On This Day

What Happened in May 1880

Historical Events

  • May 18 6th Kentucky Derby: George Garrett Lewis aboard Fonso wins in 2:37.5; race run in estimated 5 inch deep dust
  • May 28 8th Preakness: L Hughes aboard Grenada wins in 2:40.5
  • May 31 League of American Wheelmen (1st US bicycle association), forms in Newport, Rhode Island

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Conrad Weiss, German writer and poet (Tantum dic verbo) (d. 1940)
  • May 6 Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Ironside, British fieldmarshal, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1959)
  • May 12 Lincoln Ellsworth, American polar explorer, led 1st transarctic, transantarctic flights, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1951)
  • May 12 W. Hupkes, Dutch engineer and Dutch Rail director
  • May 14 Wilhelm List, German field marshal (d. 1971)
  • May 15 Otto Dibelius, German theologist/bishop (Confessional Church)
  • May 16 Julian Tannen, NY, comedian (Great Moment)
  • May 19 Allard R Hulshoff, architect of Amsterdam (1924)
  • May 21 Pablo Luna, Spanish composer (De España vengo), born in Alhama de Aragón, Spain (d. 1942)
  • May 21 Tudor Arghezi, Romanian writer (d. 1967)
  • May 25 Jean Alexandre Barré, French neurologist who helped identify the Guillain-Barré-Strohl syndrome, born in Nantes, France (d. 1967)
  • May 29 Oswald Spengler, German historian and philosopher (Decline of West), born in Blankenburg, Duchy of Brunswick, German Empire (d. 1936)

Famous Weddings

George Eliot

May 6 Novelist Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot) (60) marries banker John Cross (40) at George's, London

Robert Louis Stevenson

May 19 Novelist Robert Louis Stevenson (29) weds Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne (40) in San Francisco

Famous Deaths

  • May 3 Jonathan Homer Lane, American astrophysicist who mathematically analyzed the Sun as a gaseous body, dies at 60
  • May 4 Edward Clark, Governor of Texas (b. 1815)
  • May 8 Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (Madame Bovary), dies at 58
  • May 9 Johann Hermann Berens, German composer, dies at 54
  • May 10 John Goss, British organist and composer (Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven), dies at 79
  • May 16 Karl August Krebs, composer, dies at 76
  • May 20 Eugene LFC prince the Ligne, Belgian prince of Ambise, dies at 76
  • May 22 Heinrich von Gagern, German liberal politician, dies at 80
  • May 26 John Curwen, English Congregationalist minister and founder of Tonic sol-fa music system, dies at 63
  • May 31 Hippolyte Mège-Mouriés, French chemist and inventor of margarine, dies at 62