On This Day

What Happened on May 18, 1897

Historical Events

Historic Event

Herbert Henry Dow founds Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan

  • Irish Music Festival 1st held in Dublin
  • MLB American baseball New York Giants' Bill Joyce sets record of 4 triples in 1 game

Music History

Paul Dukas' symphonic scherzo "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" (used in Disney's Fantasia film) premieres, based on poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Famous Birthdays

Frank Capra

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

  • 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? 124 years, 6 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Taurus