What Happened in May 1901

Historical Events

  • May 1 Chicago White Sox outfielder Herm McFarland hits the first grand slam in American League history in a 19-9 win at home against Detroit. The Tigers committed 12 errors
  • May 1 Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo
  • May 3 Fire destroys 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville, Florida
  • May 8 In their long-delayed AL home opener, Boston defeats Philadelphia 12-4
  • May 8 A British appointed commission estimates today that some 1,250,000 Indians have died after a severe drought, lasting since 1899
  • May 9 Cleveland's Earl Moore no-hits Chicago White Sox 9 inn but loses in 10th 4-2

AustraliaFirst Australian Parliament

May 9 The first Australian Parliament opens in Melbourne, though the first working session will not be until 21 May
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  • May 9 A financial panic begins in the USA following the struggle between two groups to control the railroads between the Great Lakes and the Pacific
  • May 12 US President McKinley visits San Francisco
  • May 16 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Priory School" (BG)
  • May 23 35th Belmont: H Spencer aboard Commando wins in 2:21
  • May 23 Indians score 9 runs after 2 outs in 9th to beat Senators 14-13
  • May 23 Ottawa Mint Act receives Royal Assent

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 23 US captures leader of Filipino rebels, Emilio Aguinaldo

Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo
  • May 24 Seventy-eight miners die in the Caerphilly pit disaster in South Wales
  • May 28 26th Preakness: Fred Landry aboard The Parader wins in 1:47.2
  • May 28 Laws against phosphor matches enacted (inhibition white phosphorous)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

May 29 Ignacy Jan Paderewski's opera "Manru" has its world premiere in Dresden

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  • May 30 Hall of Fame for Great American on NYU campus dedicated
  • May 31 At the opening of the Greek National Assembly, Prince George, High Commissioner of Crete, asks it to endorse the union of Crete with Greece; the proposal is later rejected

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Heinz Eric Roemheld, American film composer (d. 1985)
  • May 1 Antal Szerb, Hungarian author and historian (d. 1945)
  • May 1 Slats Gill, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (36 seasons Oregon State), born in Salem, Oregon (d. 1966)
  • May 2 Lev Lunts, Russian writer (Outside the Law, City of Truth), born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1924)
  • May 2 Bob Wyatt, English cricket player (1927-37), born in Surrey (d. 1995)
  • May 2 Willi Bredel, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1964)
  • May 3 Gino Cervi, Italian actor (Les Miserables, Naked Maja), born in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (d. 1974)
  • May 5 Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist (d. 1959)

Person of interestGary Cooper

May 7 Gary Cooper, American actor (Sgt York, High Noon), born in Helena, Montana (d. 1961)

  • May 7 Lowell T. Coggeshall, American medical scientist and US Secretary of HEW (1956-58), born in Saratoga, Indiana (d. 1987)
  • May 7 Marcel Poot, Belgian baron and composer, born in Vilvoorde, Belgium (d. 1988)
  • May 8 Turkey Stearnes, baseball player (d. 1979)
  • May 9 John Forest "Fuzzy" Knight, American actor (Oklahoma Annie, Cowby & the Lady), born in Fairmont, West Virginia (d. 1976)
  • May 9 George Duckworth, cricket wicket-keeper (England late 20's early 30's)
  • May 10 Albert Dondeyne, Belgian philosopher/theologist
  • May 11 Mari Sandoz, Nebraska, author (Cheyenne Autumn)
  • May 12 Hyam Greenbaum, composer

Person of interestWitold Pilecki

May 13 Witold Pilecki, Polish WWII resistance fighter (volunteered to go to Auschwitz, Witold's Report), born in Olonets, Russian Empire

Polish Resistance Fighter Witold Pilecki
Polish Resistance Fighter
Witold Pilecki
  • May 14 Robert Ritter, German psychologist (d. 1951)
  • May 15 Xavier Herbert, Australian author (d. 1984)
  • May 15 Luis Monti, Argentine-Italian footballer (d. 1983)
  • May 17 Werner Egk, Auchsesheim Germany, composer (Die Zaubergeige)
  • May 18 Harry Robert Wilson, composer
  • May 18 Henri-Pierre Sauguet, composer (La Chotte), born in Bordeaux, France
  • May 18 Vincent du Vigneaud, US biochemist
  • May 19 Manuel Ivo Cruz, Portuguese composer and founder of Philharmonic Orchestra of Lisbon, born in Corumbá, Brazil (d. 1985)
  • May 20 Max Euwe, Netherlands, world chess champion (1935-37)
  • May 20 Otto Waldis, Austrian actor (Port of Hell, Unknown World), born n Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1974)
  • May 21 Horace Heidt, Alameda California, orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon)
  • May 21 Suzanne Lilar, [Verbist], France/Belgian writer (Le burlador)
  • May 22 Maurice J. Tobin, 56th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • May 23 Edmund Rubbra, Northampton England, composer (Morning Watch) [or 3/23]
  • May 24 JosĂ© Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (d. 1968)
  • May 25 Milenko Zivkovic, composer
  • May 27 Conrad Elvehjem, McFarland, Wisconsin, USA, American biochemist and nutrition scientist (discovered niacin)
  • May 30 Cornelia Otis Skinner, Chic, writer (When Our Hearts Were Young & Gay)
  • May 31 Alfredo Antonini, American conductor and composer (d. 1983)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

May 25 Anton Chekhov (41), Russian physician, dramatist and author marries actress Olga Knipper (31)

Author and Playwright Anton Chekhov
Author and Playwright
Anton Chekhov

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 John Jones Ross, Canadian politician, Premier of Quebec (1884-1887), dies at 69
  • May 13 Leopoldo Alas, Spanish novelist (La Regenta), dies at 49
  • May 19 Marthinus Wessels Pretorius, 1st pres Rep South-Africa, dies at 81
  • May 30 Victor D'Hondt, Belgian mathematician (b. 1841)