On This Day

Historical Events in May 1869

  • May 1 Folies Bergère opens in Paris
  • May 2 The Folies Trévise (later cabaret hall Folies Bergère) opens as an opera house in Paris, France
  • May 4 Cincinnati Red Stockings play their 1st official baseball game, a win against the Great Western Base Ball Club, 45-9
  • May 4 The Naval Battle of Hakodate takes place in Japan.

The Golden Spike

May 10 Golden Spike driven, completing the 1st US Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah and connecting the Central Pacific Railroad with the Union Pacific

  • May 18 Robert Tanner Freeman is 1st African American to graduate from Harvard Dental School
  • May 18 Surrender and dissolution of the Ezo Republic to Japan
  • May 26 Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts