On This Day

Historical Events in May 1881

  • May 5 Anti-Jewish rioting in Kyiv, Ukraine

Contract of Interest

May 8 Henry Morton Stanley signs the first of many contracts with the Congolian monarch

  • May 10 Lighthouse on Ameland begins operation
  • May 11 Bedřich Smetana's opera "Libuše" premieres iat the Natonal Theater, in Prague
  • May 12 Treaty of Bardo, Tunisia becomes a French protectorate
  • May 16 World's 1st electric tram enters service in Lichterfelder (near Berlin)
  • May 17 7th Kentucky Derby: HOF jockey Jim McLaughlin aboard heavy favourite Hindoo wins in 2:40.00

Appointment of Interest

May 17 Frederick Douglass appointed recorder of deeds for Washington, D.C.

  • May 17 Revised version of New Testament

Historic Event

May 21 American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton

  • May 21 US National Lawn Tennis Association is established in NYC, New York
  • May 24 Overloaded Canadian river ferry "Princess Victoria" sinks near London, Ontario, 180 die
  • May 24 Turkey cedes Thessaly and Arta back to Greece.
  • May 27 9th Preakness: T Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:40.5