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Historical Events in May 1893

  • May 1 World Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago
  • May 4 Cowboy Bill Pickett invents bulldogging, the skill of grabbing cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground

Historic CommunicationPanic of 1893

May 5 Panic of 1893 causes a large crash on the NY Stock Exchange

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The panicked scene at the New York Stock Exchange on the infamous morning of Friday, 5 May, 1893
The panicked scene at the New York Stock Exchange on the infamous morning of Friday, 5 May, 1893
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  • May 10 19th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Kunze aboard Lookout wins in 2:39.25
  • May 10 Imperial Institute in London opens

Sports record brokenWorld Record

May 11 Henri Desgrange establishes world's 1st bicycle world record, travelling 35.325 km (21.95 miles) an hour

Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France Henri Desgrange
Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France
Henri Desgrange
  • May 19 Heavy rain washes "quick clay" into a deep valley killing 111 in Norway
  • May 22 Montreal Athletic Association beat Ottawa Generals 2-1, in 1st Cup Game
  • May 27 Audath Yisroel forms at Kattowitz (Katowice) Poland
  • May 31 Whitcomb Judson, Chicago, patents a hookless fastening (zipper)