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], Russian-American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in history ("Always"; "God Bless America"; "White Christmas"; "Cheek To Cheek"), born in Tyumen, Siberia, 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 Augustus Lee, American World War II admiral (Guadalcanal) and sport shooter (5 Olympic golds 1920), born in Natlee, Kentucky (d. 1945)
1888 Highlights

About May 11, 1888

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 133 years, 5 months and 11 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Taurus