On This Day

What Happened on May 18, 1897

Historical Events

Book releaseHistoric Publication

"Dracula" by Irish author Bram Stoker is published by Archibald Constable and Company in London

Novelist Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker
  • American baseball NY Giant William (Bill) Joyce sets record of 4 triples in 1 game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Herbert Henry Dow founds Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan

Chemical Industrialist Herbert Henry Dow
Chemical Industrialist
Herbert Henry Dow
  • Irish Music Festival 1st held in Dublin
  • Paul Dukas' "L'Apprenti Sorcier Pruimtabak on the Market" premieres

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestFrank Capra

Frank Capra, Italian-American film director (Its a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night), born in Bisacquino, Italy (d. 1991)

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
  • Jack Raine, British actor (Quartet), born in London, England (d. 1979)
1897 Highlights

About May 18, 1897

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 123 years, 6 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Lost Generation
Star Sign: Taurus