What Happened in May 1888

Historical Events

  • May 4 Italy & Spain sign military covenant
  • May 7 Edouard Lalo's opera "Le roi d'Ys" premieres in Paris
  • May 11 16th Preakness: F Littlefield aboard Refund wins in 2:49
  • May 12 Crouching start 1st used in track and field by Charles Sherrill of Yale
  • May 13 DeWolf Hooper 1st recites "Casey at Bat"
  • May 13 Princess Isabel of Brazil signs "Lei Auréa" abolishing slavery
  • May 14 14th Kentucky Derby: George Covington aboard MacBeth II wins in 2:38.00
  • May 16 CPR opens Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • May 22 Leroy Buffington patents a system to build skyscrapers

Famous Birthdays

  • May 6 Emmanuel Celler, (Rep-D-NY, 1923-73)
  • May 9 Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector and museum director (d. 1964)
  • May 10 Max Steiner, Austrian composer (Gone With the Wind), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1971)

Person of interestIrving Berlin

May 11 Irving Berlin [Israel Isidore Baline], American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history (God Bless America, White Xmas), born in Tyumen, Russian Empire (d. 1989)

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • May 11 P A J Losecaat Vermeer, leader of Dutch High Council
  • May 11 Willis A. Lee, World War II U.S. naval admiral (d. 1945)
  • May 14 Miles Mander, British actor (Tower of London, Wuthering Heights, Murder!), born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England (d. 1946)
  • May 15 Jean Wahl, French philosopher
  • May 17 A P "Tich" Freeman, cricket leg-spinner (legend for Kent & England)
  • May 17 Selmer Jackson, American actor (The Grapes of Wrath, Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), born in Lake Mills, Iowa (d. 1971)
  • May 21 May Aufderheide, composer
  • May 23 Adrian Roland Holst, Dutch poet (Raged & Tired)
  • May 23 Zack Wheat, American baseball player (d. 1972)
  • May 25 Miles Malleson, British writer and actor (Phantom of the Opera, Postman's Knock), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 1969)
  • May 27 Louis Durey, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1979)
  • May 30 James A Farley, postmaster general (1932-38)
  • May 31 Jack Holt, American golddigger and actor (Cat People, San Francisco, Brimstone), born in NYC, New York (d. 1951)

Famous Deaths

  • May 17 Giacomo Zanella, Italian poet (b. 1820)