Historical Events in May 1885

  • May 1 Maria "Goeie Mie" Swanenburg sentence to life for killing 27 in Netherlands
  • May 2 "Good Housekeeping" magazine is 1st published
  • May 2 Congo Free State formed by King Leopold II of Belgium
  • May 7 John E W Thompson named US minister to Haiti
  • May 8 Sarah Ann Henley survives 76-m jump from Clifton Bridge in Bristol, England

Victory in Battle

May 12 Battle of Batoche: Louis Riel and the Metis defeated by Frederick Middleton, leads to collapse of Provincial Government of Saskatchewan and surrender of Riel

  • May 14 11th Kentucky Derby: Babe Henderson aboard Joe Cotton wins in 2:37.25
  • May 15 Canadian M├ętis insurgent Louis Reil captured in the aftermath of the Battle of Batoche in Saskatchewan
  • May 19 1st mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn, Massachusetts)

Historic Event

May 19 German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck takes possession of Cameroon and Togoland

  • May 22 13th Preakness: Jim McLaughlin aboard Tecumseh wins in 2:49
  • May 31 Dr John Harvey Kellogg of Battle Creek, Michigan files application for patent for "flaked cereal, and process of making same"