On This Day

What Happened in May 1895

Historical Events

  • May 6 21st Kentucky Derby: Soup Perkins aboard Halma wins in 2:37.50
  • May 7 Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention - the world's first radio receiver in St. Petersberg. Celebrated as Radio Day in Russia.
  • May 8 China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 17 W. G. Grace completes his 100th 100 v Somerset at Bristol

Cricketer W. G. Grace
Cricketer
W. G. Grace
  • May 20 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)
  • May 24 Henry Irving becomes the first actor to receive a knighthood
  • May 25 20th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Belmar wins in 1:50.5

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May 25 Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for gross indecency

Writer and Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer and Poet
Oscar Wilde
  • May 25 The Republic of Formosa is formed, with Tang Ching-sung as the president.
  • May 27 British inventor Birt Acres patents film camera/projector
  • May 30 W. G. Grace scores his 1,000th Cricket run of the season after 22 days

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Leo Sowerby, American organist and composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1946), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1968)
  • May 2 Alfred Kurella, German author and functionary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany in East Germany, born in Brieg, Silesia (d. 1975)
  • May 2 Peggy Bacon, American author and illustrator (Off With Their Heads), born in Ridgefield, Connecticut (d. 1987)
  • May 2 Lorenz Hart, American lyricist (I Could Write A Book, My Funny Valentine), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1943)
  • May 3 Ernst Kantorowicz, German-American historian (Laudes regiae), born in Posen, Prussia (d. 1963)
  • May 3 Cornelius Van Til, Dutch philosopher and Christian apologist, Grootegast, Netherlands (d. 1987)

Person of interestRudolph Valentino

May 6 Rudolph Valentino, Italian actor and silent movie idol (The Sheik, Eagle), born in Castellaneta, Italy (d. 1926)

Actor and Silent Film Idol Rudolph Valentino
Actor and Silent Film Idol
Rudolph Valentino
  • May 6 Fidél Pálffy, Hungarian National socialist (leading supporter of Nazism in Hungary), born in Szentgyörgy, Austria-Hungary (d. 1946)
  • May 6 Júlio César de Mello e Souza, Brazilian writer (The Man Who Counted), born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1974)
  • May 8 Edmund Wilson, American critic/writer (Patriotic Gore)
  • May 8 Fulton J Sheen, America bishop (Life is Worth Living), born in El Paso, Illinois
  • May 8 Jose Gomez, [Joselito el Gallo], bullfighter
  • May 8 James H. "Dutch" Kindelberger, American aerospace pioneer (d. 1962)
  • May 9 Lucian Blaga, Romanian philosopher and poet (Dogmatic Aeon), born in Lámkerék, Szeben County, Austria-Hungary (d. 1961)
  • May 9 Richard Barthelmess, American actor (Broken Blossoms, Noose, Heroes for Sales), born in NYC, New York (d. 1963)
  • May 11 Jan Parandowski, writer
  • May 11 William Grant Still, American composer ("Afro-American" Symphony), born in Woodville, Mississippi (d. 1978)
  • May 12 Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (Songs of Life), born in Madanapalle, India (d. 1986)
  • May 14 Lew Lehr, comedian (Stop Me if I heard this One), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 14 Renato Lunelli, composer
  • May 15 Charles Lamont, director (Abbott & Costello Go to Mars), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 15 William D. Byron, U.S. Congressman (d. 1941)
  • May 19 Albert Hay Malotte, composer
  • May 19 Cecil Gray, Scottish composer and music critic (d. 1959)
  • May 20 Reginald J "R" Mitchell, English aviation manufacturer (Spitfire)
  • May 24 Hunter "Stork" Hendry, Australian cricketer (Australian all-rounder post-WWI), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1988)
  • May 24 Samuel I Newhouse Sr., American businessman and publisher (Parade, Vogue, Glamour), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • May 26 Dorothea Lange, American documentary photographer, born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1965)

Person of interestPaul Lukas

May 26 Paul Lukas, Hungarian actor (Watch on the Rhine, Sphynx), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1971)

Actor Paul Lukas
Actor
Paul Lukas
  • May 27 Marij Kogoj, Slovenian composer, born in Trieste (d. 1956)
  • May 30 Maurice Tate, cricketer (great England pace bowler of 20's)

Famous Deaths

  • May 15 Joseph Whitaker, British publisher (Whitaker's Almanack), dies at 75
  • May 19 Jose J Marti y Perez, Spanish/Cuban poet (Versos sencillos), dies
  • May 21 Franz von Suppé, Austrian composer (Poet und Bauer), dies at 76
  • May 21 Mary Harris Thompson, 1st American woman surgeon, dies at 66
  • May 23 Franz E. Neumann, German mineralogist, mathematician and physicist, dies at 96
  • May 24 Joseph Quinaux, Belgian painter (landscape paintings), dies at 73
  • May 24 Hugh McCulloch, US Treasury Secretary (1884-85, 85-69), dies at 86
  • May 25 Ahmed Djevdet Pasja, Turkish minister of Justice, dies at 73