On This Day

Historical Events in May 1873

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

Historic Invention

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

  • 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" ("The King Has Spoken") premieres at the OpĂ©ra-Comique in Paris

Notable Fireworks

May 24 Alexandra Palace opens on Queen Victoria's 54th birthday with a grand celebration including concerts, recitals and fireworks

Historic Discovery

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