Historical Events in May 1868

  • May 4 World's largest book, the Kuthodaw Inscription Shrines recording whole of Buddhist scriptures on 729 marble tablets completed and opened to the public in Mandalay, Burma

Music Premiere

May 9 Anton Bruckner's 1st Symphony in C, premieres

  • May 9 The city of Reno, Nevada, is founded
  • May 14 Japanese Boshin War: end of the Battle of Utsunomiya Castle, former Shogunate forces withdraw northward to Aizu by way of Nikkō
  • May 15 Dutch government of Zuylen van Nijevelt falls
  • May 16 Bedřich Smetana's opera "Dalibor" premieres at the New Town Theatre in Prague

Historic Event

May 16 US Senate fails to impeach President Andrew Johnson by one vote

  • May 20 Republican National Convention, meets in Chicago, nominates Grant
  • May 22 Train robbery at Marshfield, Indiana by the Reno Brothers Gang, who make off with $98,000
  • May 25 Australian Aboriginal Cricket tour of England begins v Surrey Gentlemen
  • May 26 US President Andrew Johnson is acquitted by the Senate by one vote during his impeachment trial
  • May 29 Michael Obrenovich III, Prince of Serbia, is assassinated in Belgrade
  • May 30 "Decoration Day", later called Memorial Day is first observed in Northern US states
  • May 31 1st Memorial Day parade held in Ironton, Ohio
  • May 31 Dr James Moore (UK) wins 1st recorded bicycle race, (2k) velocipede race at Parc fde St Cloud, Paris