On This Day

Historical Events in May 1890

  • May 2 Territory of Oklahoma created
  • May 12 Louisiana legalizes prize fighting
  • May 12 First official County Cricket Championship match begins; Yorkshire beats Gloucestershire by 8 wickets at Bristol; James Cranston scores first century (101) in the competition
  • May 13 18th Preakness: W Martin aboard Montague wins in 2:36.75

Historic Event

May 13 Lord Salisbury offers Helgoland to Germany in exchange for Zanzibar, Uganda & Equatoria

  • May 14 16th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Riley wins in 2:45

Historic Event

May 14 British sailor David Beatty is promoted to sub-lieutenant

Theater Premiere

May 17 Clyde Fitch's play "Beau Brummel" premieres in NYC

  • May 17 Comic Cuts, 1st weekly comic paper, published in London
  • May 17 Pietro Mascagni's opera "Rustic Chivalry" premieres in Rome at the Teatro Costanzi

Historic Event

May 24 Leo von Caprivi succeeds Otto von Bismarck as Chancellor of Germany

  • May 24 Geo Train & Sam Wall circle world in record 67 days, Tacoma-Tacoma
  • May 24 Tivoli Theater of Varieties opens in London
  • May 30 First baseman Dave Foutz hits Brooklyn Bridegrooms' (later Dodgers) first ever home run during doubleheader defeats to Chicago Colts at Washington Park, Brooklyn
  • May 31 Ulm Minster, in Ulm, Germany, the tallest church in the world with a steeple 161.5m high, is finally completed (begun 1377)