Historical Events in May 1873

  • May 1 1st US postal card issued
  • May 1 Emperor Franz Joseph opens 5th World's Exposition in Vienna

FireworksNotable Fireworks

May 1 Alexandra Palace opens on Queen Victoria's 54th birthday with a grand celebration including concerts, recitals and fireworks

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Victoria
  • May 7 US marines attack Panama
  • May 9 Der Krach: Vienna stock market crash heralds the Long Depression
  • May 12 Oscar II of Sweden-Norway is crowned King of Sweden

InventionHistoric Invention

May 20 Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent the first blue jeans with copper rivets

Fashion Designer Levi Strauss
Fashion Designer
Levi Strauss
  • May 23 1st Preakness Stakes: G. Barbee aboard Survivor wins in 2:43 at Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland
  • May 23 Canada's North West Mounted Police Force forms (it didn't get the "Royal" until 1904)
  • May 23 Postal cards sold in San Francisco for 1st time
  • May 24 Leo Delibes' opera "Le Roi l'a Dit" premieres in Paris

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

May 27 Heinrich Schliemann discovers "Priam's Treasure" a cache of gold and other objects in Hisarlik (Troy) in Anatolia

Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann
Archaeologist
Heinrich Schliemann