Historical Events in May 1895

  • May 6 21st Kentucky Derby: James "Soup" Perkins aboard Halma wins last KD run over a distance of 1.5 miles (2.4km)
  • May 7 Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention - the world's first radio receiver in St. Petersberg. Celebrated as Radio Day in Russia.
  • May 8 China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki

Sports History

May 17 W. G. Grace completes his 100th 100 v Somerset at Bristol

  • May 20 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)
  • May 24 Henry Irving becomes the first actor to receive a knighthood
  • May 25 20th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Belmar wins in 1:50.5

Historic Event

May 25 Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for gross indecency

  • May 25 The Republic of Formosa is formed, with Tang Ching-sung as the president
  • May 27 British inventor Birt Acres patents film camera/projector
  • May 30 English cricket icon W. G. Grace scores 169 for Gloucestershire against Middlesex at Lord's for his 1,000th first-class run of the season in just 22 days