On This Day

What Happened on May 11, 1888

Historical Events

  • 16th Preakness: F Littlefield aboard Refund wins in 2:49

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestIrving Berlin

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
  • P A J Losecaat Vermeer, leader of Dutch High Council
  • Willis A. Lee, World War II U.S. naval admiral (d. 1945)
1888 Highlights

About May 11, 1888

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 132 years, 5 months and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Lost Generation
Star Sign: Taurus