On This Day

Historical Events in May 1874

  • May 5 Dutch 2nd Chamber passes child labor law
  • May 9 London's Victoria Embankment opens
  • May 9 The first horse-drawn bus makes its d├ębut in the city of Mumbai, plying two routes
  • May 12 US Assay Office in Helena, Montana, authorized
  • May 13 Pope Pius IX encyclical "On Greek-Ruthenian rite"
  • May 14 1st admission charge at a football game, Harvard beats Uni of McGill (Montreal) 3-0
  • May 16 1st recorded dam disaster in US (Williamsburg, Massachusetts)
  • May 26 2nd Preakness: William Donohue aboard Culpepper wins in 2:56.5
  • May 29 Present constitution of Switzerland takes effect