On This Day

Historical Events in May 1876

  • May 2 Ross Barnes hit 1st home run in National League
  • May 2 The April Uprising breaks out in Bulgaria
  • May 10 Centennial Fair opens in Philadelphia
  • May 13 Amersfoort-Zutphen railway in the Netherlands opens
  • May 15 2nd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Swim aboard Vagrant wins in 2:38.25

Historic Invention

May 16 Pharmacist Charles E. Hires presents "Hires Root Beer" at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [1] [2]

Historic Event

May 17 7th US Cavalry under General George Armstrong Custer leaves Fort Lincoln

  • May 25 1st tie in NL history (Athletics & Louisville, 2-2 in 14)
  • May 25 4th Preakness: G. Barbee aboard Shirley wins in 2:44.75
  • May 26 HMS Challenger returns from 128,000-km oceanographic exploration
  • May 30 Ottoman sultan Abd-ul-Aziz is deposed and succeeded by his nephew Murat V.