Historical Events in May 1883

  • May 1 "Buffalo Bill" Cody puts on his 1st Wild West Show
  • May 1 Amsterdam World's Fair opens
  • May 1 Baseball returns to Philadelphia, 1st NL game since 1876
  • May 1 NY Athletic Club hires Bob Rogers as 1st American pro sports trainer
  • May 4 John Gordon Cashmans publishes 1st edition "Vicksburg Evening Post" (Mississippi)
  • May 15 Italy signs military treaty with Austria-Hungary & Germany
  • May 17 Buffalo Bill Cody's 1st wild west show premieres in Omaha
  • May 22 Cubs' Billy Sunday's 1st at bat, begins 14 consecutive strikes out
  • May 23 9th Kentucky Derby: William Donohue aboard Leonatus wins in 2:43
  • May 23 Baseball game between one-armed and one-legged players at Recreation Park, Philadelphia, Snorkeys defeat the Hoppers 33-17

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May 24 Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Arthur and NY Governor Cleveland

21st US President Chester A. Arthur
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  • May 26 11th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Jacobus wins in 2:42.5
  • May 27 Tsar Alexander III crowned in Moscow
  • May 30 Stampede caused by a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse kills 12
  • May 31 French fleet under Pierre begins siege of Tamatave, Madagascar