On This Day

What Happened on May 22, 1885

Historical Events

  • 13th Preakness: Jim McLaughlin aboard Tecumseh wins in 2:49

Famous Birthdays

  • Giacomo Matteotti, Italian Socialist Party leader, born in Fratta Polesine, Italy (d. 1924)
  • Julio Fonseca, Costa Rican composer, born in San José, Costa Rica (d. 1950)
  • Soemu Toyoda, Japanese admiral during World War II, born in Kitsuki, Ōita, Japan (d. 1957

Famous Deaths

Person of interestVictor Hugo

Victor Hugo, French author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables), dies at 83

Author Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo

1885 Highlights

About May 22, 1885

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 135 years, 6 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Lost Generation
Star Sign: Gemini