What Happened on May 1, 1884

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Catcher Moses Walker is acknowledged as the first African-American to play major league baseball joining the Toledo Blue Stockings
  • Construction begins on Chicago's 1st skyscraper (10 stories)
  • Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States.

Famous Birthdays

  • Felipe Boero, composer
  • Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and auto racer (1931 Le Mans), born in Mayfair, London (d. 1964)

Famous Weddings

  • "Poems of Passion" author Ella Wheeler Wilcox (33) weds Robert M. Wilcox in Milwaukee, Wisconsin