What Happened in May 1882

Historical Events

  • May 6 Chinese Exclusion Act: US Congress ceases Chinese immigration

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 6 Epping Forest, England, dedicated by Queen Victoria

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Victoria
  • May 6 Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin
  • May 8 David Belasco's "La Belle Russe" premieres in NYC
  • May 9 Telegraph Hill RR Co (Cable Cars) in San Francisco organized
  • May 13 Toba indians kill 20 members of French expedition in Argentina
  • May 15 May Laws-Tsar Alexander III bans Jews from living in rural Romania
  • May 16 8th Kentucky Derby: Babe Hurd aboard Apollo wins in 2:40.00
  • May 20 Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy sign the Triple Alliance
  • May 20 Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" (Gengangere) premieres in Chicago
  • May 20 Gotthard rail tunnel between Switzerland & Italy opens
  • May 23 6" of snow falls in eastern Iowa
  • May 27 10th Preakness: T Costello aboard Vanguard wins in 2:44.5

Famous Birthdays

  • May 4 Wilhelm Lehmann, German writer, born in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela (d. 1968)
  • May 5 Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist
  • May 6 Georgi Atanasov, Bulgarian composer (Gergana), born in Plovdiv (d. 1931)
  • May 6 Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany (d. 1951)
  • May 7 Willem Elsschot [Alfons Josephus de Ridder], Flemish writer (Mend), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1960)
  • May 8 Philips C Visser, Dutch explorer/diplomat

Person of interestHenry J. Kaiser

May 9 Henry J. Kaiser, American ship builder and industrialist (Liberty Ships, Jeeps, Boulder Dam), born in Sprout Brook, New York (d. 1967)

Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser
Industrialist
Henry J. Kaiser
  • May 9 George Barker, American painter (d. 1965)
  • May 10 Thurston Hall, American actor (Roaming Lady, In Society), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • May 11 Joseph Marx, Austrian composer/critic
  • May 13 Georges Braque, French cubist painter and sculptor (My bicycle) who helped develop Cubism with Pablo Picasso, born in Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise (d. 1963)
  • May 18 Eduardo Fabini, composer
  • May 18 Babe Adams, American baseball player (d. 1968)
  • May 19 Mohammed Mosaddeq, Prime Minister of Iran (d. 1967)
  • May 20 Sigrid Undset, Norwegian novelist (Kristin Lavransdatter, Nobel 1928)
  • May 21 Georgine M "May" Basting, actress (Occupier, Hostage Rights of Aemstel), born (d. 1950)
  • May 23 James Gleason, American writer and actor (Bishop's Wife, Flying Fool), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • May 25 Harry Fox [Arthur Carringford], American vaudeville dancer, comedian and actor (Talent Scout), born in Pomona, California (d. 1959)
  • May 25 Marie Doro, American stage and film actress of the early silent film era (The Heart of Nora Flynn, The White Pearl), born in Duncannon, Pennsylvania (d. 1956)
  • May 29 Doris Ulmann, American photographer
  • May 30 Wyndham Halswelle, Scottish runner (d. 1915)
  • May 31 S├índor Graf Festetics, Hungarian politician (d. 1956)

Famous Deaths

  • May 6 Frederick Cavendish, assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin
  • May 6 Thomas Henry Burke, assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin
  • May 13 Jules-Nicolas Crevaux, French explorer, murdered at 35
  • May 29 Vasily Perov, Russian painter (b. 1833)