • May 4 Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House
  • May 8 1st unassisted triple play in organized baseball, by Paul Hines

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 David Edward Hughes' paper on the idea for a microphone is read before the Royal Society of London by Thomas Henry Huxley

  • May 14 Vaseline is granted a patent (U.S. Patent 127,568)
  • May 19 Blanche Kelso Bruce appointed register of treasury by President Garfield
  • May 21 4th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Carter aboard Day Star wins in 2:37.25
  • May 23 Atty John Henry Smyth named US minister to Liberia
  • May 24 CA Parker (Harvard) wins 1st American bike race, Beacon Park Boston
  • May 25 Gilbert & Sullivan's opera "HMS Pinafore" premieres in London
  • May 27 6th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Duke of Magenta wins in 2:41.75
  • May 27 Australians Cricket 41 & 12-1 defeat MCC 33 & 19
  • May 31 German battleship SMS Grosser Kurf├╝rst sinks, 284 killed
  • May 31 US Congress accepts decrease in dollar circulation

Famous Birthdays

  • May 10 Gustav Stresemann, German chancellor (1923, Nobel 1926)
  • May 11 Jan Machiel Reyskens, oldest male resident of the Netherlands, (d. 1990 aged 111)
  • May 14 James L. Wilkinson, American baseball executive (d. 1964)
  • May 15 Francisco Pujol, composer
  • May 16 Taylor Holmes, American actor (Sleeping Beauty, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1959)
  • May 19 Adam von Ahn Carse, composer
  • May 21 Glenn Hammond Curtiss, American inventor (hydroplane)
  • May 21 Louis de Visser, Dutch politician (CPN)
  • May 24 Lillian Moller Gilbreth, engineer (CIOS Gold Medal-1954)
  • May 25 Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, American actor and tap dancer (Stormy Weather, Little Colonel), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1949)
  • May 28 Paul Pelliot, French sinologist (d. 1945)
  • May 30 Mike Donlin, American baseball player (d. 1933)

Famous Deaths

  • May 14 Ookubo Toshimichi, Japanese statesman, samurai, and one of the three great nobles who led the Meiji Restoration (b. 1830)
  • May 22 Franz von Holstein, composer, dies at 52
  • May 27 Carlo Marsili, composer, dies at 49

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 28 John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, British Prime Minister (Whig: 1846-52 and 1865-66), dies at 85

British Prime Minister John Russell
British Prime Minister
John Russell