On This Day

What Happened on May 15, 1891

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • British Central African Protectorate (now Malawi) forms
  • Jules Massenet's opera "Grisélidis" premieres in Paris
  • Operations begin at Philips & Co in Holland
  • Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Rerum novarum

Famous Birthdays

  • Chief Nipo T Strongheart, US Native American actor (Pony Soldier), born in Yakima, Washington
  • David Vogel, Russian-born Hebrew writer (Huwelijksleven), born in Satanov, Russian Empire (d. 1944)
  • Fritz Feigl, Austrian Brazilian chemist (spot tests), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1971)
  • Mikhail Bulgakov, Russian playwright and novelist ( The Master and Margarita, Black Snow), born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 1940)