Historical Events in May 1887

  • May 2 Gioacchino Rossini's corpse transfered to Santa Croce, Florence

InventionHistoric Invention

May 2 Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film (used in Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope)

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • May 9 Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London
  • May 11 13th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Lewis aboard Montrose wins in 2:39.25
  • May 13 15th Preakness: William Donohue aboard Dunboyne wins in 2:39.25
  • May 18 Emmanuel Chabrier's opera "Le Roi Malgré Luis" premieres in Paris
  • May 23 1st transcontinental train arrives in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • May 24 Sultan Bargash of Zanzibar grants E African Association at East African harbors
  • May 25 Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die
  • May 26 Racetrack betting becomes legal in NY state