On This Day

Historical Events in May 1894

  • May 10 Hong Kong government declares port is infected with the plague. The outbreak will go on to kill 20,489 over 29 years.
  • May 11 American RR Union strikes Pullman Sleeping Car Co
  • May 12 Ludwig Englander's musical "Passing Show" premieres in NYC
  • May 14 Fire in Boston bleachers spreads to 170 adjoining buildings
  • May 15 20th Kentucky Derby: Frank Goodale aboard Chant wins in 2:41
  • May 16 Fire in Boston destroys the South End Grounds baseball stadium and 200 other buildings
  • May 17 19th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Assignee wins in 1:49.25
  • May 21 22-year-old French Anarchist Émile Henry is executed by guillotine. His last words were reputed to be "Courage, camarades! Vive l'anarchie!"
  • May 23 William Love hosts groundbreaking ceremonies for Love Canal

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May 24 Lowell Observatory, Arizona, first begins observations of Mars with an eighteen-inch telescope, leads its builder Percival Lowell to conclude there are canals on Mars

Astronomer Percival Lowell
Astronomer
Percival Lowell
  • May 26 German Emanuel Lasker becomes undisputed World Chess Champion by beating Austrian-American defending titleholder Wilhelm Steinitz, 10-5 (4 draws) in Montreal, Canada
  • May 30 Boston Beaneaters baseball second baseman Bobby Lowe first to hit 4 home runs in one game in win against Cincinnati Reds