On This Day

Historical Events in May 1891

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Legendary pitcher Cy Young wins first game played at Cleveland's League Park; Cleveland Spiders 12, Cincinnati Redlegs 3

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young

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May 5 Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in New York, Tchaikovsky is guest conductor

  • May 6 Conductors on London General Omnibus Company go on strike
  • May 7 Battle in Bunyoro: Capt F Lugard stops Muslim rebellion, 300 killed

MurderAssassination Attempt

May 11 The Otsu Scandal: While visiting Japan, Prince Nicholas (later Tsar Nicholas II) survives an assassination attempt

  • May 12 Riot against tax increase in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • May 13 17th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Kingman wins in 2:52.25
  • May 15 British Central African Protectorate (now Malawi) forms

Music releaseMusic Premiere

May 15 Jules Massenet's opera "Grisélidis" premieres in Paris

Composer Jules Massenet
Composer
Jules Massenet
  • May 15 Operations begin at Philips & Co in Holland

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

May 15 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Rerum novarum

256th Pope Leo XIII
256th Pope
Leo XIII
  • May 16 George A. Hormel & Co establishes Geo. A.Hormel & Co. (Hormel Foods Corporation) in Austin, Minnesota
  • May 19 Rice Institute, which became Rice University in Houston, Texas, is chartered

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May 20 History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope to members of the National Federation of Women's Club

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • May 21 Australian boxer Peter Jackson and future world heavyweight champion Jim Corbett fight a No Contest in 61 rounds at California Athletic Club, San Francisco
  • May 31 Work on trans-Siberian railway begins