On This Day

What Happened in May 1892

Historical Events

  • May 1 US Quarantine Station opens on Angel Island, San Francisco Bay
  • May 11 18th Kentucky Derby: Lonnie Clayton aboard Azra wins in 2:41½
  • May 19 Charles Brady King invents pneumatic hammer
  • May 19 National Society of Colonial Dames of America founded
  • May 20 George Sampson patents clothes dryer
  • May 21 Ruggero Leoncavallo's opera "I Pagliacci" premieres in Milan
  • May 22 Dr Washington Sheffield invents the toothpaste tube

Historic Event

May 28 Sierra Club formed by John Muir and others in San Francisco, for conservation of nature


Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Howard Barlow, American conductor (Voice of Firestone), born in Plain City, Ohio (d. 1972)

The Red Baron

May 2 Manfred von Richthofen [The Red Baron], German World War I fighter ace, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1918)

  • May 3 George Paget Thomson, English physicist who demonstrated electron diffraction (Nobel 1937), born in Cambridge, England (d. 1975) [1]
  • May 7 Archibald MacLeish, American lawyer and poet (Conquistador), born in Glencoe, Illinois (d. 1982)

Josip Broz Tito

May 7 Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslav communist revolutionary and leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80), born in Kumrovec, Hrvatsko Zagorje, Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia (d. 1980)

  • May 9 Eric Westberg, Swedish composer, born in Hudiksvall, Sweden (d. 1944)
  • May 9 Zita of Bourbon-Parma, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, born in Villa Pianore, Tuscany, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1989)
  • May 11 Margaret Rutherford, English actress (Murder Most Foul, The V.I.P.s), born in London (d. 1972)
  • May 12 Fritz Kortner, Austrian-born director (d. 1970)
  • May 14 Arthur Vincent Lourie, Russian composer, born in Propoysk, Russia (d. 1966)
  • May 14 Felix Petyrek, Austrian composer, born in Brno, Austria (d. 1951)
  • May 15 Jimmy Wilde, boxer (d. 1969)
  • May 16 Coenraad B van Haeringen, linguist/etymologist (Dutch Dictionary)
  • May 18 Ezio Pinza, Italian American operatic bass singer (South Pacific; RCA Victor Show), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1957)
  • May 19 Konstatin G Paustovski, Russian author (Povestj Zjizni) [OS]
  • May 19 George "Pops" Foster, American jazz upright bass player, tuba player, and trumpeter, born in Macoll, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • May 21 John Peale Bishop, American poet (This Side of Paradise), born in Charles Town, West Virginia (d. 1944)
  • May 22 Louis van Tulder, Dutch tenor (From Office Stool to High C), born in Amsterdam (d. 1969)
  • May 23 Rafael Moreno Aranzadi [Pichichi], Spanish soccer forward (5 caps; Athletic Bilbao), born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 1922)
  • May 27 Sara Heyblom, Dutch actress (Pygmalion, Fietsen naar de Maan), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • May 28 Minna Gombell, American actress (Bad Girl, Thin Man, Hello Sister), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1973)
  • May 29 Alfonsina Storni, Argentine poet (La inquietud del rosal), born in Sala Capriasca, Switzerland (d. 1938)
  • May 30 Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter (d. 1972)
  • May 31 Gregor Strasser, German political activist and NSDAP-Reich organization leader, born in Geisenfeld, Germany (d. 1934)
  • May 31 Konstatin G Paustovski, Russian author (Bespokojnaja Joenostj) [NS]
  • May 31 Louis Fourestier, French cellist, composer (Polynice; Patria), conductor (Paris Opera, 1938-65), and pedagogue (Paris Conservatoire, 1945-65), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1976)
  • May 31 Willem Ravelli, baritone singer
  • May 31 Michel Kikoine, Belarus painter (d. 1968)
  • May 31 Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky, Russian writer (d. 1968)

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Willem A Scholten, Dutch potato-flour manufacturer, dies at 89
  • May 2 Wilhelm Rust, German musicologist and composer, dies at 69
  • May 5 Jan Nepomuk Škroup, Czech composer, dies at 80
  • May 5 August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (b. 1818)
  • May 6 Ernest Guiraud, French opera composer (Piccolino; Sylvie), arranger (Bizet), and teacher, dies at 54
  • May 15 Arthur Hodister, British ivory seller (Heart of Darkness), murdered
  • May 16 John Banvard, American artist who painted worlds largest painting (3 mile canvas), dies at 75
  • May 16 Théodore-Joseph Canneel, Flemish painter, dies at 74
  • May 17 Gyorgy Klapka, Hungarian general/parliament leader, dies at 72
  • May 29 Baha'u'llah [Mirza HA Noeri], Persian founder (Baha'i), dies at 74