What Happened in May 1902

Historical Events

  • May 3 28th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Winkfield on Alan-a-Dale wins in 2:08.75
  • May 6 British SS Camorta sinks off Rangoon; 739 die
  • May 6 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place" (BG)
  • May 6 Zulu assault at Holkrantz, South Africa
  • May 7 La Soufrière volcano on St Vincent kills 1,680 people
  • May 8 Mount Pelée on the French overseas island of Martinique erupts, wiping out the city of Saint-Pierre, killing 30,000 and leaving only two survivors
  • May 10 Portugal goes bankrupt, but its parliament passes a bill converting its external debt. Contributing to Portugal's troubles is recent revolt in its colony of Angola, put down 6 September
  • May 12 140,000 miners of anthracite coal in Pennsylvania go out on a strike called by the United Mine Workers after the owners have refused to recognize the UMW, negotiate or submit to arbitration
  • May 15 Lyman Gilmore is 1st person to fly a powered craft
  • May 15 "Bailundo Revolt" begins after Ovimbundu kingdom & allies revolt against Portuguese Empire in Benguela Highlands, central Portuguese Angola
  • May 16 2 deaf-mutes face each other for 1st time as Dummy Hoy leads off for the Reds against Dummy Taylor of the Giants, Reds win 5-3
  • May 17 Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer
  • May 19 Great Britain and Boers resume peace talks in Pretoria
  • May 20 United States withdraws its troops from Cuba as the first Cuban president, Tomas Estrada Palma takes power
  • May 22 36th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Mastermam wins in 2:22.6

AgreementTreaty of Interest

May 22 US President Theodore Roosevelt signs a treaty with Mexico under which both countries agree to submit a long-standing dispute over interest payments to the Court of Arbitration at The Hague

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • May 24 Empire Day 1st celebrated in Britain
  • May 24 Cleve's Bill Bradley is 1st ALer to hit a HR run in 4 consecutive games, not duplicated until Babe Ruth does it June 25, 1918
  • May 27 27th Preakness: L Jackson aboard Old England wins in 1:45.8
  • May 29 Dutch State Mine law forms
  • May 30 Spanish King Alfonso XII, who was elected as a constitutional monarch, suspends the Cortes, Spain's parliament
  • May 31 Australia Cricket all out 36 v England, Edgbaston, their lowest ever
  • May 31 Boer War Ends; Treaty of Unity signed, Britain annexes Transvaal
  • May 31 Labor trouble and riots lead Spanish King Alfonso XII to impose martial law

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Brian Aherne, British actor (I Confess, Titanic, Juarez), born in King's Norton, Worcestershire, England (d. 1986)
  • May 2 Erin O'Brien-Moore, American actress (Peyton Place, Our Little Girl), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1979)
  • May 3 Hugo Friedhofer, American composer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1981)
  • May 3 Jack La Rue, American actor and TV narrator (Lights Out, Mouthpiece, My Favorite Brunette), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • May 3 Seton I. Miller, Hollywood screenwriter (Pete's Dragon, Istanbul), born in Chehalis, Washington (d. 1974)
  • May 3 Walter Slezak, Austrian actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Inspector General), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1983)
  • May 3 Alfred Kastler, French physicist (Nobel 1966 - Hertzian resonances within atoms), born in Guebwiller, Alsace, German Empire (d. 1984)
  • May 4 Cola Debrot, Dutch author and Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, born in Kralendijk, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • May 4 Cvjetko Rihtman, Bosnian composer, born in Rijeka, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • May 4 Rodney Meredith Thomas, English architect and painter, born in London (d. 1996)
  • May 6 Walter Dawson, British Air Chief marshall
  • May 6 Harry Golden, American journalist (d. 1981)
  • May 6 Max Ophüls, German-born director (d. 1957)
  • May 7 Sal Gliatto, American baseball player, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • May 8 Andre Michel Lwoff, physiologist
  • May 8 Milford "Curly" Page, cricketer (NZ bat early 1930's, All Black half)
  • May 10 David O Selznick, American Academy Award winning producer (Gone With the Wind, Rebecca), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • May 10 Joachim Prinz, German-American Zionist leader, author and Rabbi of Berlin (1926-37), born in Bierdzany, Prussia (d. 1988)
  • May 10 Anatole Litvak, Russian-born American film director, writer and producer (Mayerling, Anastasia, The Snake Pit), born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 1974)
  • May 11 Kaarlo Sarkia, Finnish poet (Unen Kaivo)
  • May 12 Heinrich Kirchner, German sculptor (d. 1984)
  • May 15 Richard J Daley, American politician (38th Mayor-Chicago-D:1955-76), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1976)
  • May 15 Anny Ondra, Czech actress (Blackmail, Manxman), born in Tarnów, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1987)
  • May 16 Jan Kiepura, Polish vocalist and actor (Her Wonderful Lie, Give Us this Night), born in Sosnowiec, Poland (d. 1966)
  • May 17 John Vincent, composer
  • May 18 [Robert] Meredith Willson, Mason City Iowa, composer (Music Man)
  • May 20 Hans Sahl, German American anti-Nazi Jewish writer, born in Dresden (d. 1993)
  • May 21 Earl Averill, baseball player (d. 1983)
  • May 21 Marcel Lajos Breuer, Hungarian-born architect (d. 1981)
  • May 22 Al Simmons, American baseball outfielder (A's), lifetime batting avg of .334 (d. 1956), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • May 23 Mark Lothar, German composer (The Story of the Lazy Bear), born in Berlin (d. 1985)
  • May 25 Helvi Lemmikke Leiviska, composer
  • May 27 Celius Dougherty, composer
  • May 30 Seton Howard Frederick Lloyd, English Archaeologist (Arzawa civilization, Turkey)
  • May 30 Stepin Fetchit [Lincoln Perry], American actor (Miracle in Harlem) 1st African American film star, born in Key West, Florida (d. 1985)
  • May 31 Billy Mayerl, composer
  • May 31 Henk Schaer [Hendricus Schaareman], Dutch actor and conductor (Majoor Barbara, Lijmen), born in Delft, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • May 31 Ralph Walter Wood, composer

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 John Glover, English chemist (production sulfuric acid), dies at 85
  • May 3 David R Capriles, Curacaos director of psychiatric, dies at 64
  • May 5 Bret Harte, American author (Outcasts of Poker Flat), dies at 65
  • May 26 Almon Strowger, American inventor (b. 1839)
  • May 27 Jan van Droogenbroeck, Flemish poet, dies